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NCPR News Staff: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Correspondent

Andy Flynn is the assistant managing editor for Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise. He has worked in radio and print media for 20 years in the Adirondacks. He produces a series of monthly "Adirondack Attic" radio programs for NCPR, 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 the author The Adirondack Attic book series and Meet the Town community guides and owner/operator of Hungry Bear Publishing. He lives in Saranac Lake."

Stories filed by Andy Flynn

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Johnsburg's crayon portraits -- Miles Morehouse's photo is on the far right.
Johnsburg's crayon portraits -- Miles Morehouse's photo is on the far right.

Adirondack Attic: Johnsburg's historic crayon portraits

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 travels to the southern Adirondacks and the Johnsburg Historical Society to visit a series of hand-colored, antique "crayon portraits."  Go to full article
Fireworks above this year's Ice Palace.
Fireworks above this year's Ice Palace.

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake Ice 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, we'll get the history and the back-story of Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival, and its famous Ice Palace.  Go to full article
Charcoal from the iron forge in Clintonville.
Charcoal from the iron forge in Clintonville.

Adirondack Attic: a piece of mining history

Andy Flynn visits the Adirondack Museum as our "Adirondack Attic" series continues. Andy talks with chief curator Laura Rice about a chunk of charcoal from the 1800's that came from a forge in Clintonville. It's a piece of the puzzle of processing iron ore in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: A new look at an old bridge

In our on-going series, The Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn talks with Steve Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, about an early photo of the original Lake Champlain Bridge, which connects Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vermont. Back in 1929, the original bridge was state-of-the-art for the era.  Go to full article
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.
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 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 visits the Adirondack Museum to climb the Whiteface Mountain fire tower.  Go to full article
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clark
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 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 digs through a box of photographs from a farm in Cranberry Lake.  Go to full article
A caboose oil lamp from the NY Central Railroad
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, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. Today, Andy and Saranac Lake railroad historian Chris Brescia compare two old caboose oil lamps.  Go to full article

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