The Kelly Adirondack Center (KAC) funds two eight-week summer fellowships open to all Union College students. The goal of the program is to support students doing scholarly work on the Adirondacks under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Preference will be given to students...Read More
Thursday, February 18 | 5:30 p.m. Nott Memorial | Union College | Free and open to the public as part of the Kelly Adirondack Center’s lecture series on Young leaders, diversity and the environment A histo-musical presentation provided by Queen Quet, Chieftess and...Read More
Union College and the Adirondack Research Consortium have partnered to publish Volume 20 of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES). The avian-themed edition features Teddy Roosevelt’s summer bird list and Larry Master’s Christmas bird count. Leading scientists...Read More
Thursday, February 4 | 5:30 p.m. Old Chapel | Union College with Steven Engelhart Executive Director, Adirondack Architectural Heritage The Adirondack region of New York State is well known for a rustic style of architecture, best represented by a series of building complexes...Read More
Exhibition Corridor | Kelly Adirondack Center | January 13 – May 6, 2016 Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk – February 11, 5:30 pm Meet the Artist – April 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Saratoga Springs-based Anne Diggory is known for her combination of accurate...Read More
The Adirondacks | The Mohawk River | Albany | Tech Valley | The city of Schenectady
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 – the largest collection on the Adirondacks outside of the Adirondack Park.
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 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 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. Each week a new location will be featured on the Kelly Adirondack Center webpage and subsequently archived to create an easily accessible master list.
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.