From Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II

Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) : 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will host a free open house event and community collecting day on November 11, 2019, from 10:00-4:00 in support of the ADKX 2020 seasonal exhibition From Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II. This exhibition, planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, is devoted to the connections between Adirondack people and the global conflict. From regional industry and tourism to first-person accounts, the exhibition will explore diverse stories—those previously untold as well as those well-remembered—of regional mine workers, Mohawk code-talkers, Tuskegee airmen, and the countless local men and women who bravely served on the homefront or abroad during this remarkable time.

To help enhance the materials and stories featured in the exhibition, ADKX is reaching out to community members throughout the Adirondacks who personally remember the War and its impact on the region, or who have direct accounts from family members or others who were involved. On this Veterans Day 2019, the Museum invites people to bring materials (or photos of materials) and stories that may relate to this exhibition. Museum staff will review what is brought that day to determine if they may be appropriate for exhibition use. Any materials that do not have a direct connection with World War II and the Adirondacks in the early to mid-1940s will not be able to be accepted by the Museum for this topical exhibition. ADKX is particularly interested in featuring letters, photographs, scrapbooks, service documents and medals, WAC and USO records and materials, news clippings, uniforms, wartime industry records and reports, local hotel and tourism materials, and ephemera (both materials that were obtained within the Adirondacks as well as materials brought to the region from local personnel serving overseas). ADKX recognizes how meaningful wartime memories are—objects that are accepted for use may be left on loan for the duration of the exhibition, or if agreeable, given as permanent donations to the collection. ADKX requests all objects for use no later than February 1, 2020. Any loaned objects will be returned by the museum by November 20, 2020. Should this event be canceled because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances, or if someone is interested in contributing but unable to attend, the museum requests people contact museum staff at

The ADKX store will host a special sale and event for this day only, and the museum’s signature exhibition Life in the Adirondacks will be open for all visitors.
Anyone who provides stories or lends or donates objects that are accepted for use will be recognized in the exhibition and invited to a preview event in May 2020.
For information or questions, please email
To make a gift to support this important exhibition, please call (518) 352-7311, extension 130.
About Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and culturally rich collections in more than 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121- acre campus in the heart of the Adirondacks. The ADKX offers a broad range of programs and activities including special and permanent exhibitions, a state of the art 19,000 square foot Life in the Adirondacks interactive exhibition, a new outdoor experience – ADKX Boathouse on Minnow Pond, plus daily activities with artisans-in-residence, workshops, lectures, interpretive programming, family and educational programs, and signature events like the Made in the Adirondacks Fair, American Mountain Men, Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, Rustic Furniture Fair, Antiques Show and Sale, and FallFest.  The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit