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N.Y. Council for the Humanities Supports New Adirondack

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The New York Council for the Humanities has awarded a Major Grant in the amount of $20,000 to the Adirondack Museum in support of the museum's new exhibit, "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions."

The grant is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Legislature.

The Adirondack Museum will celebrate food and the pleasures of eating in the Adirondack Park with the new exhibition, "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions" that will open on May 28, 2010.

From family recipes brought from the Old World to church potluck dinners or suppers around the campfire, food has always played an important role in North Country life. The history of Adirondack food culture reflects the diversity of the people who have settled here, the richness of community life, and the realities of feeding oneself in a unique environment.

"Let's Eat!" will examine the universal experience of preparing, presenting, and eating a meal while focusing on Adirondack culinary stories and traditions.

Drawing from the museum's extensive collections, the exhibit will feature the intriguing and sometimes whimsical objects Adirondackers have used to cook and eat. Hand-written menus and journals will provide an intimate look at food in family life. Posters advertising turkey shoots, dances, and potluck suppers will offer insight into the ways that food as served as the center of social life in small, often isolated hamlets. Historic photographs spanning more than 150 years will depict people dining inside and out, in crowded mess halls, on picnic blankets, and seated at elegant tables.

Interviews with Adirondack cooks, camp workers, guides, vacationers, and residents will provide first-person accounts of elaborate cookouts at Great Camps, maple sugaring, Prohibition, and the daily routine of a lumber camp cook.

The exhibit will bring the story of food in the Adirondacks to the present day with an exploration of Farmer's Markets, organic agriculture, and the rising interest in locally grown produce and meats.

For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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