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LaBastille’s cabin will go to Adirondack Museum

July 28, 2014
By staff , Lake Placid News

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - Jane McGraw and Hilary McDonnell of the Adirondack Museum announced at the museum's Wilderness Elegance Benefit Gala Saturday night that the museum will receive Anne LaBastille's cabin.

LaBastille was an author and Adirondack Park Agency commissioner who was well known from her "Woodsman" series of books. She died in 2011. Her estate gave a gift of $300,000 to support the costs of moving the cabin. The cabin will be part of a new exhibition titled "The Adirondack Experience."

"We're thrilled to receive these amazing gifts," David Kahn, the museum's executive director, wrote in a press release. "We're in the process of planning updates and enhancements to our exhibitions and programs that share the Adirondack story - past, present, and future - and these items will now be an ongoing part of that for generations."

The process of cataloguing the cabin's furnishings and other contents will now begin by the museum staff, as they prepare to move them. Michael Frenette of Tupper Lake, a structural preservationist known for his carpentry work restoring Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, will be tasked with relocating the cabin to the museum.

Kahn said its too early to know exactly what visitors will experience in the cabin exhibit, but they can expect to see LaBastille's cabin preserved indoors as it looked when she lived there.

The museum's exhibition master plans calls for a "wide variety of gallery activities that will invite visitors to descend into a mine shaft, break up a long jam, and enjoy the Adirondack waters play area," according to the press release. There will also be a mile-long hiking trail to Minnow Pond and other improvements like a redesign of the museum's Lake View Cafe.



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