2016 SEASONAL EXHIBITS
June 4 - July 30
Codified Threads, 1998-2008
Featuring the work of textile artist Cynthia Schira and pottery of Robert Segall, this exhibit opens the Adirondack History Museum's new Rosenberg Art Gallery.
August 6 - October 10
Hidden Treasures - Essex County Artists
Hidden Treasures - Essex County's Artists is a retrospective of artworks dating from the mid 1800s to the current day. All of the pieces have been loaned to the museum from private collections, and most have not been exhibited previously before.
The historic paintings are by artists who painted in Essex County in the mid to late 19th century and include renowned names such as John Frederick Kensett, Roswell M. Shurtleff, William Trost Richards, Laura Woodward, Edward Gay and Albert Insley. Early 20th century artists include Robert Ward Van Boskerck, Arnold Lahee, James Rosenberg and Alice Hollander.
June 11 - October 10
The School on School House Hill
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the building now known as the Adirondack History Museum. Long before this historic landmark, located in the heart of Elizabethtown, became a museum, this location had an exciting and dramatic past. The School on School House Hill exhibit marks this milestone.
June 11- October 10
Essex County's Immigrants: Faces and Stories
Back from last year, Essex County's Immigrants: Faces and Stories is being expanded with new content!
Compelled and uprooted by economic hardship and the great political and social upheavals of 19th century, millions of Europeans left their towns and villages and embarked on the dangerous journey to America. The face of Essex County changed just as the face of the United States changed from this unprecedented wave of immigration. This new exhibit shows how as early as 1860, Essex County’s population was far more diverse than a century later in 1960.
Drawing on the ancestry of present day Essex County residents, the exhibit uses individual stories to show the broad immigration patterns that changed Essex County in the mid-1900’s. French-Canadians crossed the northern border in droves, as did the Chinese in search of railroad work. The Irish pushed out of their homeland by famine, made their way to New York’s Adirondack Mountains via the St. Lawrence River as well as New York City and Boston. Eastern Europeans from Lithuania, Poland, and the Ukraine fled from the czarist draft. Hungarians and Italians left their hard- scrabble tenant farms for the promise of land. Timber and mining companies from Ausable Forks to Crown Point, Port Henry, and Moriah enticed these new arrivals by providing jobs and housing which created new communities with names like Ironville, Mineville, and Irishtown each with their own churches, organizations, and identities.
June 11- October 10
Grace Hudowalski and Hiking in the High Peaks
This exhibit brings you the story of mid 20th century Adirondack recreation, highlighting Grace Hudowalski, a founding 46er and first woman to climb the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.
Her lifelong passion for the mountains and her devotion to the 46ers made her the eventual matriarch of the group. She is remembered by many 46ers as the long-time historian of the organization and for the thousands of inspiring personal letters she wrote to climbers during their quests. Many of the exhibit artifacts are on loan from the Adirondack 46R
2016 LECTURE SERIES, 7 p.m.
Why Look at Art
Presented by William C. Lipke, retired professor of art history, University of Vermont
A Well-Worn Trail: The History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples in the Adirondacks
Presented by Melissa Otis, Carleton University, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Ottawa
Adirondack Towns: Cultural Constructions, Political Agendas and Social Realities
Presented by Philip C. Terrie, environmental historian of the Adirondacks and professor emeritus at Bowling Green University, Ohio
The 1916 Elizabethtown School Fire
Presented by Margaret Bartley, author and local historian
A History of Quilt Making in the Adirondacks
Presented by Hallie Bond, author and local historian
Essex County's Architecture: From Pioneer Homes to the Cold War
Presented by Stephen Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage
Plan on stopping in early for a reception beginning at 6 p.m. featuring a sweet, a savory, wine and coffee.
Saturday, June 4
Opening Reception for Codified Threads, 1998-2008
Celebrate the opening of our first new exhibit with us! 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 11
5th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show
Collectors and enthusiasts from far and wide will be on hand displaying their collections of beautifully restored and maintained vehicles such as muscle cars, vintage roadsters, hot rods and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Preregistration is $10, day of registration is $15. All participants receive a dash plaque. Download a preregistration form.
Saturday, July 16
As part of the town-wide celebration of Elizabethtown Day, admission to the Adirondack History Museum will be free.
Friday, August 5
Opening Reception for Hidden Treasures - Essex County's Artists
Celebrate the opening of our second art exhibit with us! 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 8
Insider's Tour of Westport, NY
More information TBA.
Friday, October 14
Local historians and history enthusiasts can save this date for our popular historian's day! Speaker and schedule TBA.
Adirondack Fire Tower Education Day
Free event! Learn about the history of Fire Towers in the Adirondacks at the museum, followed by a guided hike up Pok-O-Moonshine in Chesterfield (Keeseville) to visit the 1917 Fire Tower on the mountain. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a meal with gorgeous view of the Adirondacks and Essex County.
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact museum to confirm event dates and times.