The Ticonderoga Historical Society will host “Mapping the Adirondacks,” a free program with Pete Nelson, who will discuss the life and work of Rochester physician William Watson Ely, on Friday, August 5th.
Ely’s Map of the New York Wilderness was the first detailed map of the Adirondack wilderness, showing most of the water courses, peaks and topography, and dominated the world of Adirondack maps from the 1860s until nearly the turn of the century.
Nelson is a mathematics teacher and history lecturer at North Country Community College, a co-founder of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative and an avid writer, lecturer and Adirondack history buff whose articles appear regularly in numerous regional publications. He is currently writing a book on early Adirondack surveyors.
This program will begin at 7 pm, and will be held at the Hancock House, located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga. The program will be held outdoors, under a tent and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at (518) 585-7868 or by e-mailing email@example.com. For more information visit the Ticonderoga Historical Society website.
Illustration: Ely’s Map of the New York Wilderness.