“Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age”

2012-06-05_09-06-26_960In looking toward the Farms Afield summer retreat to Great Camp Sagamore, the Stickley Museum is excited to welcome a visit and lecture, Sunday, March 10, from the site’s Assistant Director, Jeffrey Flagg.

Great Camp SagamoreFlagg’s presentation, entitled “Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age,” will primarily focus on the history of Great Camp Sagamore which, built in 1897, was the wilderness retreat of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Flagg will establish Sagamore’s context within the era of Great Camps and discuss the contributions of William West Durant, who as Flagg states “is widely considered to be the father of what is now commonly referred to as ‘Adirondack Rustic’ architecture.”

Flagg continues, “In 1898, as part of the effort to promote his development plans for the central Adirondack region, Durant hired well-known Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard to take a collection of photos of Sagamore, which were complied into an elaborate photo album.”  Stoddard’s photos will be featured in Flagg’s presentation.

Jeffrey Flagg is the Assistant Director of Programs and Marketing at Great Camp Sagamore, located in Raquette Lake, NY. He earned his Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green University, with an academic focus on environmental history and ethics. His dissertation traces the evolution of a comprehensive land ethic in the Adirondack State Park, which led him to Sagamore following his graduation in 1999. At Sagamore, Dr. Flagg has developed a variety of academic programs centered on Adirondack history and culture, for groups ranging from elementary pupils to graduate students, and from high school teachers to Elderhostel participants.

The lecture will be held in the Education Room at the Stickley Museum at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, with a reception to follow.

Join us for Jeffrey Flagg’s lecture and learn more about this summer’s Farms Afield to Great Camp Sagamore.  We hope to see you there!

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One Response to “Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age”

  1. Alison Gier Totten via Facebook says:

    Sagamore is gorgeous and well worth a visit .. have been several times,

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