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North Country Higher Education Consortium Partners with NYS Museum for Seneca Ray Stoddard Exhibition

~Adirondack Day Scheduled for October 27 ~

In an effort to promote the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley, the New York State Museum in Albany is using its new major photography exhibition on Seneca Ray Stoddard to highlight the work of the North Country’s nine institutions of higher education and its two research institutes along with other major cultural and educational institutions located throughout the North Country.  The State Museum’s Stoddard exhibition opened on June 29 and showcases the works of the iconic Adirondack photographer and conservationist, who was instrumental in the establishment of the “forever wild” Adirondack Park.

Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks is open through February 24, 2013 in the museum’s Crossroads Gallery. It includes more than 100 of Stoddard’s photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, camera, copies of Stoddard’s books and several of his paintings. There also are several Stoddard photos of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island. These and other items come from the State Museum’s collection of more than 500 Stoddard prints and also from the collections of the New York State Library and the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls.

“When we were planning this exhibition, we realized that this North Country-focused exhibition would be an ideal opportunity to showcase the wonderful work being done in the region by leading cultural and educational institutions,” said Museum Director Mark Schaming.

Schaming continued, pointing to the museum’s commitment to highlighting the beauty of the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley. “This is the first time the State Museum has exhibited these remarkably important photographs from our extensive Seneca Ray Stoddard collection. It’s an enormously rich visual record of the Adirondacks, as well as other regions of the state,” he said.

An online version of the exhibition is also available on the State Museum website at

A newly formed consortium of North Country institutions of higher education and research are jointly helping to promote the exhibit. In July, Jefferson Community College joined with the North Country’s eight other institutions of higher education and its two research institutions to form the Higher Education and Research & Development Consortium (HEARD).  The primary mission of the HEARD Consortium is to support the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan by embarking on a collaboration that is focused on supporting economic development in the North Country.

The colleges, universities and research institutions within the region will work together, where appropriate, to promote the visions and strategies of the North County Regional Economic Development Council in a collaborative and unified manner to improve the quality of life in North Country, increase jobs, recruit and incubate new businesses, and share resources and services where possible.    In addition to Jefferson, HEARD institutions include Clarkson University, Clinton Community College, the Miner Institute, North Country Community College, Paul Smith’s College, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam, Trudeau Institute and CITEC. 

In addition to HEARD, other Seneca Ray Stoddard Exhibition partners include: the Adirondack Center for Writing, Adirondack Life magazine, the Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Photography Institute, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend, the Chapman Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, Great Camp Sagamore, the Hyde Collection, John Brown Lives, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mountain Lakes PBS, and The Wild Center.  Financial support for the Seneca Ray Stoddard exhibition has been received from Paul Smith's College and Stewart's Shops.

The State Museum is hosting Adirondack Day, on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Visitors to the State Museum on Adirondack Day will have an opportunity to attend lectures and programs focusing on the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks and the resources available from many of the organizations and institutions in the Adirondacks.  The event will be free and open to the public. Visit the State Museum’s web site, for more information as well as news about upcoming programs and events.