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Patrimonio: What I Learned in Cuba

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 No Comments

By Mary-Nell Bockman. 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Preservationists as Caretakers

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 No Comments

By Jennifer Betsworth. As winter fades into spring rains and warm days, my thoughts always drift toward summer weekends of hiking in the mountains, exploring new communities, and sleeping under the stars. For those lucky enough to own an Adirondack camp, whether it is a grand place on the water or a small cabin in […]


Summer Preview

Posted on: April 23rd, 2015 No Comments

By Kate Ritter. As we pack our winter coats away in favor of lighter layers, the AARCH staff is busy preparing for another full season of educational outings in the Adirondack Park and beyond.  In celebration of AARCH’s 25th anniversary, our schedule is more extensive than ever with many returning favorites and ten new offerings.  In […]


Paint Colors in Adirondack Architecture

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 1 Comment

By Mary B. Hotaling.  Choices of exterior colors for Adirondack buildings have historically been governed by availability of paints, preferences for style, and the owners’ desire for either visibility or privacy. One source of paint was provided by the mountains themselves.  “In the fall of 1893 D.M. Haley…discovered a deposit of ‘mineral paint’ near ‘Crain’ […]