Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (formerly known as the Adirondack Museum) has announced the launch of its new digital experience – ADKX@HOME.
This new website focuses on a pandemic collecting initiative, delivering fun educational activities for the whole family, and making the ADKX’s world-class collections and experts accessible to the public in new ways.
As one of the key stewards of the Adirondacks’ cultural and social records, ADKX curators have begun documenting the impact of the coronavirus on the North Country’s people and businesses. Through the Documenting the Pandemic section of the new website, visitors can share their stories and objects with the ADKX. Photos, objects, and written and recorded stories will help future historians understand this moment in time, and allow us to share with each other as our history unfolds.
“This is really unprecedented. By collecting now as things are happening, we can give future generations a better understanding of this extraordinary moment in time,” said ADKX Chief Curator Laura Rice. “Perhaps as people look back, they will be better prepared to cope with similar crises. We’d love to hear from business owners, volunteers, medical staff, teachers, students, parents, essential workers — everyone has a story to tell.”
ADKX staff are now working to deliver curriculum-based learning modules to teachers and students at home each week as well as resources and activities for the whole family. These activities include ADKXpositions – a weekly Adirondack-themed writing prompt to inspire young creative writers; and Folklore Fridays – a video series delivering stories of regional legend and lore with lessons on how to create your very own Adirondack tall tale.
Several of the new online activities including Design Your Own Hermit Hut and Where’s Noah center on the lifestyle of famous Adirondack hermit Noah John Rondeau. Visitors can also download our whimsical Adirondack coloring and activity pages featuring several drawings by Arto Monaco.
Additionally, the new webpage offers a look at ADKX Featured Collections reflecting on the stories of the healing power of the Adirondacks, the quiet beauty of the landscape, and people who have lived, worked, and played here. Visitors will also find a fun assortment of artwork from our collection as well as photos of campus that can be used as virtual backgrounds for conference calls, check-ins, and other virtual communications.
For more information about Adirondack Experience, call (518) 352-7311 or visit their website.