Adirondack History Center announces 2012 events

ELIZABETHTOWN—The Adirondack History Center Museum is opening for a new season beginning on Saturday, May 26. Come to the museum to see the award winning Worked/Wild exhibition and discover new exhibitions including The Cabin by the Creek and an updated Adirondack Fire Tower exhibit.
Saturday, June 9, is the opening of the Raging River Exhibit displaying historic photographs from past floods and contemporary photographs and video from the 2011 Tropical Storm Irene and Lake Champlain floods. Photographers include Nathan Farb, Carl Heilman II, Nancie Battaglia, Jack LaDuke, Naj Wikoff and others. From 10am – 2pm on that day, there is an Antique and Classic Car Show at the museum. DaCy Meadow Farm will offer a farm fresh picnic and there will be music throughout the event. Buy raffle tickets for a chance of winning a $1000 gas card and other prizes.
The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown. It is open every day from 10am - 5pm. For more information contact the museum at 873-6466 or visit the website at 

Adirondack History Center Museum
2012 Schedule of Events
Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of their Own

Worked/Wild May 26 – October 8
A multimedia and interactive exhibit with photographs, paintings, objects, memoirs, and videos reflecting the people, the environment, and the social structure of Essex County and the Adirondack region. Community members actively participated in identifying the exhibition themes. The exhibit has received an Award of Merit, the highest honor given by Museumwise, a statewide museum organization.

Raging River Flood Photographs June 9 – October 8
The Raging River Flood Photo and Video Exhibition displays historic photographs from past floods and contemporary photographs from the 2011 Tropical Storm Irene and Lake Champlain floods. Photographers include Nathan Farb, Carl Heilman II, Nancie Battaglia, Jack LaDuke, Naj Wikoff and others.

Cabin by the Creek May 26 – October 8
Thomas M. Barber (1939 – 2006) of Keeseville, NY handcrafted detailed models of an early American log cabin and carriage shed/milk house/tack room. The models were accompanied by his book, "The Cabin by the Creek", telling the story of a 19th century family making their living on the farm, based on his own childhood memories. The house and barn models are on display with related domestic and farming items from the museum's collection.

Adirondack Fire tower May 26 – October 8
In 1980, the museum acquired a fifty-five foot fire tower and installed it beside the museum building. A new, updated fire tower exhibition brings the story of fire towers into the 21st century with new photos and text to explain early fire tower history, maps and locations for existing and past fire towers, and the current fire tower issues of removal, retention, and restoration.

ACNA Cover Arts Show July 1 – July 31
The 25th year of the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks (ACNA) Cover Art Show featuring local artists, includes donated works of art as part of a Silent Auction.

Fundraiser: Antique and Classic Car Show and Raging River Flood Photo Exhibit Opening.
Saturday June 9, 10am to 2pm
Collectors and enthusiasts from around the region will display on the museum grounds their collections of pre-1970 vintage restored vehicles such as muscle cars, roadsters, hot rods and more. Buy raffle tickets for a chance of winning a $1000 gas card and other prizes.
DaCy Meadow Farm will offer a farm fresh picnic and barbecue and there will be music throughout the event. In keeping with the waterways theme, inside the museum the new Raging Rivers Flood Photo Exhibit is opening. This exhibit tells the powerful story of the destruction and devastation of regional flooding.

Etown Weekend: Old Time E-towners at Work & Play Historic Slide Show and Lecture by Margaret Bartley
Sunday July 22, 3pm
Margaret Bartley, author, historian, and Elizabethtown Supervisor, continues to share her collection of old photos of Elizabethtown with the community. Her program for 2012, as part of the Elizabethtown Weekend celebration, features historic photos of people in Elizabethtown at work and at play. Donations benefit the restoration of the Elizabethtown Town Hall stained glass windows.

Tour: On the Trail of the Monitor, Crown Point and the American Civil War
Saturday July 14, 10am
In collaboration with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) and the Penfield Homestead Museum, the Essex County Historical Society presents a tour in Crown Point exploring the history of the local iron mining industry and its role in the Civil War. The cost of the tour is discounted for Essex County Historical Society, Penfield Homestead Museum, and AARCH members with proceeds benefitting all three organizations. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, please contact AARCH at: (518) 834-9328 or visit their website at:

Festival: North Country Food
Saturday September 15, 11:00-2:30
A food festival at the museum featuring local food to kick-off Adirondack Harvest Week. In honor of Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence, festival partners include Adirondack Harvest, the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce, the Boquet River Association and Adirondack Community Action Program.

Elizabeth HW Lawrence Summer LECTURE SERIES
Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of their Own
Thursdays, 7:00 PM

July 12 – Adirondack Environmental History Professor Gary M. Kroll, SUNY Plattsburgh. Explores "Never Wild: The Ausable River and the Rethinking of Nature-Culture Hybrids".

July 19 - Geologist David Franzi, SUNY Plattsbugh. Landscape impacts from stream erosion and flooding in the Keene area. Understanding our glacial-sedimentary history in order to predict and mitigate future impacts.

July 26 – Ecologist Tim Mihuc, SUNY Plattsburgh. River dynamics in our Adirondack watershed; living with streams' ecology, biodiversity, and potential destruction.

August 2 - Environmental scientist and author Curt Stager, Paul Smith's College. Potential impacts of a changing climate on the Adirondack watershed, notably increased precipitation and storm intensity.

August 9 – Commissioner Wayne Reynolds, Delaware County Department of Public Works. Mistakes and lessons learned rebuilding bridges and highways following severe flooding.

August 16 – Stream expert Dr. John Braico, Trout Unlimited. Stream morphology, stream assessment following Irene, present and future restoration.

August 23 – Stream restoration practitioner Carl Schwartz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Stream restoration in the Adirondacks, the difficulty of putting them back together

August 30 – A Reenactment of Testimony against the State of New York after the 1856 Flood, research by Marcy Neville. Readers: Jim Rogers, Brett Lawrence, Richard Frost