Adirondack Museum to host mountain men encampment

Mountain men will camp out at the Adirondack Museum Aug. 17-18

Mountain men will camp out at the Adirondack Museum Aug. 17-18

— Representatives from the American Mountain Men organization will camp out at the Adirondack Museum on Aug. 17-18.

The mountain men, clad in period dress, will entertain visitors with a variety of survival skill demonstrations and displays. The cost of the event is covered in the museum’s admission fee.

Demonstrations include knife and tomahawk throwing, campfire cooking, shooting, and fire starting. In addition to seeing those skills in action, visitors will also be able to enjoy displays of different furs and pelts, period firearms, and clothing. Many of the skill demonstrations will have an interactive element, including a camp tour and tee-pee building for children.

This is the 11th year the American Mountain Men have staged an encampment at the museum. Katherine Moore, the Adirondack Museum’s marketing manager, says the event has gathered quite a following over the past decade, and that visitors always enjoy interacting with the mountain men in the camp.

“The American Mountain Men encampment showcases the era of the fur trade as a part of Adirondack history,” Moore said. “While the encampment will be sharing information about mountain men in general, it’s important to share with our visitors that trapping and trading furs took place here.”

The encampment features members from the Brothers of the New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts segment of the national American Mountain Men organization. Between 15 and 20 people participate in the encampment each year.

The American Mountain Men organization is dedicated to researching and preserving the lifestyles of both mountain men and Native Americans. They describe themselves as a “brotherhood” whose mission is to “to keep alive the skills of the freest men our great nation ever birthed” and “to preserve his abilities and emulate his way of life as historically accurately as possible.”

For more information about this year’s encampment, visit the Adirondack Museum online at http://www.adkmuseum.org, or call at 352-7311.

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