A lecture by Hallie E. Bond. Ever since Ralph Waldo Emerson took a trip through the Adirondacks in a small boat, millions of Americans have seen Adirondack vacations as the antidote to the stress and pollution of industrialized society.
This illustrated lecture explores boatshops, liveries, and a way of life and leisure that has all but vanished. The rich heritage of Adirondack small boats ranges from canoes of birchbark and cedar to sailing yachts; from humble fishing skiffs to motorboats powered by electricity or aircraft engines; and, the legendary Adirondack guideboat, called the finest traditional rowboat on the continent.
A century ago, the region was "that Venice of the woods, whose Highways are rivers, whose paths are streams, and whose carriages are boats." Today, most travelers see the Adirondacks from the seat of a car. We have gained easy access to "the East's last great wilderness;" by re-discovering the small boat heritage of the Adirondacks, we explore what may have been lost along the way.
New York Council for the Humanities funded program. New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C.