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December 19, 2013

Adirondack Museum gets $1.4 million grant

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE  — Adirondack Museum has been awarded a $1.4 million grant, through the Regional Economic Development Council and Empire State Development, for its new Exhibition Master Plan.

It was designated one of the priority projects of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

The museum’s Exhibition Master Plan, the first in its history, is a blueprint for updating and enhancing the exhibitions and programs that share the Adirondack story — past, present, and future — on the 32-acre campus.

‘TREMENDOUS BENEFITS’

“We’re honored and thrilled by the state of New York’s vision and faith in our new exhibit projects that will preserve and share the Adirondack story with thousands of new visitors,” Adirondack Museum Executive Director David M. Kahn said in a statement Wednesday.

“The exhibitions will bring tremendous economic, tourism and cultural benefits to the region. We deeply appreciate Governor (Andrew) Cuomo’s continued championing of the Adirondacks as one of the state’s premiere assets and the work of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and its co-chairs, Tony Collins and Garry Douglas, in developing and implementing a long-term strategic plan for economic growth in our region.”

THEATER, INDIAN CAMP

The funds will be used to help create and build the first phase of several new learning experiences using the museum’s collections and galleries.

These include a multi-media theater providing an overview of the Adirondacks; a re-created Indian hunting camp, which visitors can enter and explore; and the museum’s first exhibition on the Adirondack Park itself, with a gigantic, walk-on, interactive map interpreting places and people inside the Blue Line.

In addition, the Master Plan calls for a variety of other activities that will invite visitors to descend into a mineshaft, break up a log jam and enjoy an Adirondack waters play area.

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