The Adirondack Museum
Blue Mountain Lake, NY
The Adirondack Museum announced its first capital campaign Saturday, July 25,1998 at an outdoor gala celebration. Hundreds of the Adirondack Museum's supporters who appreciate its unique role in preserving the region's history and culture gathered for the campaign kickoff event.
Museum director Jackie Day announced that with the funds generated from the campaign, the Adirondack Museum will construct a new year-round education and orientation center, create expanded and accessible collection storage with the construction of a new facility, and create new and updated exhibitions.
"The Adirondack Museum is ready now to move forward dramatically in expanding its excellent programming through significant improvements in facilities and exhibitions," said Capital Campaign Chair, Margot Paul Emst. "Many generous supporters already have given the Museum a total of $1.7 million toward our $3 million campaign goal. I believe a successful campaign will strongly position the Museum as a vibrant intellectual learning environment into the next century and beyond."
The Museum was recently described by the New York Times as "a popular attraction of the best sort, a judicious mix of science, art, social history, and entertainment, which looks like it sprang up organically in its mountain setting." (Weekend section, January 23, 1998)
Each year, more than 90,000 visitors view the Museum's collections and exhibits, attend seminars and workshops, research archival material in the library, or participate in special events and activities. The Museum also serves as publisher; it has issued or initiated more than 50 books, monographs, and catalogues, including definitive books on the Adirondack guideboat, Adirondack rustic furniture, and its own collection of Adirondack paintings.
The Museum was founded in 1957 at the initiative of Harold K. Hochschild who wanted to preserve the history of the Adirondacks and to bring alive the region's unique heritage. It has grown into an institution known regionally and nationally for the breadth of its collections and the excellence of its exhibitions, programs, and publications. The Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Adirondack region of New York State. Its holdings represent the largest collection of Adirondack material in the country.
The Adirondack Museum is located on Routes 28N and 30 at Blue Mountain Lake, New York, in the heart of the Adirondacks. It comprises twenty-three indoor/outdoor exhibits, including historic structures that display paintings, vintage photographs, guideboats, rustic furniture, and other material reflecting Adirondack history, culture, industry, and the landscape.
This page was originally published 8/29/98 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 11/28/11
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