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Historical presentation highlights vigilantes in the Adirondacks

WILMINGTON - The Wilmington Historical Society invites you to their program "Have You Seen That Vigilante Man?" with historian and author Amy Godine to be held Friday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Community Center on Springfield Road.

Godine, a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life magazine, explains how the darker side of American mob justice was not confined to the Deep South or the Far West. Adirondack history is ablaze with flashes of "frontier justice," from farmers giving chase to horse thieves to "townie" raids on striking immigrant miners to the anti-Catholic rallies of the Ku Klux Klan. Godine's anecdotal history of Adirondack vigilantism plumbs a regional legacy with deep, enduring roots, and considers what about the North Country made it fertile and forgiving ground for outlaw activity.

The "Have You Seen That Vigilante Man?" program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Karen Peters at 524-1023 or Merri Peck at 946-7627.

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