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Discovering The Adirondacks in Washington Park

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 No Comments

By Tom Riley. In October 2016, AARCH ventured outside the Blue Line to tour Albany Rural and Oakwood Cemeteries.  One of the big draws, besides the elaborate and extensive architecturally significant buildings on both grounds, was that so many people connected to the Adirondacks are buried there.  This list includes Governor Marcy, geologist Ebenezer Emmons, entrepreneurs Archibald McIntyre and David Henderson, and Robert and Anna Pruyn, for whom Santanoni was built.  As part of this outing, we were able to include a last-minute bonus tour of Washington Park, a private ornamental park in Troy, NY.  The Park was established in >> More


How I Got to Lake Kora

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 No Comments

By Ed Hodges. On a plane in the late eighties I read an article about a glorious rustic hotel in an amazing setting, on a lake with mountain and valley views and a turn of the century golf course. Departing the plane, I neglected to take the magazine and promptly forgot the name, but the compelling image of the place was imprinted on my mind. Several years later, I acquired a copy of Harvey Kaiser’s “Great Camps of the Adirondacks” and thumbed through looking for that hotel. It was not in there, but there were many outstanding examples of rustic >> More


Every Community Needs a Beating Heart

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 1 Comment

There is overwhelming evidence that the most successful communities—with thriving economies, healthy schools and social and cultural institutions—are those that embrace their own history and preserve their historic buildings. Good jobs, protection of natural resources, and good leadership are perhaps even more important. Historic preservation is a critical element in the revitalization of struggling communities and it is a visible expression of a community investing in itself and improving its own quality of life. AARCH has always been a strong advocate for the connection between historic preservation and community vitality. We work to preserve individual buildings, yes, but we also >> More


Patrimonio: What I Learned in Cuba

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 No Comments

Since leading the first AARCH tour to Cuba in January, I’ve given slide presentations and interviews a half dozen times. The questions are always interesting and often provoke lively discussions about the differences and similarities in preservation work between the Adirondacks and Cuba. I can usually provide answers about the similar challenges we face: impact of the weather, lack of funds and resources, state bureaucracy, too many projects at once, the poor economy. But I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s different about historic preservation in Cuba and how to explain why I was so moved by what we saw on the tour there. Unfinished >> More


Keeseville Quest: An Amazing Treasure Hunt

Posted on: July 28th, 2016 No Comments

“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever made,” exclaimed one fifth grader at the Keeseville Quest celebration at AARCH headquarters in June. We heartily agree that this is the coolest thing we’ve seen! So, what is this mysterious, very cool project? It’s the Keeseville Quest, a community treasure hunt created by three 5th grade classes at Keeseville Elementary School. The “treasure” is not gold or jewels, but even better, local landmarks! Quests progress from one place to another, ending at a final destination with a reward for successful completion. Questing was developed by Steven Glazer of Vermont and the idea behind it is simple: >> More


The Mid-Century Adirondack Vacation: Tours 2016

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 No Comments

“It is in the nature of the automobile that the city spreads out thus and far away,” said Frank Lloyd Wright. The automobile offered a tantalizing liberation for Americans in the early twentieth century—freedom to go wherever, whenever,  with a speed never thought possible. We take it for granted today, but remember the feeling when you first rode a bike or first learned to drive? Multiply that by 58 million — that’s how many cars were sold in the US in the 1950s. With the freedom to move faster and easier, downtown housing declined and cities began to stretch and spread out. >> More


Hands-On History: Places Matter

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 No Comments

By Steven Engelhart There are lots of ways to learn about and understand history. We read about history in books, magazines, and from original sources. We see history through the photographs of Matthew Brady or Seneca Ray Stoddard, paintings by Benjamin West or by poring over old maps. We hear the recollections of those who experienced war, depression, and other events great and small. But the most tangible access that we have to history is through our daily contact with historic buildings and places. When I walk across Keeseville’s Stone Arch Bridge, I am inspired by the work of Solomon >> More


Winter Weekend Wonderland

Posted on: January 5th, 2016 2 Comments

Looking for some winter fun? Join AARCH for one of the 2016 Winter Weekends at Great Camp Santanoni. These popular events are set for January 16-18 (Martin Luther King Day weekend), February 13-15 (President’s Day weekend), and March 12-13. The 10-mile round trip to the Camp on skies or snowshoes takes you through a wonderland of snow-covered woodland and mountain scenery before reaching the incredible collection of buildings at the end of the old road. Gently rolling hills and long easy flat stretches make it an inviting cross-country ski for novices. Just remember that what goes in, must come out and plan for several hours of >> More


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 No Comments

By Virginia Siskavich. Here at the cozy AARCH offices in Keeseville, the season of giving kicked off early.  Apparently, we’ve been very good this year, as we’ve already been gifted with a National Trust award, as well as an award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for our work at Camp Santanoni.  Thank you, Santa! But, if you’re still scrambling, looking for that special something for the good boys and girls on your holiday lists, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s a sampling of gifts available at the AARCH storefront, sure you to make you a gift-giving >> More


A Visit to Santanoni

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 No Comments

 By Annika Johnson.  We shared where we were from beneath a crisp Adirondack morning. Despite the wide range of backgrounds, we had all chosen Santanoni as a place to converge. The great camp was doing what it did best, drawing people in with a rustic charm and a true embodiment of the Adirondack Park. We learned a little about the history of Santanoni under the great stone arches that had welcomed so many before us. After the introduction, we walked to the carriages that would be carrying us one mile to the creamery and then five more to the larger >> More


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