Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era




Cortland, NY and Raquette Lake, NY


July 7-13, 2024; July 14-20, 2024


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




Forever Wild: Americans and Their Land During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era" is a one-week immersion experience in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park where teachers live and learn at SUNY Cortland’s National Historic Landmark site, Camp Huntington. Participants explore 19th century conceptions of wilderness through site visits (the Vanderbilt’s Camp Sagamore and J. P. Morgan’s Camp Uncas and the Adirondack Experience), scholar-led workshops (Phil Terrie, Rebecca Edwards, Scott Manning Stevens) and discussions with best-selling YA fiction writer Jennifer Donnelly to explore the contested history of this unique landscape and its significance to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Project Director(s)

Randi Storch; Kevin Sheets

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Philip Terrie; Jennifer Donnelly; Scott Manning Stevens; Rebecca Edwards

Grantee Institution

SUNY Cortland