2022 : Arts/Culture


For Adirondack Heritage Tourism Proves to be a Major Attraction

Adirondack Heritage Tourism Proves to be a Major Attraction

The region has done a good job of promoting its history and culture, including the Great Camps and other architectural attractions.

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Great Camp Santinoni Wins $370k for Restoration

The Great Camp has been awarded a $370k Federal restoration grant.

Read the news story here.

New Museum Grants Come to the Park

Fort Ti will see $240k for cataloging work.  The Wild Center will see @24k and the Adk Experience in Blue Mtn Lake will see $157k for training programs at each place.

Read the news story here.

Lake George Battlefield Will See a New Visitors Center

May 2019 should see the opening of a new visitors center at the LG Battlefield Park

Read the news story here.

Adk Experience Wins Two REDC Grants

One grant, $600k, will support renovation of a new heritage attraction of painting, rustic furniture and so on.  The second gratn $500k will upgrade the climate control system in its largest building.

See pages 77 and 78 of the 2017 REDC awards booklet here.

Fort Ti Wins $2.45m Grant to Rebuild the Pavilion

The grant will rebuild and adapt the Pavilion at Fort Ticonderoga to new uses: visitor amenities, conference center capacity, new educational and exhibition space.  

See page 75 of the 2017 REDC awards booklet here.

3 Museums Win Grants Totaling $405k

$20k goes to Historic Saranac Lake.  $140k goes to the Adk Experience in Blue Mtn Lake.  $245 goes to The Wild Center.  The institute for Museum and Library Services gave the grants, it is a Federal agency.

Read the news story here.

Restored Masden House Opens in Newcomb

The old 9 bedroom called the Masden House is now open near Newcomb.  It will operate as the Northern Forest Institute.  It will be operated by SUNY ESF as a trining center.

Read the news story here.

ADK Museum to Become ADK Experience

The name change is part of a big re-build of the museum.

Read the news story here.

First Wilderness Plan Implementation to Begin

The First Wilderness project will begin implementation work with $520k from a REDC grant to do work in Corinth, North Creek and Pottersville.

Read about the grant on page 90 of the 2016 REDC awards booklet.

Eagle Island Camp on Upper Saranac Lake to be Restored

The $499k NC REDC grant will be restored for use as a camp for youth, a retreat for families and small groups.  Electrical, water and sewer upgrades will be done.

Read about the grant on page 71 of the 2106 REDC grant booklet.

Ft Ti Wins $500k for Pell Mansion Renovation

Restoration and adaptative reuse of the 1827 mansion is an early step in a big capital program including docks and a new museum.

Read about the grant on page 70 of the 2016 REDC grant awards booklet.

Ticonderoga Wins $50k to Reconstruct an 18th Century Sawmill

The project will help to rebuild an 18th century French sawmill.

Read the news story here.

ADK Museum Refresh to Cost $9.4m

$7.5m has already been raised and construction is to begin.

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Stillwater Firetower Restored, Reopened

The tower opens on July 2, 2016.

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Olympic Museum Opens Speed Skating Exhibit

The museum in Lake Placid just opened a new speed skating museum.

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Lake George Gets $450k for Historic Preservation Projects

The 2016-7 State budget includes $450,000 for historic preservation projects in Lake George.

Read the news story here.

Bolton Landing Museum opening New Heritage Wing

The new wing will be associated with the Lake-to-Lock National Geographic history trail.

Read the news story here.

New Exhibit Comes to John Brown's Farm

Timbuctoo exhibit has found a permanent home at John Brown's Farm in Lake Placid.

Read the news item here.

Camp Santanoni to Receive Upgrades, Renovations

The APA approved a plan by the DEC to replace a historic barn on property, better fireproof the buildings, and to make a 2.5 acre land swap between historic preservation and wild forest. 

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John Brown Lives! Shines Light on North Country History

The organization called John Brown Lives! has been working to bring to life the history of John Brown in the region along with the Underground Railroad Museum.

Read about John Brown Lives! here.

Fort Ticonderoga Awarded $10k By Mars Chocolate North America

The grant awarded to Fort Ticonderoga by Mars Chocolate North America will fund research, a new exhibition, and a living history program on the role of chocolate in armies and cultures of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777. 

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Adk Architecture Book and Website Offers Driving Tours

The author has designed a number of driving tours all over the park featuring the built environment and all its variations. At 3 volumes, it is the first architectural guide to the entire park.

Take a look at the website here.

Great Camp Sagamore Awarded $252k for Enhancements

The two projects will renovate an existing building and also draw people into the new "Historic Great Camps Special Management Area".

Read more about the grants on page 84 of the 2015 REDC awards booklet.

Adk Museum Award $63k for Native American Exhibit

The award will partially fund a new interactive exhibition devoted to the region's native americans.

read more about the grant on page 84 of the 2015 REDC awards booklet.

Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc. Awarded $123,000 to Waterways of War Passageport Marketing Plan

The Passageport to NY Revolutionary War Marketing Plan will include a mobile app and promotion of Passageport travel on tv and radio. The REDC Grant will fund the project. 

More information on the award can be found on page 82 of the 2015 Grant Booklet

Eagle Island Purchased by Non-Profit Group of Former Girl Scouts

Eagle Island, a 29 acre historic Great Camp that still maintains many of the original historic designs will now be returned to its original use as a camp for girls in the Adirondacks since a non-profit of former Girl Scouts now owns the island. The group plans to restore plumbing, electricity in roofs of the buildings. 

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Adirondack Architectural Heritage Wins National Historic Preservation Award

AARCH was awarded one of 13 Trustees Awards for organizational excellence from the National Trust for Historical Preservation. The award mentioned the Great Camp properties and other sites that AARCH helped preserve.

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Fort Ticonderoga Wins $150K Grant for 18th Century Artillery Exhibit

Fort Ticonderoga officials say their collection of cannons and other 18th century artillery is the largest in North America. They will now be able to re-install cannons along the fort walls and restore some key artifacts for a new exhibit in 2016 thanks to a $150,000 grant from the federal institute of Museum and Library Services "Museums for America" program.

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ADK Cultural Symposium Brings Together Arts & Culture Organizations

Over 100 arts and culture organizations from around the Adirondacks are expected to meet in Lake Placid for an Adirondack Cultural Symposium. The purpose will be to discuss how organizations can work together to increase attendance, utilize municipal services, and identify ways to cross-promote and cooperate. 

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"History Train" Event on Adirondack Scenic Railroad

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad will be offering the "History Train", a one-time, free event that will educate passengers during the ride on the history of the area as a "Crossroads of Commerce" and why it was such a desired place to live. 

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"Five Formidable Forts" Historic Tour to Occur around Lake Champlain

The only tour of its kind so far, the "Five Formidable Forts" tour will guide guests through a tour of archaeological sites of five military forts from 238 to 325 years ago. 

Read the announcement here

Fort Ticonderoga Wins $10K Preservation Grant For Study

The funds from the grant will be used for a formal educational study on the history of Fort Ticonderoga's Log House Welcome Center. It is believed to be one of the oldest continuously run road houses in the United States. 

Read the news story here

Adk Historic Association Win $76k for New Exhibit

The "Adk Experience" will allow visitors to experience life in the Adks Adk history.

See page 71 of the 2014 REDC Awards Booklet

Wanakena Footbridge to be Rebuilt

The historic footbridge, destroyed by ice last winter, has a $125k REDC grant to rebuild.

See page 70 of the 2014 REDC Awards Booklet.

Historic Sananac Lake Wins $40k to Hire New Staff

The part-time position will be the Public Programs Coordinator

See page 70 of the 2014 REDC Awards Booklet.

Fort Ti Wins REDC Grants to Add Boat Tours, Fellowships

$70k will got towards a dock and a pontoon boat to add lake excursions.  $9k will fund 4 fellowships

See page 66 of the 2014 REDC Awards Booklet.

3 Warren Cty Towns Win $554k for Heritage Corridor Work

This includes a number of park project, a white water area, and rest rooms in Hadley, Lake Luzerne and Stony Creek.

Turn to page 97 of the 2013 REDC booklet here.

Lake-to-Locks Geo Tourism Trail Effort Wins $100k Grant

The idea to to get visitors to travel from Albany to Rouses Pt following all the old locks and lake passages that have a lot of history.

Turn to page 90 of the 2013 REDC grant booklet here.

Ski Museum Being Proposed for Gore Mtn

A private party has proposed creation of a ski museum at Gore Mountain.

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ADK Museum Gets $1.4m for New Exhibits

The museum won $1.4 million to build the new exhibits it is planning.

Read the news story here.

Restoration Work at Former Mining Village of Adirondac

The former mining village of Adirondac in Newcomb is seeing considerable work and plans for further restoration.

Read the news story here.

Students Overlay Old County Maps to Produce Historic Data

Using various old county maps, and GIS software, the student project will allow you to pick a spot and drill down through time to see what happened in a particular location.

The news story is here.

ADK Museum in Blue Mtn Lake gets NCREDC grants for display renovations

ADK Museum is in the midst of planning a renovation of the its exhibits

Read about the 2012 REDC grants here

Great Camp Sagamore gets REDC grants for restoration

Great Camp Sagamore, a great camp open to the public, gets restoration funds.

Read about the REDC grants here

Ft Ticonderoga Wins a Big Grant

The Fort is a major attraction.  The grant will fund 2 week-long workshops for teachers in the summer of 2014.

Read the story here.

For Adirondack Heritage Tourism Proves to be a Major Attraction


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