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Johnsburg history featured in book by Glenn Pearsall

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Community leader, philanthropist, author and Johnsburg resident Glenn Pearsall is offering a presentation at the Adirondack Museum Monday, Aug. 18 focusing on his hometown history. Pearsall will be talking about historic places featured in his acclaimed new book, Echoes in These Mountains, a product of his three-year investigation of more than 55 historic sites in Johnsburg. Nationally-known author and environmentalist Bill McKibben offered comments this week on Pearsalls work. Johnsburg is the quintessential Adirondack town, and this wonderful new book tells its story far better than any previous work, he said. It will remind residents of all that has taken place here over the years, and will help visitors understand how history has shaped this place and how it is still evolving." Pearsalls illustrated presentation, part of the museum's popular Monday Evening Lecture series, will be held in the Museum's auditorium at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for museum members. Admission is $4 for non-members. Pearsall said this week that his book is a "people" story - A testimonial to the individuals, some strong and some weak, who tried to make a go of it in the Adirondack wilderness, he said. As he located and researched the historic sites, Pearsall placed each in a larger historic context and worked to determine exactly what happened, while examining common misconceptions, Adirondack Museum Librarian Jerry Pepper said, adding that Pearsalls Echoes in These Mountains connects Johnsburg's past with its present. The book should be required reading for everyone in town, newcomer and old-timer alike," he said. Glenn Pearsall has lived in Johnsburg for 43 years, with brief interruptions for military service, college, and a few years living in Minerva. For information about the nationally-known Adirondack Museum and its programs or driving directions, see www.adirondackmuseum.org or call 352-7311.

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