Adirondack Museum celebrates "Community History Day"

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE On Saturday, Oct. 18 the Adirondack Museum opened its doors for the final weekend of the year. As a fitting tribute to a community that exemplifies so much of its mission and purpose, the museum dedicated this special day to the Town of Indian Lake, and their 150-year (sesquicentennial) anniversary. Museum staff members were joined by Town of Indian Lake officials, friends, colleagues, and community members to enjoy a full day of historic lectures, and a tour of the museum exhibits. Admission to the museum was free of charge for the month of October, and the sight of orange resident stickers were a testament to the number of people interested in the history of the place they call home. The day began with a presentation by Museum Curator, Hallie Bond, entitled: The Armchair Canoeists Guide to Blue Mountain Lake. Through her presentation, Bond lead a virtual canoe trip to some of the historic sites on the shores of the lake. With a focus on the meaning of progress in the Adirondacks, she further explored the issue of a tourism-based economy while inviting long term Blue Mountain Lake residents to reflect on their early memories of the region. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Marge Bruchac offered a fascinating program called: The Indians of Indian Lake. The presentation provided a compelling account of the native population that inhabited the region, before and after European colonization. Her lecture dispelled many commonly held misconceptions about the Native Americans place in the early development of the Adirondacks, and served as a framework for their larger role in Indian affairs across the country. The day concluded with closing remarks presented by Museum director, Caroline Welsh, and Town of Indian Lake supervisor, Barry Hutchins. Today more than ever, Indian Lake strives to make its central location in Hamilton County and its beautiful lake, a magnet for tourists and its residents, Welsh said. Indian Lake is a recreational center for Hamilton County. For rock and ice climbing, for hiking, hunting, fishing, water, and winter sports, of lakes and trails. We at the Adirondack Museum are delighted to share with our friends and neighbors in Indian Lake this wonderful opportunity to celebrate 150 years and to continue to preserve its history, to look to the future and find ways that we can all work together to build the central Adirondacks and the heart of Hamilton County as the scene you should make. Noting how fortunate the town is to have the Adirondack Museum as part of its community, Supervisor Hutchins reinforced the importance of history and the preservation efforts that the museum represented throughout the region. Hutchins continued by reciting the town board resolution of Jan. 14 that formally commemorated the towns founding, and set forth an agenda to celebrate the towns sesquicentennial anniversary in a befitting manner. He also detailed the numerous special events held throughout the community this year, highlighting with pride the participation and care shown by the residents of Indian Lake for the towns heritage and promise for the future. The museum also displayed local artwork created by students at Indian Lake Central School along with the towns Sesquicentennial Quilt that has been on display throughout Indian Lake this year. The quilt was handmade by the North Country Crafters and donated to the town in January of 2008. Indian Lakes Sesquicentennial Celebration will conclude on November 15 with A musical history show presented at 7 p.m., in the Indian Lake School auditorium.

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