Adirondack Park topic of History Center lecture Saturday


Oneida County History Center, Genesee Street, Utica, will host a virtual lecture, “How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks,” by Brad Edmonson, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

New York’s Adirondack Park is bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokies National Parks combined. It also might be the world’s best protected wilderness, even though 85 million people live within a day’s drive, according to a release.

 Edmonson will share his recent book on the development the Adirondack Park, and excerpts of the recent movie. 

Join the virtual lecture via Zoom. Register in advance by going to  

After registration, participants will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. In conjunction with this lecture a special screening of the film will air on WCNY at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23.

A Wild Idea is based on in-depth interviews with more than five dozen insiders who are central to the story. It’s a rich, exciting narrative about state power and how it was imposed on rural residents, and it is full of surprising revelations. Edmonson is the author of Environmental Affairs in New York State, Ice Cream Social, and Postwar Cornell.


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