The 43-minute documentary My Native Air: Charles Evans Hughes and the Adirondacks is now available for viewing free of charge on YouTube.
The film tells the story of the life and career of Glens Falls, NY native Hughes, his role in Adirondack forest land conservation and preservation of the springs at Saratoga Springs, and his connections with cultural attractions in the district such as The Hyde Collection and Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, Fort Ticonderoga, Silver Bay Association in Hague and Lady Tree Lodge at Upper Saranac Lake.
Snarky Aardvark Films of Queensbury released the documentary in January 2020.
The film is the creative effort of filmmaker Caitlin Stedman, sound engineer Tom Appler, and regular New York Almanack contributor Maury Thompson. Singer-songwriter Ray Agnew composed and recorded original theme music for the
Charles Evans Hughes was governor of New York from 1907 to October 1910, when he resigned to accept appointment as a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. He resigned from the court in June 1916 to accept the Republican nomination for President, narrowly losing to incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He was later U.S. Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the United States.
Mountain Lake PBS televised the documentary in 2021 and 2022, and Watertown PBS in 2022. It was screened at the Lake Placid Film Festival in 2022.
Thompson recently discussed the documentary and his ongoing research about Hughes on “The Also-Rans” a Mark A. Lempke podcast which explores the history of losing presidential candidates.