It's hard to believe that the Adirondacks haven't always been a vacation destination for much of America. It wasn't until Photographer/Artist/Environmentalist Seneca Ray Stoddard forever changed America’s vision of the Adirondack wilderness. Coming to Munson Williams in Utica, you can relive that magic. 

Starting May 28th and running through September 18th, the "Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks" exhibition will be on display at Munson Williams. This exhibit wasvorganized by the New York State Museum in Albany, and features more than 70 original examples of Stoddard’s photographs, paintings, illustrated guidebooks, cameras, and maps.

With the growing appreciation of a preserved landscape, entrepreneurs improved access to the mountains in order to escape the pressures of 19th-century industrialized America. The Adirondacks provided settings for rustic cabins for the self-sufficient backwoods trapper as well as "Great Camps" for wealthy railroad magnates. For burgeoning middle-class tourists, the rough Adirondack wilderness was cherished, and lakeside resorts grew in popularity.

Stoddard published the richly illustrated guidebook The Adirondacks: Illustrated as well as guides to Saratoga, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, and Schroon Lake. Our 21st-century perception of the Adirondacks derives from the same natural beauty that Stoddard explored through photographs, writings and maps.  We continue to confront the same challenges to its preservation and appreciation documented by Stoddard."

This exhibit will open to the public on May 28th 2016 at Munson Williams.