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Kaiser to kick-off lecture series

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE On Monday, July 7 Dr. Harvey H. Kaiser will offer a program entitled Great Camps of the Adirondacks, 25 Years Later at the Adirondack Museum. The first offering of the season in the museums Monday Evening Lecture series, the slide-illustrated presentation will be held in the museums auditorium at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for museum members; admissio is $4 for non-members. Dr. Kaisers talk will be based on his book Great Camps of the Adirondacks. This seminal study of rustic architecture is about great camps built from 1870 to 1930, establishing a style of domestic architecture imitated throughout the country in similar terrain of lakes, timber, and native stone. Kaiser will preface his observations on the architecture with the history of the Adirondacks and the social forces that created structures that retain their charm and utility, in some cases a century and a quarter after construction. There are fascinating accounts of both the personalities who engineered and financed fabulous great camps, and of the buildings themselves. When he wrote Great Camps, Kaiser made a strong case for preservation. The destruction of these remarkable structures would have been an irreparable loss, not only to our architectural heritage but also to every individual to whom they are a resource and inspiration. In his presentation, Kaiser will offer observations on the books concerns, the changes that rescued the camps from demise, and the resurgent interest in rustic architecture. For more information about Monday Evening lectures, or to learn about the ADK Museum visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call 518-352-7311.

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