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"A Crisis Looms": Post-War Affluence, the Regional Planning Revolution, and the Origins of the Adirondack Park Agency

Presented in Memory of John R. Collins, Jr. (1938 – 2017)

July 9, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Phil Terrie

Phil Terrie presents an illustrated lecture on the historical context of the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency. After World War II, the Adirondack Park, like many rural parts of the United States, faced unprecedented pressures. Both public and private lands appeared to be threatened by schemes for massive development of second homes and new forms of mechanized recreation. Simultaneously, a movement to establish long-range planning for previously unregulated open spaces led to innovations in regional zoning across the country. The confluence of these trends in New York State led to the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency in 1971.This lecture puts the Park Agency into a national context and assesses the steps leading to the Adirondack Park that we know today.
Philip Terrie is a retired professor of American culture and environmental studies. He is the author of four books on Adirondack history, most recently Seeing the Forest: Reviews, Musings, and Opinions from an Adirondack Historian.


Monday Evening Lectures are held in the Auditorium.
Free for Members; $5 for non-members.
Visitors with an admissions sticker for the day receive free admission to the lecture.
Limited seating on a first-come, first-serve basis; overflow seating for livestreamed video of program available