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Stewardship Through The Generations

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 1 Comment

By Kate Ritter. My inspiration for pursuing a career in historic preservation can be traced to many sources.  Growing up, my parents always sought opportunities to introduce us to the built environment through guided tours, books, adventures in the car and on-foot.  They made sure we all appreciated the satisfaction of squarely hammering a nail, […]


Built in 1832, Survived in 2011

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 2 Comments

By Martha Spear. Our Upper Jay farmhouse has a sign on it saying it was built in 1832.  No one living knows for sure if that’s true.  I spent some hours in the Essex County, NY Clerk’s office looking up ownership records, and got back pretty far, but not to 1832.  So the handmade plaque […]


The Making of a Preservationist

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 No Comments

By Steven Engelhart. As the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage and a contributing writer to The AARCHER, I’ll write about a lot of things closely connected to our work – preservation success stories and failures, interesting people that I meet along the way, my views on various regional preservation issues, the stories that historic […]


Feeling Place: A Day at Dannemora

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 No Comments

By Kate Ritter. We often experience architecture by physical means – moving through a space, touching its walls, studying the way a truss is joined. But another important side of understanding a building is through the emotions it evokes.  These can be generated through accounts of people and historic events, and also through atmosphere, which […]


Loco for Poke-O

Posted on: October 5th, 2014 No Comments

By David Thomas-Train. The Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine is a  long-time project of AARCH, which kindly  lends us its tax-exempt status along with office space.  We’ve worked  here for over a decade,  restoring the fire tower, summit, and trails  for education and recreation on that nearby and strangely named mountain. I’ve had the fun and  occasional frustration of […]


We Became Preservationists

Posted on: September 7th, 2014 2 Comments

by Virginia Siskavich-Bosley. By the time my parents bought their dream house in 1990, it was already a century old.  I was heading into the 7th grade when we packed up our belongings and two cats, two dogs, two parents, and seven kids (we’re a family of ten, but my three oldest siblings were already […]