Worked/Wild | May 25 - October 7
A multimedia and interactive exhibit with photographs, paintings, objects, memoirs, and videos reflecting the people, the environment, and the development of Essex County and the Adirondack region. Community members actively participated in identifying the exhibition themes about the meaning of "Worked" and "Wild" in the Adirondacks. The exhibit has received an Award of Merit, the highest honor given by Museumwise, a statewide museum organization.

The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War | June 8 - October 7
An exhibition of historic artifacts, photographs and soldiers' letters related to the Civil War and the Adirondacks in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary.

Program | Dates in May, June and July TBA
Adirondack Fire Tower Exploration by David Thomas-Train
Participate in a full day of activities or attend any portion of the day including an orientation at the museum, viewing the fire tower exhibit and climbing the Museum's fire tower. A new, updated fire tower exhibition brings the story of fire towers into the 21st century with new photos and text to explain early fire tower history, maps and locations for existing and past fire towers, and the current fire tower issues of removal, retention, and restoration.

Following the museum orientation, climb up Poke-O-Moonshine in Lewis/Chesterfield and explore its fire tower. A discussion at the museum about fire towers in the Adirondacks follows the tour. Hikers need to be at least 15 years old and in shape for a sustained, steep hike. Space is limited for the hike and reservations are required.

Lecture | Saturday, June 1, 2013, 7:00pm
"The Irrepressible Conflict: The Civil War in New York"
by Robert Weible, New York State Historian

Robert Weible's presentation describes the exhibit by the same name at the State Museum that runs through September 22, 2013. The history of New York's involvement in the Civil War - the state's role leading up to war, during the war and Reconstruction, and the lasting impact the war had on New Yorkers is told through four major themes: The Coming of War, The Battlefield, The Home Front, and Reconstruction and Legacy. The importance of the abolition activities in New York - including the acquisition of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and Gerrit Smith will be included.

Location: Adirondack Architectural Heritage 1745 Main Street, Keeseville, NY 12944, Reservations recommended.

A New York State Path Through History Weekend event sponsored by the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Society, the Essex County Historical Society, and the Clinton County Historical Association.

Fundraiser | Saturday June 8, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Antique & Classic Car Show and The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War Exhibit Opening
Collectors and enthusiasts from around the region will display their collections of vintage restored vehicles such as muscle cars, roadsters, hot rods and more on the museum grounds. Local fire departments have been invited to bring their antique fire trucks. Buy tickets for a drawing to win a $1000 gas card and other prizes. DaCy Meadow Farm will offer a farm fresh lunch and there will be music throughout the event. Inside the museum the new The Human Face of the Adirondacks in the Civil War exhibit is opening. This exhibit tells the powerful story of the role Adirondackers played in the Civil War.

A New York State Path Through History Weekend event.

Etown Weekend | Sunday July 21, 3:00pm
A View of Essex County at the Time of the Civil War Historic Photos and Lecture by Margaret Bartley
Margaret Bartley, author, historian, and Elizabethtown Supervisor, continues to share her collection of old photos of Elizabethtown and Essex County with the community. Her program for 2013, as part of the Etown Weekend celebration, features historic photos of Essex County showing buildings related to Civil War and post Civil War eras (1850-1870). Donations benefit the restoration of the Elizabethtown Town Hall stained glass windows.

Festival | Saturday September 14, 11:00-2:30
Taste of Local
Second annual food festival at the museum featuring local food to kick-off Adirondack Harvest Week. Festival partners include Adirondack Harvest, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Chamber of Commerce, and Adirondack Community Action Program.


July 9
Fire Towers in the Adirondacks by David Thomas-Train, Naturalist. Presentation on early fire tower history and the current fire tower issues of removal, retention, and restoration.

July 16
An Overview of the Civil War by Andy Buchanan, North Country resident and lecturer in Global and Military History at the University of Vermont speaks on the Civil War from a global perspective.

July 23
On the Trail of the USS Monitor by Morris Glenn, author and historian, presents on the history of the Crown Point iron mining industry and its role in the Civil War.

July 30
Between This World and the Next: The Adirondack Regiment/ 118th New York Volunteers by Sharp Swan, author and historian.

August 6
Company H and the New York 5th Calvary Regiment by Brent Vosburg, writer from Elizabethtown. His great- grandfather served in the 5th New York Cavalry at Hanover.

August 13
Vignettes of the Home Front in the Civil War by Carol Blakeslee-Collin, Journalist.

August 20
Roundtable Discussion with Civil War Historians and Researchers. The public is invited to share their Civil War family stories, artifacts and letters with Civil War enthusiasts and researchers.

August 27
Voices of the Civil War based on readings from Civil War letters and diaries. Wine & cheese reception and Civil War music.


May 31 - Oct 4, 11:00am - 2:00pm
DaCy Meadow Farm features farm fresh Friday Lunches at the Museum: soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, beverages. Discover local Civil War stories in your lunch.

May 25 - Oct 7
Blue Star Museum Designation. Free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. Admission discount for veterans.

June 10 - 16
I Love NY 2nd Annual New York State Museum Week admission discount.

July 5, 11:00am
Qigong in the Garden Free Demo. Don't miss this opportunity to try Qigong and to sign up for classes beginning July 9.

July 9 - August 13, 5:00pm
Qigong in the Garden with Courtney and Brian of Ascent Wellness (based in Essex, NY). Experience peak bodymind health and vitality by learning Qigong, a meditative-movement practice originating in ancient China. Qigong is a perfect wellness practice for men and women of all ages, it's easy to learn, requires no special equipment and leads to better health and vitality.

July - August, dates TBA: Friday 10:30am
Coffee with Millie. Enjoy informal conversations about historic events in and around Elizabethtown with long-time museum docent, Mildred Walsh, and other local experts.

September 20, 6:00pm
“Songs to Keep” Vagabonding Concert Evening of remembrances of Marjorie Lansing Porter and song featuring Lee Knight, George "Speedy" Arnold, Sean Rosemeyer (Porter's granddaughter), and other special guests.
Tickets: $8 ($5 for museum members)
For the full schedule of “Songs to Keep” Concerts visit: tauny.org

September 28
Smithsonian Museum Day Live! A nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket. Find tickets on their website.

* Schedule subject to change. Please contact museum to confirm event dates and times.