Peeling Back the Narrative: The Radicalized Adirondacks

In recent years, a burgeoning concern about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity inside the Blue Line has inspired talks, symposia, and blogs.  Adirondack Life writer and independent scholar Amy Godine takes a long view of the subject, tracing the region’s exclusionary reputation to a culture of exceptionalism, pondering the impact of the early conservation movement on Adirondack identity, and unpacking the construction of a racialized Adirondacks in metaphor and myth.  Ms. Godine will join us for a lecture and discussion.  

Please note!  This event will begin at 6 pm

Amy Godine, an independent scholar from Saratoga Springs, has been writing about ethnic neighborhoods and other under-documented communities in the Adirondack region since 1988.  In 2001, she curated the John Brown Lives! traveling exhibit, Dreaming of Timbuctoo, about a black fram colony in the Adirondacks before the Civil War, now permanently housed in the upper barn at the John Brown Farm Historic site in North Elba.  She is a long-stile contributor to Adirondack Life, a Charter Fellow of the New York Academy of History, a former Hackman Fellow at the New York State Archives, a co-author, with Adirondack Life's editor, Betsy Falwell, of Adirondack Odysseys, and a frequent speaker in the region on ethnic history.    

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