BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Dr. Arpad Gerster was a Hungarian surgeon, scholar, artist, humanist, and sportsman of unlimited energy and intellectual capacity. He was also a diarist whose keen eye for detail, wit, and engaging personal prose paint a vivid picture of the Adirondacks in the late 1890s.
Join Sidney S. Whelan, Jr. on Monday, Aug. 20 for an illustrated lecture entitled "Arpad Gerster and 19th Century Camp Life in the Adirondacks" presented by the Adirondack Museum.
Part of the museum's Monday Evening Lecture Series, the program will be held in the Auditorium and will begin at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for museum members. Admission is $4.00 for non-members.
Whelan is the editor of Notes Collected in the Adirondacks 1895 & 1896, Gerster's illustrated diaries for that time period. Five full volumes of the doctor's journals as well as his sketchbooks are part of the Adirondack Museum's collections, the gift of Arpad Gerster's grandson, Dr. John W. Gerster.
Arpad Gerster (1848 - 1923) emigrated to the United States in the 1870s. A man of extraordinary interests and powers of observation, he was a linguist, musician, artist, traveler, writer, in addition to conducting an exemplary career in medicine. His diaries chronicling his visits to the Adirondacks (Raquette and Long Lakes where the Gersters had camps) from 1895 to the early 1900s are a unique and exceptionally vivid and astute record of the region in that time period.
Gerster was equally at home in the operating room or camped beside an Adirondack lake. His delight in "tramping" through the forests or paddling the streams is evident in his diaries as is his talent for bringing to life the people and places around him with words. The edited diaries are a delight to read.
The Adirondack Museum is celebrating fifty years of telling the story of the Adirondacks all season long with new exhibits, special events, and hands-on activities for visitors of every age. The museum is open each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through October 14 and the last two weekends of October; closed September 7 for Rustic Fair preparations. Free admission for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park in October.
For more information about exhibits and programs in 2007, call 352-7311, or visit