News Release: LCBP Hosts Adirondack Guideboat Presentation
Grand Isle, VT – The Lake Champlain Basin Program will host a presentation on Adirondack guideboats on Thursday, March 14th for the Love the Lake speaker series. Hallie Bond is an author who worked with the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake for nearly thirty years. She was involved in many museum exhibits, and was researcher and curator of the permanent installation “Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks, 1840-1940.” She has written extensively on regional history and material culture including Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks, published by Syracuse University Press in 1995, “A Paradise for Boys and Girls:” Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks (2005), and Adirondack Cooking (with Stephen Topper, Gibbs Smith, 2014), and numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines, and books.
Bond explained that “In the century since they were common working parts of the Adirondack economy, both the Adirondack guide and the Adirondack guideboat have become elevated to mythical status. The guide has become revered as a master woodsman or a “character” (depending on your point of view) and the guideboat as a collector’s item.” Her program, “Of Guides and Guideboats” traces the parallel development of the guide and his boat from the 1850s to the present. Bond will explore the complex interactions between the national culture and economy and regional people, their trades and crafts.
This FREE public program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Office and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Training Facility, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, Vermont, located just north of the Grand Isle ferry entrance. Homemade desserts will be served. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at the LCBP at (802) 372-3213.