Cabin Fever Sunday: Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later


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Cabin Fever Sunday: Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later

April 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later

In 1869, Boston-based clergyman and author William Henry Harrison Murray published a collection of advice and anecdotes on his camping trips to a then little-known region – the Adirondacks. The volume, Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks would launch a thousand camping trips, inspiring hordes of untested city folk to try their hand at “roughing it” in the Adirondack wilds. Known as Murray’s Fools, these adventure-seekers flooded the region, spurring the growth of a tourism industry that would change the Adirondacks forever. Adirondack Experience Library Director Ivy Gocker will explore the impact of Murray’s influential guidebook as well as the life of Murray himself, based in large part on the ADKX’s own collection of correspondence, publications, and scrapbooks from Murray and his family.

Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in the library’s local history department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections in more than 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks.

 

Details

Date:
April 7, 2019
Time:
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Venue

Adirondack Experience
9097 State Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake, NY United States
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Phone:
518-352-7311
Website:
https://www.theadkx.org/