Celebrate 15-th anniversary at museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Do you have ties to Indian Lake, past or present? Do the ups, downs, and surprises of local history fascinate you? Do you like birthday cake? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you are invited to join the staff of the Adirondack Museum Saturday, Oct. 18 for a day dedicated to the Town of Indian Lakes Sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary. The Adirondack Museum offers free admission to year-round residents of the Adirondack Park in the month of October, and is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The special day will begin with a presentation by Curator Hallie Bond at 11 a.m. entitled The Armchair Canoeists Guide to Blue Mountain Lake. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of dry land as Bond leads a virtual canoe trip to some of the historic sites on the shores of the lake. Known as the Koh-i-noor of the smaller wilderness gems in the 1880s, Blue Mountain Lake was the most fashionable highland resort in the northeast. The presentation will include then and now photographs of landmarks such as the Prospect House, Hollands Blue Mountain House, the town library, the Episcopal Church, and the mighty steamboat Tuscarora. Bond will ask the audience to reflect on the meaning of progress and the ups and downs of a tourist economy. She will also ask Blue Mountain Lake old-timers to help in the identification of mystery photos in the museum collection, and reminisce about days gone by. At 1 p.m., Dr. Marge Bruchac will offer a program called The Indians of Indian Lake. The presentation will include historic anecdotes, photographs, and family histories of some of the Indians who have made their homes in the village. Native peoples such as Sabael Benedict, Emma Meade, and the Tahamont family were involved in growing the Adirondack tourism industry, promoting and preserving herbal medicine, and even in developing the image of the Hollywood Indian. According to Bruchac, these highly visible families were not the last of the Indians in Indian Lake. Dr. Marge Bruchac is a preeminent Abenaki historian. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point. A scholar, performer, and historical consultant on the Abenaki and other Northeastern Native peoples, Bruchac lectures and performs widely for schools, museums, and historical societies. Her 2006 book for children about the French and Indian War, Malians Song, was selected as an Editors Choice by The New York Times and was the winner of the American Folklore Societys Aesop Award. At 2:30 p.m. a reception will be held for all in the museums Visitor Center. Caroline M. Welsh, director of the Adirondack Museum, and Barry Hutchins, supervisor of the Town of Indian Lake, will offer remarks. Cake, tea, and coffee will be served. Artwork created by students at Indian Lake Central School will be displayed in the Visitor Center throughout the day.

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