Second annual ‘History Matters’ Series begins with talk on hunting camps

SARANAC LAKE – To kick off Historic Saranac Lake’s annual “History Matters” Seminar Series, hunting camps will be the topic of discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St., Saranac Lake.

Jack Fogarty and Joe Hackett will lead the discussion and slides will be provided by Billy Allen. The discussion will be moderated by Bob Brown.

The talk will be held 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 devoted much of their time to the hunting season. Men and women have joined clubs and also owned private camps to be able to enjoy the pastime.

Joe Hackett is a featured columnist in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, called “Adirondack

Gadabout (outdoors).” He also writes “Notes from the Northwoods,” a syndicated, outdoor column featured in more than a dozen of DenPubs weekly North Country newspapers. Hackett also

provides articles for Embark magazine, Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Outdoors. His articles are representative of nature and the great outdoors.

Hackett is an Adirondack Guide and owns Tahawus Limited, an Adirondack guide service he founded in 1978.

Fogarty, who taught at the 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 twenty-five 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 which 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 518-359-2385.

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 518-891-4606 for more information.