Adirondack History Center offers "Adk Rivers: A Mind of Their Own" lecture series

ELIZABETHTOWN—The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering the first lecture in the "Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of Their Own" series on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm. The lecture features Gary Kroll, environmental historian from SUNY Plattsburgh, speaking on Never Wild: The Ausable River and the Rethinking of Nature-Culture Hybrids.

Future lectures in the summer lecture series include:

  • Geologist David Franzi on July 19 speaking on landscape impacts from stream erosion and flooding in the Keene area.
  • On July 26, Ecologist Tim Mihuc speaks on river dynamics in our Adirondack watershed.
  • On August 2, Environmental scientist Curt Stager presents on potential impacts of a changing climate on the Adirondack watershed.
  • On August 9, Commissioner Wayne Reynolds of the Delaware County Department of Public Works speaks on mistakes and lessons learned rebuilding bridges and highways following severe flooding.
  • On August 16, Dr. John Braico, Trout Unlimited, speaks on stream morphology and assessment following Irene.
  • On August 23, Carl Schwartz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, speaks about stream restoration in the Adirondacks.
  • On August 30, there is a reenactment of testimony against the State of New York after the 1856 flood.

    All lectures are on Thursdays at 7:00pm. The series is presented in memory of Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence.

On Thursday evenings, 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 will be open with lecture reservations. Photographers include Nathan Farb, Carl Heilman II, Nancie Battaglia, Jack LaDuke, Naj Wikoff, Lohr McKinstry, Alvin Reiner and others.

Seating is limited so please call 518-873-6466 or email for reservations. The price for the lecture is $5.00 members, $8.00 non-members, $30.00 full series (8 lectures). The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown. For more information contact the museum at 873-6466 or visit the website at