March 16, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Old Chapel | With John Caffry In the mid-nineteenth century, the rivers of the state were declared public highways to allow their use for transportation of logs to market, regardless of whether they ran over public or private land. This principle...Read More
April 13, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Old Chapel | Dan Kelting, Executive Director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute Although the Adirondack Park has been likened to an island and thus somehow separate and insulated, today it is under threats from outside that seem inexorable. In...Read More
April 17, 2017 | 5:30 pm | Nott Memorial | Bill McKibben, author, educator, and environmentalist In the era of climate change, chief threats to Adirondack communities – human and wild – are caused by forces outside the region. McKibben will address the Adirondacks...Read More
Skaneateles Library | Skaneateles, NY | 7 p.m. February 23, 2017 Scotty, Gardie, and Lucy were important characters in Adirondack history. Never heard of them? Their stories, and the stories of countless others like them, haven’t been told because they were dogs. In “Dog Days,”...Read More
Submissions will be accepted between January 5 and March 15, 2017. The Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES) is now accepting submissions for Volume 22, which will be published in the summer of 2017. Articles of a broad disciplinary scope will be accepted for...Read More
Union College and the Adirondack Research Consortium have partnered to publish Volume 21 of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES). Geological study of the Adirondacks began in the 1830s with the forays of Ebenezer Emmons, under the aegis of New York State....Read More
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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 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.