BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The historic fire tower that once stood on top of Whiteface Mountain will shine out with purple light on Saturday, Oct. 3 as the Adirondack Museum "goes purple" to promote awareness of domestic violence.
Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. 2008 was the inaugural year in the effort to "Shine a Light on Domestic Violence" by turning the state purple. Purple lights illuminated landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the Mid-Hudson Bridge, and the Empire State Building for a day, a week, or the entire month.
This year, the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) has set the goal of purple participation in every county in New York State. The Adirondack Museum was asked to represent Hamilton County.
The Adirondack Museum is partnering with Hamilton Country Domestic Violence Services and Creative Stage Lighting in North Creek to make the awareness campaign a reality. Creative Stage Lighting has graciously donated the use of special lighting that will allow the fire tower to shine in the Adirondack sky.
Why purple? Purple is a symbol of courage, survival, honor, and has come to symbolize the fight to end domestic violence.
For several years, domestic violence programs around the state have used purple in creative ways to raise awareness about the prevalence and harm of domestic violence. The NYSOPDV is building on that effort to "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" by turning the state purple for the month.