Blue Mountain Lake Museum receives piece of Adirondack Park

The Library of the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, which is the largest repository of materials related to the Adirondacks, has received the collected papers of Clarence Petty and Richard Lawrence. Their personal papers are brought together at the Adirondack Museum Library, where they join the papers of Harold Hochschild, John Stock, and other founding fathers of the Adirondacks. The museum received the significant donations from Petty and the family of the late Richard Lawrence. Petty, was born in 1905 and grew-up at Coreys, deep in the north woods. Petty graduated from the forestry school at Syracuse University, earned his pilots license, flew for the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and beginning as a forest ranger, served a long, distinguished career in what is now the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Lawrence, born in the Bronx in 1909, practiced law in New York City and was publisher of Printer's Ink, a publishing trade journal. In 1946, he married Elizabeth Wadhams, a member of the distinguished Hand family, and a year later moved to the family's homestead at Elizabethtown. What brought the Adirondack born forest ranger and patrician community leader together was a love of the Adirondacks and a dedication to their protection. In 1968, Governor Nelson Rockefeller appointed the Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks to consider economic and land use problems in the Adirondack Park and develop alternatives for the future. Lawrence was a member of commission and Clarence Petty was recruited for its staff. Two of the Temporary Study Commission's far-reaching recommendations became law: the Adirondack Park Agency Act and the Adirondack Park Land Use Master Plan. Pettys years of on-the-ground experience in the Adirondacks resulted in a series of maps governing land use in the Adirondack Park. Lawrence became the Adirondack Park Agencys founding chairman, steering it through its formative years and serving as the Agency's public face at acrimonious public meetings. Library Director Jerry Pepper said the museum approached Petty and the Lawrence family for the papers because they were an important piece of the puzzle in understanding how the Adirondacks governmental scheme evolved. Before 1971, Pepper explained, there were no restrictions on private land save for a sign law. Their roles in helping to evolve the land-use master plan cant be underestimated. (The papers) show how these ideas came about and evolved. Sitting here in 2007, it seems it was always was this way, said Pepper. There's a tendency to see things as static. The library collects, preserves and organizes all forms of information about the region, and welcomes researchers. The past is important. You have to understand how you got to where you are to go forward. Its seeing things in context, said Pepper. The Adirondack Museum Library is open most weekdays, throughout the year, during business hours. Appointments are recommended. Three area students were recently recognized for their academic achievement at Syracuse University for the fall semester. Artur Novoselsky of Lake Placid, a freshman majoring in advertising, and Andrew Johnstone of Saranac Lake, a sophomore majoring in magazine writing, were both named to the deans list of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Vermontville resident Krista Tuthill was named to the College of Arts and Sciences deans list. Tuthill is a freshman majoring in international relations.

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