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The Great Camps of the Adirondacks

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The Great Camps of the Adirondacks is an illustrated lecture by David Schutz, State Curator, State of Vermont. In 1874, eighteen-year-old artist William West Durant, was summoned home from Egypt by his father, railroad tycoon, Dr. Thomas Clark Durant. The Durant family owned 6,000 acres of land in upstate New York, and had the ability to lay enough railroad track to get there. As the Gilded Age unfolded, this rustic playground, with its magnificent wilderness estates, many designed and constructed by W.W. Durant himself, attracted the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and even an American president from Vermont. This lecture and slide presentation explores these first examples of what came to be known as the Adirondack style of architecture. David Schutz has served State Curator in Vermont since 1986. As State Curator, he oversaw the restoration of the Vermont State House, and now provides oversight in the preservation of all historic buildings owned by the State of Vermont.

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