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Knowing Harold: the Life and Legacy of Our Founder, Harold K. Hochschild

Monday, July 22 at 7:30 pm

Ivy Gocker with special guest Peter S. Paine, Jr.

** Special Members Only Buffet Picnic will be held prior to this program. Click HERE for more information. ** 

It takes the dedication, creativity and support of many to keep the Adirondack Experience going strong year after year, but it was the vision and benevolence of one man – Harold K. Hochschild – that brought this museum into being. Our history and our future is inextricably tied to his passionate commitment to the people and stories of Blue Mountain Lake. Although Harold died in 1981, his lasting legacy is all around us, in the very walls of this institution that he founded.

In the summer of 2018, Adirondack Experience’s Library Director, Ivy Gocker, interviewed those who knew Harold best to give us an enduring portrait of this visionary man. This program will give an intimate view of Harold and his impact on our Adirondack Park.


Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in the library’s local history department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.

Peter S. Paine, Jr. is a committed conservationist and has played a leading role in the modern efforts to protect the Adirondack Park.  Before serving on the boards of Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust, he was closely involved with pioneering legislation creating the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers system and served on the Adirondack Park Agency for some 25 years.