AJES Volume 22 Available for Order

The Kelly Adirondack Center (KAC) at Union College and the Adirondack Research Consortium (ARC) announce the publication of Volume 22 of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES). AJES Volume 22 is broader in scope than those the KAC and ARC have collaboratively published since 2016. Topics range from the humanities to the natural sciences: from articles… read-more AJES Volume 22 Available for Order

“Fashionable Twaddle” – William H.H. Murray, the Adirondacks, and America’s First Camping Controversy

Tuesday, August 8 at 5 p.m. | Kelly Adirondack Center |  In April 1869, William H.H. Murray published his most famous book: Adventures in the Wilderness; Or, Camp-life in the Adirondacks. The beginning of recreational camping in America, it was the first book to tell Americans that camping was a form of leisure where one… read-more “Fashionable Twaddle” – William H.H. Murray, the Adirondacks, and America’s First Camping Controversy

“Parts but Little Known: Maps of the Adirondacks from 1556”

The Adirondacks weren’t always on the map. In a 1756 British map drawn for troops in the French and Indian War, the region is conspicuously absent. In its place, the cartographer scrawled these words: “This Country by means of Mountains, Swamps and Drowned Lands is impassable and uninhabited.” Many later maps omitted all but the… read-more “Parts but Little Known: Maps of the Adirondacks from 1556”

Adirondack Research Consortium Annual Conference

May 24 & 25 | Conference Center at Lake Placid | This day-and-a-half event will feature presentations on the Adirondack Atlas Project, the New York State Clean Water Infrastructure Program, “Gathering Places in the Adirondacks” and an “Ecological Tools” presentation by Jerry Jenkins of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Mark Lynch, president of NYSEG (New York… read-more Adirondack Research Consortium Annual Conference

Winter to Spring: Adirondack Paintings by Sandra Hildreth

On display from January 25 to April 28 Gallery Talk at 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 16 Winter to Spring, bitter cold to mud….  Most people, especially in the Adirondacks, think of winter and spring as less than enjoyable seasons. They’re often cold, dreary, damp, and unpleasant – months to endure before summer returns. But… read-more Winter to Spring: Adirondack Paintings by Sandra Hildreth

Private Property or Public Access?

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 was “forgotten” beginning late in the century. … read-more Private Property or Public Access?

Modern Threats to Age-Old Waterways

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 the late twentieth century it was acidic precipitation falling from the skies,… read-more Modern Threats to Age-Old Waterways

The Adirondacks: Refuge in a Warming World?

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 and the region’s potential as a place of symbiosis. Bill McKibben is an author… read-more The Adirondacks: Refuge in a Warming World?