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Adirondack History & Historic Preservation by Lee Manchester

From 2001 through 2006, reporter Lee Manchester wrote extensively on Adirondack history and historic preservation issues for the Lake Placid News. Following the death in 2003 of renowned public historian Mary MacKenzie, Lee began editing her collected historic works, published as The Plains of Abraham: A History of North Elba and Lake Placid (Utica, N.Y.: Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2007).

In 2004, Adirondack Architectural Heritage gave Lee its special recognition award for raising public awareness of regional historic preservation issues. Lee’s stories, many of which appear below, can also be found in two books: Adventures in the New Wilderness, and Adirondack Heritage: Travels Through Time in New York’s North Country. Today, Lee is the media relations director for Wagner College on Staten Island, NY. More of his work can be found HERE.

PDF versions of Lee’s Adirondack work can be downloaded at no charge:

AARCH Profile
Adirondack Architecture
Barn Preservation
Train Conference
Historic Churches Book
Historic Bridges
Endangered Bridges
AARCH Top 5, Part 1
AARCH Top 5, Part 2
Arto Monaco:
Arto Monaco*
Monaco Mural
Upper Works:
Adirondac Ghost Town*
Avery Toll Road
Adirondac Archeology
Tahawus Club, Part 1
Tahawus Club, Part 2
Adirondack History Center
Fort Ticonderoga
Iron Center
Lake Placid History Museum
Miner Museum
Penfield Museum
Chapman Museum
Two Stops in Malone
Jay Township:
Au Sable Preservation*
Graves Mansion, Au Sable Forks
Hollywood Theater, Au Sable Forks
Jay History
Jay Bridge Protest
Jay Bridges
Wellscroft (Adirondack Life)
Old Roads:
Old Mountain Road
Tales of the Old Iron Road, Parts 1-3
More Old Roads
Lake Placid/North Elba:
Camp Solitude
Bob Run Restoration
Historic Lake Placid Hotels
Historic Schools, North Elba
Lake Placid History Walk*
Palace Theater 75th Anniversary
Placid Lake Camps Tour AARCH
Frozen Placid Lake Tour
Newman Tour
Olympic Art at 25
North Elba Cemetery
100th Anniversary
Lake Placid P.O. Murals
Old Wilmington Town Hall
Whiteface Highway
Whiteface Highway Redux
Whiteface & the 10th Mountain Division
Wilmington Mine Tour
Santa’s History*
Camp Meeting
Essex County, etc:
Rockwell Tour
Crown Point
Keene Valley Library Renovation
Lewis Schoolhouses
Port Henry
Port Henry Restoration
Schroon Lake
Willsboro Point
New Russia
Two Music Camps
Historic Keeseville
Au Sable Chasm
Historic Inns Tour
Valcour Island Tour
Osgood Pond Tour, Part 1
Osgood Pond Tour, Part 2
Preserving Santanoni
Santanoni Barn Fire
Followup Santanoni
Last Ski, Santanoni
Santanoni Photo Pages:
Santanoni as Adirondack Ho-o-den
Santanoni Photos, Sept. 1, 2004
Santanoni, Additional Shots
John Brown & the Underground Railroad:
John Brown Tour
Underground Railroad in Adirondacks
John Brown, Revised
More on John Brown
Brown Commemoration
Brown’s Body Trail
Fire Towers:
Fire Towers Conference
Podskoch Fire Towers Book
Natural History Tour
Mount Adams Tower
Mount Adams 2005
Hurricane Fire Tower
Poke-O Opening
Vanderwhacker Tower
Goodnow Tower Hike
Palmer, Belfry Towers

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