Lecture: Randall Beach, "Murray's Wilderness"

6:30 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Lecture

Randall S. Beach, the great-great grandson of W.H. H. Murray, will present a talk on the life of Murray and the impact that his book, Adventures in the Wilderness or Camp Life in the Adirondacks, has had on the Adirondacks and outdoor life in America. In the summer of 1869, the Adirondack Mountains were overrun. Thousands of middle-class urbanites from Boston and New York abandoned the comfort of their homes and rushed into the unknown, northern wilderness.  They sought a storied wilderness of great restorative and even curative powers.  These would-be adventurers were informed by one man, W.H.H. Murray, a preacher from Boston, and his book. They heeded his words and followed.