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The Kelly Adirondack Center

897 St. David’s Lane

Niskayuna, NY 12309




Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday



In 2011, Union College strengthened its historic relationship with the Adirondacks by purchasing the former home of conservationist Paul Schaefer. The home, located in nearby Niskayuna, houses the Adirondack Research Library, which boasts a unique collection of material on the Adirondack Park and the New York State Forest Preserve, including rare books, maps, photographs, documents and the personal papers of some of the region’s foremost conservationists.

The result is the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, which offers exciting opportunities to advance Union’s understanding of the mountains, wilderness and waterways of this tremendous natural resource. The Center allows Union to affirm its long connection with the Adirondacks, preserve the educational mission that has been central to the Adirondack Research Library and increase our curricular and co-curricular programming related to the Adirondacks.

Union and the Adirondacks

Union College has a long history of intersecting in various ways with the Adirondack mountains and wilderness areas.  Some of our earliest graduates had important relationships with the region, helping to shape conservation policy and popularize the recreational value of the area.  Franklin Hough, Class of 1843, is considered the first chief of what was to become the U.S. Forestry Service, and Hough Peak in the northern Adirondacks bears his name. William James Stillman, Class of 1848, helped develop the region as a tourist destination by starting the Adirondacks Club, a summer excursion for literary and philosophical figures– including Ralph Waldo Emerson. William Fox, Class of 1860, served as the first Superintendent of the Adirondack Park.

A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place is a list proposed in response to President Stephen Ainlay’s initiative to encourage Union College students, faculty and staff to visit and to learn from the many attractive and educational places in our region.

These regional sites cover numerous academic disciplines: art, biology, engineering, geography, geology, history, literature, music, natural history, politics, theater and more. This list is dedicated to all students, staff, faculty and friends of Union College and hopefully it will serve to encourage fruitful relations between the College and its New York neighbors north, south, east and west. Although important and delightful, golf courses, ski centers, restaurants, automobile race tracks, movie houses, state and county fairs, amusement parks, and libraries are not listed.

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Great Camps and the Rustic Tradition

The Kelly Adirondack Center and UCALL present Steven Engelhart Executive Director of...

Industry in the Mountains: The Tahawus Mine in Adirondack History

  The Kelly Adirondack Center in collaboration with UCALL present   Phil...

2019 Summer Research Fellows’ Presentations

at the Kelly Adirondack Center August 13, 2019 7:00 p.m.     Each summer, the...

What Came Home: works on paper from hikes in the mountains

by Walter Hatke   September 26, 2019 – April 30, 2020 Exhibit Opening...

Falling for the Adirondacks: Autumn Photography with Manuel Palacios

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 p.m. Reamer Auditorium   Manny is a local...

2019 Spring Newsletter

We’re excited to share our success from this academic year including overflow...

Grassroots Activism and the American Wilderness

Grassroots Activism and the American Wilderness: Pioneers in the 20th Century Adirondack...

Defending a Changing Landscape: A History of Forest Rangers in New York State

Exhibit May 23, 2019 – September 20, 2019 The Kelly Adirondack Center is open to...

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