“Waters of the Adirondacks”
April 9, 2017 | 1:30 pm
Lorraine Duvall will present a historical narrative on how the waters of the Adirondacks were protected against industrial pollution, impoundments that would have resulted in the flooding of towns and thousands of acres, and housing developments built on the shorelines of the lakes and rivers. She’ll describe how she found her own sense-of-place while paddling her solo canoe on dozens of Adirondack lakes, pond, and rivers for over 25 years, enriched by studying this history of the recovery of our lands and waters. Her stories are often about six older women who were empowered by tackling a hurricane on Little Tupper Lake. Since that fateful day, they’ve continued to paddle together for the last twelve years, the oldest one at the age of 92. She will present her reflections on the classification and use of the Boreas Ponds Tract purchased in the fall of 2016 by New York State.
Lorraine Duvall became a lover of the Adirondacks early in life through a Girl Scout canoe camping trip on Upper Saranac Lake. As an adult, she vacationed in the Southern Adirondacks, primarily around Old Forge and Blue Mountain Lake, with many a weekend at Great Camp Sagamore. Her long-time dream of living in the Adirondacks was realized after she purchased land in Keene in 1995, built a house, and moved there as a retiree. Since moving to the Adirondacks, Duvall’s varied civic and environmental endeavors have helped her to understand and to respect the different perspectives of the constituents who live and visit the Adirondacks. She has developed a concern for the environment knowing we must protect our natural environment for the long term and not destroy our heritage for short-term gains. She is a Board member of Protect the Adirondacks, and its predecessor organization, the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks. She has also served on the Keene Planning Board, the Board of the Ausable River Association, the Board of the Saranac Lake Community Store, the Executive Committee of the Hurricane Mountain Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Community Services Board of Essex County. Duvall holds a BS degree in Mathematics, an MS in Operations Research, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Information Studies. Her recent book In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks, is a collection of personal essays centered on her experiences paddling Adirondack lakes, ponds and rivers; the history of these waters; and the advocacy of the many men and women who helped save and preserve them. Duvall’s memoir, And I Know Too Much to Pretend, won the 2014 best memoir award from the Adirondack Center for Writing.
This program takes place in the Adirondack Experience Auditorium. Free to members and students; $5 for non-members. There is limited seating in the auditorium so we recommend arriving early to ensure a seat. If full capacity is reached, we invite you over to the Adirondack Experience Visitor Center where there will be a live screening of the lecture.