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Curt Stager to speak on rivers at Adirondack History Center Museum

— The Adirondack History Center Museum is offering the fourth lecture in the “Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of Their Own” series on Thursday, Aug., 2 at 7 p.m. The speaker is Curt Stager presenting on potential impacts of a changing climate on the Adirondack watershed. Dr. Stager is a paleoecologist, educator, and science journalist whose research centers on the climatic history of Africa, Peru, and the Adirondack-Champlain region. He has published numerous technical articles, has written for general audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic and Adirondack Life, and has co-hosted Natural Selections, a weekly science program on North Country Public Radio since 1990. He teaches natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College, and is an adjunct researcher at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute. His latest book is "Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth."

Future lectures in the summer lecture series include Commissioner Wayne Reynolds of the Delaware County Department of Public Works on Aug. 9 speaking on mistakes and lessons learned rebuilding bridges and highways following severe flooding.

On Aug. 16, Dr. John Braico of Trout Unlimited speaks on stream morphology and assessment following Irene.

On Aug. 23, Carl Schwartz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, speaks about stream restoration in the Adirondacks.

On Aug. 30, there is a reenactment of testimony against the State of New York after the 1856 flood.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. The series is presented in memory of Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence.

On Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., the Raging River Exhibit is open displaying historic photographs from past floods and contemporary photographs and video from the 2011 Tropical Storm Irene and Lake Champlain floods. Photographers include Nathan Farb, Carl Heilman II, Nancie Battaglia, Jack LaDuke, Naj Wikoff, Lohr McKinstry, Alvin Reiner and others.

Please call 873-6466 or email echs@adkhistorycenter.org for reservations. The price for the lecture is $5 members, $8 non-members, $30 full series. For more information contact the museum at 873-6466 or visit the website at adkhistorycenter.org.

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