Cabin Fever Sundays Series Presents "Farming in the Adirondacks"

Second installment, Feb. 7, examines the history and current applications of Adirondack agriculture


January 8, 2016, Blue Mountain Lake, NY — The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever Sundays winter lecture series is back, and brings to the North Country a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Explore a variety of fascinating topics, from agricultural practices in the region, to life in a Saranac Lake sanitarium.

"Farming in the Adirondacks"

In the second installment of the series, Steve Kramer, Hallie Bond, Rhonda Brunner, and Steven Tucker will introduce both the historical and contemporary implications of farming in this mountainous environment. "Farming in the Adirondacks" will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.

During the program, presenters will discuss the rich tradition and contemporary applications of farming in the Adirondack region. Homesteading and farming were traditional lifeways in the Adirondacks in the nineteenth century, and the Adirondack Museum's collections reflect the impact which farming had on the environment, and vice versa.

In the modern day, farming and subsistence living continues in the Adirondack region, but is now often accompanied by research pertaining to exploring agricultural evolution and the ways in which our usage of the land might impact the Adirondack environment and delicate ecosystem.

Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served, and the Adirondack Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open before and after the program.

About the Presenters

Hallie E. Bond is an independent historian and museum consultant. She is currently Director of the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, historical researcher and curator for the Northern New York Quilt Project of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, and Curator of the Chippewa Bay Maritime Museum.

Stephen Kramer moved to the North Country from Buffalo in 1994 to begin work as the Director of Lab Studies at Miner Institute. He received his Honors B.S. in biology from the University of Western Ontario and his M.S. in environmental engineering from SUNY Buffalo.

Rhonda Brunner of Asgaard Farm and Dairy will share information and stories about raising animals and producing farmstead cheeses, meats, and chickens.

Steven Tucker of Tucker Farms in Gabriels, N.Y. will discuss contemporary farming in the Adirondack region.

Creating a Dialogue

Unable to attend this program? Please send any questions for the presenters to @ADKMuseum on Twitter, or Adirondack Museum on Facebook to join in the conversation from home.

Coming up . . .
Future installments of the Cabin Fever Sundays lecture series will include:

"Living with Beavers" with John Warren and Charlotte Demers
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Delve into the impact of human intervention on historic and contemporary beaver populations in the Adirondacks.

"Fierce and Forever-Wild: Adirondack Women" with Jess Collier, Sandra Weber, Lorraine Duvall, Noelle Short, and moderated by Niki Kourofsky
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 13
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about a handful of fascinatingly fierce women who have lived and worked in the Adirondacks.

"Trudeau's Rare Romance and Roger's Hotel Hope" with Mary Hotaling and Amy Catania
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 3
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Explore the histories, treatments, and personal stories of patients at the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium and Will Rogers Memorial Hospital.

For more information

To learn more about this seasonís upcoming Cabin Fever Sundays winter lectures, please call the Adirondack Museum at (518) 352-7311. A complete description of all programs can be found online at: www.adkmuseum.org/exhibits_and_events/ongoing_events

The Cabin Fever Sundays series is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.