Monday, September 6, 2010

Historic Saranac Lake to host Adirondack Artifact Night Sept. 14 at Saranac Laboratory

Historic Saranac Lake is inviting area residents to dig out historical artifacts from their homes and businesses and share stories behind the objects for their first-ever “Adirondack Artifact Night” on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Author Andy Flynn will moderate “Adirondack Artifact Night” starting at 7 p.m. in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church St. in Saranac Lake. During the first half of the program, he will present a brief “Community History Writing Workshop” and show the audience how he performs research for his award-winning Adirondack Attic History Project with the Adirondack Museum. For the second half of the program, the show-and-tell portion, audience members will be showing off their artifacts and telling stories about the objects. The program is free and open to the public.

“This is community history at its best,” Flynn said, “but Adirondack Artifact Night only works if people bring in historical objects from home. The more the merrier. Piece by piece, we’ll get an interesting and very personal snapshot of Saranac Lake history.”

Flynn’s Adirondack Artifact Night program was inspired by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, which holds similar programs throughout the year. In 2010, Flynn has presented successful Adirondack Artifact Night programs in North Creek, Wilmington and Tupper Lake.

Flynn reminds residents that Adirondack Artifact Night is set up differently from the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow,” in which experts appoint monetary value to antiques that guests bring in from home.

“We will not be identifying or appraising objects,” Flynn said. “We expect that people will bring historical artifacts, photos, paintings, etc. to the library and share their stories with the rest of the audience. In this case, the guests are the experts.” 

For more information, call Andy Flynn at (518) 891-5559 or Historic Saranac Lake at (518) 891-4606.

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