|Historic Images of the Adirondacks celebrates more than one hundred fifty years of life in New York State's Adirondack Mountains. Through its photographic images, the reader has the opportunity to see people and places that have long since disappeared. Individually, each of these photographs offers a glimpse of a single moment in time; together, they form a visual history of the Adirondacks. They document the landscape, buildings, roads, villages, and hamlets of the Adirondack Park. More importantly, they represent the community of people who shaped this region.
These images helped persuade New Yorkers to value and preserve the Adirondack wilderness for its wild beauty, restorative powers, and vast resources. Images of Adirondack people, communities, and landscapes helped foster a sense of place among those who lived and played in the region. More than a mere record of what things looked like, the Adirondack Museum's Historic Photograph Collection is a mirror of the hopes, dreams, and imaginings of New Yorkers past and a window through which to view the life of an American wilderness.
–From the introduction by Laura S. Rice, Chief Curator of the Adirondack Museum