A donation of $2.4 million each to the Wild Center and Adirondack Museum was recently announced. Left to right are David Kahn, executive director of the Adirondack Museum; Caroline Welsh, director emeriti and senior art historian at the Adirondack Museum; Kevin Arquit, chairman of the Adirondack Museum board; Rebecca Foley, executrix of the Vaughan estate; Hilary McDonald, vice chair of the Adirondack Museum board; Lynn Birdsong, president of The Wild Center board; Stephanie Ratcliffe, executive director of The Wild Center.
The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and Tupper Lake’s Wild Center will each receive $2.4 million from the late Dr. Linda K. Vaughan, a Long Lake seasonal resident.
Vaughan was a member of and donor to both museums in her lifetime.
“Dr. Vaughan’s bequest is a magnificent surprise and the single largest gift that The Wild Center has received from an individual,” said Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center.
David M. Kahn, new executive director of the Adirondack Museum, said, “The years she spent at Silver Lake Camp as a girl inspired Ms. Vaughan’s love for the area. We are truly humbled by her overwhelmingly generous bequest which will allow the museum to continue to preserve the history of a place that was so special to her, and share it with so many others.”
Vaughan’s bequest to the Adirondack Museum was in honor of Caroline M. Welsh, who served the Adirondack Museum for over two decades, first as a curator and then as director.