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Anne LaBastille's wilderness cabin has been donated to the Adirondack Museum, along with many of her personal effects. (Photo provided)

Anne LaBastille at her cabin’s dock in the Adirondacks, with her German shepherd Condor. (Photo submitted)

Betsy Folwell and Tom Warrington of Blue Mt. Lake were among the 225 guests. (Photo/Pete Klein)

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Adirondack Museum to get LaBastille's cabin

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 8:27 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

BLUE MT. LAKE -- The Adirondack Museum has been given Anne LaBastille's wilderness cabin and many of her possessions.

Board of Trustees Co-Chairwomen Jane McGraw and Hilary McDonald, both of Lake Placid, made the announcement during the museum's Wilderness Elegance Benefit Gala Saturday evening, July 26.

An accompanying gift of $300,000 will support the costs of moving the cabin from Twitchell Lake to the museum and incorporating it into a major new exhibition, The Adirondack Experience, opening in 2017.

The Estate of LaBastille made the gift. LaBastille, an author, ecologist, environmental advocate, and former Adirondack Park Agency commissioner, passed away in 2011.

Museum Executive Director David M. Kahn said, "We're thrilled to receive these amazing gifts. We're in the process of planning updates and enhancements to our exhibitions and programs that share the Adirondack story -- past, present, and future -- and these items will now be an ongoing part of that for generations."

Kahn said the museum's curators and conservators would soon begin cataloguing the cabin's furnishings and other contents and prepare to move them to the museum.

Structural preservationist Michael Frenette, known for his work stabilizing and restoring Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, will be responsible for moving the cabin to the museum.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region. For additional information call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.AdirondackMuseum.org.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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