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New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"

Rediscovering the "Corn People" of the St. Lawrence Valley

Five centuries ago, the St. Lawrence valley, from Watertown to Quebec City, was ruled by a culture that modern anthropologists call "the corn people." When the first French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in 1534, he found bustling towns and well-ordered fields. A few decades later, when Samuel de Champlain reached the same area, the corn people were gone. Their villages were empty. Their fields were abandoned. A new exhibition in Montreal explores the mystery of their disappearance. But as Brian Mann reports, some members of the Mohawk community say the scientists and historians have the story wrong.  Go to full article

Artists open their studio doors

NCPR is media sponsor for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council annual Artists' Studio Tour this weekend. The event starts Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to enjoy self-guided tours of 35 artist studios all around St. Lawrence County. Todd Moe talks with St. Lawrence County Arts Council director Hilary Oak about the studio tour.  Go to full article
Swan's "Joaquin Nin-Culmell, composer" - from the collection of Benjamin Franklin V, South Carolina.
Swan's "Joaquin Nin-Culmell, composer" - from the collection of Benjamin Franklin V, South Carolina.

"Lost Art Found," the recovered works by Paul Swan

Todd Moe talks with the curators of a new exhibit at SUNY-Potsdam that includes some of the paintings of artist, actor, dancer, poet and musician Paul Swan. The New York Times called him "America's Leonardo DaVinci," but many of his works disappeared for decades. After years of research, Colton residents Janis and Richard Londraville have uncovered some of the art and life of Paul Swan. With access to Swan's personal papers, letters and an unpublished memoir, the Londraville's have documented the story of his complicated family life, bisexuality and personal eccentricities in the book, The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan, from Wilde to Warhol.  Go to full article
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette
Convicted murderer Chester Gillette

"American Tragedy" Weapon Found

Members of the Herkimer County Historical Society say they've found the antique tennis racket used in the "American Tragedy" murder a century ago. The racket's authenticity was confirmed using marks from the murder trial. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Bruce Young's political cartoon "The Bug" ran in 1999 and 2000
Bruce Young's political cartoon "The Bug" ran in 1999 and 2000

For North Country Political Cartoonists, Open Season

The campaign season is officially underway in New York state. That's great news for editorial cartoonists, who use satire and caricature to poke fun at leading politicians. Here in the North Country, local cartoonists will be hard at work, looking for the humor and absurdity in regional politics. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source:  Ben Stechschulte)
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source: Ben Stechschulte)

"Three Farms" Portrays Adirondack Organic Movement

Tonight at the Keene Central School, the group Adirondack Harvest will host the screening of a new film called "Three Farms." The documentary focuses on the daily work and rituals on three organic farms, one in Keene Valley, another in Willsboro, and a third in Keeseville. Photographer Ben Stechschulte, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, made the film over a period of years. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)
Lake Placid Lodge before fire (Source: LP Lodge)

Historic Lake Placid Lodge Burns

A column of black smoke rose over Lake Placid yesterday as part of a historic restaurant and resort burned to the ground. An apparent kitchen fire in an annex at the Lake Placid Lodge broke out some time after 9 o'clock. There were no injuries. The main structure also suffered smoke and water damage. The Lodge -- first built in 1882 -- was one of the Adirondacks' premier luxury hotels, attracting famous guests including Britney Spears and Bill Gates. As Brian Mann reports, the fire could leave some of the resort's employees out of work just as the busy holiday season gets underway.  Go to full article

Preview: Burlington's Annual Art Hop

Burlington's annual South End Art Hop gets underway Friday afternoon (5pm). It's a two-day celebration showcasing the works of over 300 of the region's best and brightest creative artists displayed throughout the core of Burlington's creative south end neighborhood. Art Hop Coordinator Cynthia Newton says the event is a fusion of commerce and culture.  Go to full article

"An Adventure": Mixed Reviews for NYC Street Fair from North Country Artisans

17 artisans from the North Country caravanned to New York City this weekend. They set up booths at one of the largest one day street fairs in the country. The fair stretched for 20 blocks down 2nd avenue in Manhattan. Woodworker Dave Crosby called in by cell phone just after the fair ended.

Dave and the other artisans are part of the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative; a project organized by the St Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. The cooperative is an international finalist for a World Chamber award for micro-enterprise initiatives.  Go to full article
Canadian War Museum (CWM)
Canadian War Museum (CWM)

In Ottawa, New War Museum Asks Painful Questions

This weekend, Canadians will get their first look at a new national war museum in Ottawa. The massive structure has a bunker-like façade that stands out in a city famous for its graceful architecture. Inside, exhibitions offer a stark and sometimes painful look at Canada's military history, from the bloody campaigns of the French and Indian Wars, to peacekeeping operations now underway in Afghanistan. As Brian Mann reports, the museum is being unveiled at a time when many Canadians are ambivalent about war in general -- and skeptical of America's war on terror.  Go to full article

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