Author Glenn Pearsall to present Aug. 16 lecture in Wilmington on post-Revolution settling of region

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Historical Society will host author Glenn Pearsall for a talk and slideshow entitled “When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Wilmington Community Center, located at 7 Community Center Circle just off Springfield Road.

Pearsall’s book with this title was nominated and named a national finalist for the 2014 American Association of State and Local History Leadership Award.

“The story of the Adirondacks has national and international ramifications and needs to be told,” Pearsall said. “That story is more than the history of great camps, guideboats and environmental protectionism. It is, ultimately, the story of a people and their relationship to the land. The earliest carried a tomahawk or musket, but after the American Revolution a new kind of people, settlers and businessmen, came here. All sought what this place might have to offer and, like today, worked hard to ensure that life would be better and easier for their children and others that might follow.”

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Up-A-Creek Restaurant in Wilmington. For further information, contact the Wilmington Historical Society at 518-420-8370.

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