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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.

Dannemora prison construction in 1898.
Dannemora prison construction in 1898.

Adirondack Attic: an industry inside a prison

In the 19th century, iron mining was the main operation at the Dannemora Correctional Facility, with three main mines scattered within the structure's walls. The mines provided employment for the convicts and earned the region the nickname, "Little Siberia." Inmates also helped with prison construction and renovations. Coming up on the next Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn and Adirondack Museum chief curator Laura Rice examine a photo taken during prison construction in the late 1800's.  Go to full article
Jay Howard Doig's 1890 self portrait on the Moose River.

Adirondack Attic: a charming 19th century watercolor

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, a watercolor painting by a Lowville painter from the late 19th century that celebrates fly-fishing.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: burl wood belt cup

In the old days, when it was still safe to drink from rivers and lakes, travelers used burl wood belt or canoe cups. Most were exquisitely hand-carved wooden "travel" cups. For today's "Adirondack Attic", Andy Flynn tells us about one such canoe cup in the collection at the Adirondack Museum.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: the Whiteface Mountain fire tower

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
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark

Adirondack Attic: farm photos

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
A caboose oil lamp from the NY Central Railroad

Adirondack Attic: antique railroad oil lamps

Our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn continues. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: artifacts from the Saranac Labs

Andy Flynn tells the stories behind everyday artifacts in the Adirondacks. In his episode of the Adirondack Attic, Andy looks into a sputum cup and a painting at the Saranac...  Go to full article
A Rushton open sailing canoe from 1883.

Adirondack Attic: antique sailing canoes and tales from Raquette Lake

Canton will celebrate the 50th annual Rushton Canoe Race weekend next month. Canton was the home to the Rushton Canoe Company founded by J. Henry Rushton, who built canoes...  Go to full article
Noah John Rondeau

Adirondack Attic: vintage radio chat with the Hermit of Cold River

Andy Flynn's "Adirondack Attic" series continues with the story of a 1959 radio interview with Noah John Rondeau - the Hermit of Cold River. It's in the audio archives at...  Go to full article
John Alden Beals in his 1950s ice boat

Adirondack Attic: ice boats at the Adirondack Museum

Our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn continues. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make,...  Go to full article

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