Margaret Gibbs looks at a display that is part of the Worked/Wild exhibit at the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown.
The Civil War and the role that the people of the Adirondacks played in it will be a major focus this summer at the Adirondack History Center Museum.
Director Margaret Gibbs announced the 2013 summer schedule recently, which will include the return of the “Worked/Wild,” exhibit along with “The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War.” Events and speeches throughout the summer will also focus on the Civil War, which was waged 150 years ago.
“There has been a lot of excitement in the community about the Civil War exhibit,” Gibbs said. “It will give people a look at what Essex County was like 150 years ago with perspectives from different towns.”
Gibbs asked that any town historians or others who may have pictures of the region from the Civil War area contact the museum.
The “Worked/Wild” exhibit will be shown starting May 25 and running through Oct. 7. The exhibit is a multimedia and interactive exhibit with photographs, paintings, objects, memoirs, and videos reflecting the people, the environment, and the development of Essex County and the Adirondack region. Visitors actively participated in identifying the exhibition themes about the meaning of “Worked” and “Wild” in the Adirondacks.
“The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War,” will open June 8, in conjunction with the annual Antique & Classic Car Show. The exhibit, which will run through Oct. 7, has historic artifacts, photographs and soldiers’ letters related to the Civil War and the Adirondacks in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary.
Adirondack Fire Tower explorations will be held throughout the months of May, June and July. Lead by David Thomas-Train, they include a full day of activities or attend any portion of the day including an orientation at the museum, viewing the fire tower exhibit and climbing the Museum’s fire tower. A new, updated fire tower exhibition brings the story of fire towers into the 21st century. Following the museum orientation, climb up Poke-O-Moonshine in Willsboro and explore its fire tower. A discussion at the museum about fire towers in the Adirondacks follows the tour. Hikers need to be at least 15 years old and in shape for a sustained, steep hike. Space is limited for the hike and reservations are required.
“The Irrepressible Conflict: The Civil War in New York,” will take place Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the Adirondack Architectural Heritage building at 1745 Main Street in Keeseville. Reservations are recommended.
Robert Weible’s presentation describes the exhibit by the same name at the State Museum that runs through Sept. 22, 2013. The discussion will include the history of New York’s involvement in the Civil War - the state’s role leading up to war, during the war and Reconstruction, and the lasting impact the war had on New Yorkers is told through four major themes: The Coming of War, The Battlefield, The Home Front, and Reconstruction and Legacy. Reservations recommended.
The Antique & Classic Car Show and The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War Exhibit Opening will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
“This is our second year of doing this and last year went really well,” Gibbs said. “More people have expressed interest so we want to keep it going.”
Collectors and enthusiasts from around the region will display their collections of vintage restored vehicles such as muscle cars, roadsters, hot rods and more. Local fire departments have been invited to bring their antique fire trucks. Buy tickets for a drawing to win a $1,000 gas card and other prizes. DaCy Meadow Farm will offer a farm fresh lunch and there will be music throughout the event.
Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley will host, “A View of Essex County at the Time of the Civil War Historic,” Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m.
Bartley will share her collection of old photos with the community. Her program for 2013, as part of the Etown Weekend celebration, features historic photos of Essex County showing buildings related to Civil War and post Civil War eras (1850-1870). Donations benefit the restoration of the Elizabethtown Town Hall stained glass windows.
A Taste of Local event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The second year of the event at the museum will feature local food to kick-off Adirondack Harvest Week. Festival partners include Adirondack Harvest, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce, and Adirondack Community Action Program.
The 2013 Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence Summer Lecture Series starts on July 9 with “Fire Towers in the Adirondacks” by David Thomas-Train, and continues with “An Overview of the Civil War” by Andy Buchanan, North Country resident and lecturer in Global and Military History at the University of Vermont, July 16; “On the Trail of the USS Monitor” by Morris Glenn, author and historian, July 23; “Between This World and the Next: The Adirondack Regiment/ 118th New York Volunteers” by Sharp Swan, author and historian, July 30; “Company H and the New York 5th Calvary Regiment by Brent Vosburg, writer from Elizabethtown, Aug. 6; “Vignettes of the Home Front in the Civil War” by Carol Blakeslee-Collin, journalist, Aug. 13; a Roundtable Discussion with Civil War Historians and Researchers, Aug. 20; and concludes with, “Voices of the Civil War” based on readings from Civil War letters and diaries with a wine and cheese reception and Civil War music Aug. 27.
From May 31 through Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., DaCy Meadow Farm features farm fresh Friday Lunches at the Museum with soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, beverages. You could also discover local Civil War stories in your lunch.
“They will be serving lunches at the museum on Fridays,” Gibbs said. “You can get soups, salads, beverages and more. They will be in the garden if it is a nice day or they will be on the balcony level if it is raining.”
On July 5, at 11 a.m., There will be a “Qigong in the Garden” free demo, a chance to try Qigong and to sign up for classes beginning July 9 and running through Aug. 13. The classes will be held at 5 p.m. with Courtney and Brian of Ascent Wellness, based in Essex.
On Fridays in July and August, Coffee with Millie will take place at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy informal conversations about historic events in and around Elizabethtown with long-time museum docent, Mildred Walsh, and other local experts.
The Marjorie Lansing Porter Traveling Exhibit and Concerts will be at the Museum in September, as well as the Sept. 28 Smithsonian Museum Day Live!, A nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket.
Throughout the year, the museum will be offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through a Blue Star Museum Designation. Admission discount for veterans. There will also be a I Love NY New York State Museum Week admission discount June 10 through June 16.
The Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., seven days a week. The Brewster Library is open all year by appointment only. Admission is: adults $5, seniors $4, students $2, with ages 6 and under are free.
For more information or to check for the most up-to-date schedules, visit the website adkhistorycenter.org, email Gibbs at email@example.com or call the museum at 873-6466.