Programs

Andy Flynn offers several public programs on history, using his Adirondack Attic and Stories from the Attic history projects and more than 25 years of experience as a journalist in New York State's Adirondack Park region as material for his educational messages.

Andy Flynn is the editor of the Lake Placid News and a correspondent for North Country Public Radio in Canton, New York. He is the author of nine books, mostly on Adirondack history, and a graduate of the Tupper Lake High School and SUNY Fredonia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication. He lives in Saranac Lake, New York.

Stories from the Attic (lecture)

The subtitle for Andy Flynn’s “Stories from the Attic” presentation says it all: “Preserving America’s history, one artifact at a time.” Since 2003, he’s traveled to museums throughout New York State’s Adirondack Region, telling stories about artifacts in their collections, stories about life – past and present – in this unique part of the world. “Stories from the Attic” is a conversation about historic preservation, a shared experience between the presenter and the audience.

“After all, we all help preserve America’s history in our own way – at home, at work, in public and at the many local, state and national museums and historic sites,” Flynn said. “History tells our story, and artifacts tell stories about our history.”

“Stories from the Attic” explores the ways and reasons we preserve history and emphasizes the importance of historic preservation. Flynn uses his Adirondack Attic History Project as an example of how he’s used artifacts to help preserve the history of the Adirondack Region.

During “Stories from the Attic,” Flynn uses readings from his “Adirondack Attic” book series, historic photos and maps, show-and-tell artifacts from his collection, experiences as a journalist covering historic events, and interactions with the audience to spread his message of historic preservation.

Venues: Lecture series, museums, libraries, historical societies, historic preservation organizations, middle/high schools, colleges, inns/hotels, book clubs
Length: 1 hour
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).

Artifact Night (workshop)

Residents are invited to bring artifacts from home and tell stories about these objects during a show-and-tell session. Beforehand, Andy Flynn will present a brief Community History Writing Workshop, a primer on researching and writing local history, and share stories from his “Adirondack Attic” book series, which showcases the archives and collections of the Adirondack Experience museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Venues: Historical societies, museums, historical associations/conferences, historic preservation organizations
Length: 2 hours
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour (performance)

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of museums throughout New York's Adirondack Region. This highly entertaining show is sure to please all crowds.

Venues: Lecture series, libraries, historical societies, museums, middle/high schools, colleges, historical associations/conferences, historic preservation organizations
Length: Either 1 hour (no intermission) or 2 hours (two sets and intermission)
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).

Lake Placid: New York's Olympic Village (lecture)

Andy Flynn gives a historical perspective on the only community in the United States to host two Olympic Winter Games. This program was designed with Alison Haas, director of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and includes images from the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society's collection. Learn how the village developed winter sports, attracted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and continues to train today's Olympians. Lake Placid is home to a U.S. Olympic Training Center, USA Luge, USA Bobsled & Skeleton, international competitions and historic Olympic sites. The Olympic Region has sent athletes to every Winter Olympics since they began in 1924.

Venues: Lecture series, libraries, historical societies, middle/high schools, colleges, Adirondack inns/hotels
Length: 1 hour
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).

Meet the Park (lecture)

This presentation was designed around Andy Flynn's book, "New York's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide," and it gives audience members an overview of New York state's 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. It is particularly helpful to people who don't know much about the park or why this place is an important part of America's environmental history. Andy uses more than 25 years of journalism and public relations experiences to help tell the story of the Adirondack Park. Since the Adirondack Park's centennial in 1992, he's covered many important news events as a writer, editor and correspondent for the Lake Placid News, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Denton Publications, Plattsburgh Press-Republican and North Country Public Radio. He's also worked for the state Adirondack Park Agency and Adirondack Mountain Club and worked alongside museum curators throughout the Adirondack region since 2003 to tell stories about Adirondack history.

Venues: Libraries, historical societies, middle/high schools, colleges, civic groups, inns/hotels
Length: 1 hour
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).

Bridging the Past to the Present (school program)

Using stories from his "Adirondack Attic" book series, Andy Flynn uses a slide show to bring the Adirondack Experience museum’s artifacts to life during this program for all grades. He uses artifacts from his collections, historic photos, and stories about the museum's artifacts to support his educational message of local and regional history.

Venues: Elementary school (k-2, 3-5), middle school (6-8), high school (9-12)
Length: Program times are tailored to class schedules
Cost: Call Andy Flynn for rates (518-891-5559).