May 5, 2013

'History Matters' begins with hunting camps

SARANAC LAKE — Hunting camps will be the topic of discussion as Historic Saranac Lake’s annual “History Matters” Seminar Series kicks off next weekend.

The public is invited to attend a discussion on the history and culture of hunting camps in the area, led by Jack Fogarty and Joe Hackett with slides provided by Billy Allen. The discussion, moderated by Bob Brown, will be held at 7 p.m. May 9 in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St., Saranac Lake.

Hunting has been a long-standing tradition in the Adirondacks and a mainstay for many people in the Saranac Lake region. Many Saranac Lakers, past and present, have joined clubs and also owned private camps to be able to enjoy the pastime.

Hackett’s column in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is called “Adirondack Gadabout (outdoors).” He also writes “Notes from the Northwoods”, a syndicated, outdoor column, and provides articles for Embark magazine, Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Outdoors, the region’s newest outdoor sporting magazine. Topics include hunting, hunting camps and outdoor recreation. Hackett is an Adirondack guide and owns Tahawus Limited, an Adirondack guide service he founded in 1978.

Jack Fogarty, who taught at Saranac Lake High School for 30 years, has been in the East Branch Rod and Gun Club for 40 years and has been either the secretary or president for the last 25 years. During that time, the St. Regis Paper Company sold the land to Champion Paper Company, who then sold the land to heartwood forest trust fund.

The current program is called the camp lease program and there are 220 sites available for camps that can be moved anywhere in the 159,000 acres. There will be public hunting starting this year. Members may keep the camps and pay $800 for a site plus $50 a member. For more information, call 359-2385.

The “History Matters” seminars meet four Thursdays in May at 7 p.m. The series is presented by Historic Saranac Lake in collaboration with the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, with support from the New York Council on the Humanities.

Admission is free of charge. Call Historic Saranac Lake at 891-4606 for information.

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