Performers and Programs

Program Information

Program name: History of October Mountain State Forest in Western Massachusett
Program category: History
Nature- Environment
Nature- Other
Program length: 60 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size:
Program description: October Mountain State Forest takes in 16,500 acres, making it one of the largest public recreation areas in Massachusetts. Much of the forest was once a sprawling private estate and game preserve, created by William C. Whitney, a man of wealth and prominence. Over time, the game preserve was dismantled and most--but not all--of the animals were relocated. Fire and the elements took their toll on the dormant structures, and the large estate came into the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Various Civilian Conservation Corps projects made this natural resource more accessible and usable by the public. One project in particular created a lake with picnic and camping facilities. Known as Felton Lake, this site has had its share of successes and setbacks, and has seen tragedy and happiness. Today, besides a bridge and dam built by the CCC, only a few ruins of a Boy Scout camp remain at the lake.
Space/special requirements:
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: Up to $100
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $0.50
Notes about the fee: Travel expenses to be worked out for venues outside NYS Capital District
Other notes: I am flexible.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 01/06/2017
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: David Fiske
Phone: 518-577-4997
Mailing address:
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
E-mail address: info@fiskeresearch.com
Website: http://fiskeresearch.com
   
Previous appearances at: New York State Library, Schenectady County Public Library, Saratoga Springs History Museum, Solomon Northup Day, Saratoga Springs, Rensselaerville Festival of Writers
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/06/2017

 

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