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Andy Flynn works with the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, singer/songwriter Dan Berggren of Ballston Spa, and North Country Public Radio to produce a series of monthly 5-minute "Adirondack Attic" radio programs, exploring the Adirondack Museum's artifact collections, and other museum collections around the Adirondack North Country region to highlight a broad range of New York state history.

Andy is also the author The Adirondack Attic book series and Meet the Town community guides. You can find them at the Hungry Bear Publishing website, and at bookstores around the region.

Caperton Tissot with an antique ice saw at the ice palace in Saranac Lake.  Photo: Andy Flynn.
Caperton Tissot with an antique ice saw at the ice palace in Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn.

Adirondack Attic: how they cut the ice for the frozen palace

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn visits the ice palace in Saranac Lake for a conversation with historian and author Caperton Tissot about cutting ice blocks for the palace and using an antique ice saw.  Go to full article
Mose Ginsberg

Adirondack Attic: from peddler to Tupper Lake civic leader

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, we'll listen to a 1969 interview with Tupper Lake business pioneer Mose Ginsberg, who immigrated to the Adirondacks in the 1890's as a teenager.  Go to full article
John Eddy's 1818 map of the Adirondack/North Country region.  Photo: Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Attic: an 1818 map of the North Country

Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a closer look at an early 19th century map of the region.

Published in 1818, the map was divided into four sections, including one for the Adirondack North Country region. Governor DeWitt Clinton commissioned state Geographer John Eddy to make the map in order to sketch out the proposed route of the Erie Canal between Lake Erie and the Hudson River. Clinton was largely responsible for the canal, which opened in 1825.  Go to full article
Artifacts found near Long Lake by summer vacationers in the 1960's and 70's.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Native American artifacts

Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum for a closer look at Native American artifacts -- pottery and arrowheads -- found near Long Lake, for this month's edition of "The...  Go to full article
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Remembering Ton-Da-Lay

Andy Flynn visited the Adirondack Museum to look at architectural drawings for Ton-Da-Lay, a development in the town of Altamont, now Tupper Lake, that was proposed in the...  Go to full article
The Campsite on the south bank of the Saranac River and near Fredenburgh Falls, and came to be called Pike's Cantonment for its commander Colonel Zebulon Pike.

Adirondack Attic: War of 1812 archeology in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh commemorates a pivotal battle in the War of 1812 this week. Andy Flynn visits the 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh for a look at some recent archeological finds for...  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Museum

Adirondack Attic: Sandpaper

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article
Drafting tools that belonged to Verplanck Colvin

Adirondack Attic: tools for making maps

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail

Adirondack Attic: Clinton county's mining heritage

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article
A Change House basket

Adirondack Attic: Change House basket

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people...  Go to full article

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