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Becky Pelton of North Creek is a whitewater guide on the Hudson River. She will be one of the presenters July 7. (Photo submitted)

Betsy Folwell of Blue Mt. Lake will moderate the July 7 Monday Evening Lecture, "There I Was . . . Adirondack Guides Share Their Stories of Woods and Waters Adventures." (Photo submitted)

Don Mellor of Lake Placid guides rock climbers. He will be one of the presenters July 7. (Photo submitted)

Pete Burns of Beaverbrook Outfitters in Wevertown shows off a tiger muskie. He will be one of the presenters July 7. (Photo submitted)


Monday Evening Lectures start July 7

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 9:48 PM

BLUE MT. LAKE -- This summer, the Adirondack Museum’s “Monday Evening Lectures” series is presenting a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks -- yesterday, today, and tomorrow -- in weekly discussions with some of the world’s leading authorities.

Monday Evening Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium, each Monday from July 7 through Aug. 25. Admission is $5 / free museum members, students, and children.

From stories about legendary Adirondack guides to the adventures of their contemporary counterparts, from Great Camp architecture to the importance of the Adirondacks in the National Wilderness Act of 1964, the programs are designed to illuminate unique local history and the influence of the region on the world beyond the Blue Line.

The museum will be open to 8 p.m. Mondays, providing opportunities to see exhibits after its normal 5 p.m. closing time, picnic on the grounds or eat at the cafe before attending the lecture.


The first lecture, Monday, July 7, is “There I Was . . . Adirondack Guides Share Their Stories of Woods and Waters Adventures,” moderated by Betsy Folwell and featuring guides Pete Burns, Don Mellor, and Becky Pelton.

The program will include an interactive review of some of history’s most notorious and beloved Adirondack guides, while guides from Lake Placid, North Creek, and North River will share their most unusual experiences. They’ll also explain what they do, how they learned to guide, and where they take their clients.


Future lectures include the following.

-- "Locally Grown - Global Reach: The Contemporary Sculpture of John Van Alstine" with John Van Alstine July 14. Meet one of America's most renowned sculptors, who creates art for the world from a restored 19th century Adirondack industrial complex on the Sacandaga River in the Town of Wells.

-- "Adirondack Architecture: Great Camps and the Rustic Tradition" with Steven Engelhart July 21. Learn the fascinating history and architecture of unique Adirondack great camps such as Sagamore, Santanoni, Pine Knot, and Eagle Island, and the modern story of how they're being saved.

-- "Swept Up in 'Murray's Rush': The Adirondack Beginnings of Camping in America" with Terence Young July 28. Enjoy a spirited, illustrated talk covering the Rev. William H.H. Murray, his book, and how the American fascination with recreational camping began.

-- "The Rich Rewards of Wilderness: 20th-Century Adirondack Art" with Caroline Welsh Aug. 4. See how artists in the last century perceived, valued, and pictured Adirondack wilderness with the museum's director emerita.

-- "A Shared History: The Adirondacks and the National Wilderness Act of 1964" with Philip Terrie Aug. 11. Discover the Adirondack origins of the American fascination with wilderness and the direct influence the Adirondack Park had on the creation of the country's wilderness system.

-- "Looking Inside the Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks Exhibition with the Artist" with John Morton Aug. 18. Find out how the composer and sound artist discovered historic Adirondack recordings, gathered new local sounds, and combined them into an audio portrait of the region.

-- "Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks, 1870-1910: What an Artist Tells Us of an Ever-Changing Wilderness" with David Tatham Aug. 25. Explore the idea of wilderness through Winslow Homer's eyes with one of the world's foremost authorities on the artist.

A complete description of all the Monday Evening Lectures programs can be found online at; click on "Exhibits & Events" and "Special Events."


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