Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later with Ivy Gocker

April 7, 2019


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In 1869, Boston-based clergyman and author William Henry Harrison Murray published a collection ofadvice and anecdotes on his camping trips to a then little-known region – the Adirondacks. The volume,Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks would launch a thousand camping trips,inspiring hordes of untested city folk to try their hand at “roughing it” in the Adirondack wilds. Known asMurray’s Fools, these adventure-seekers flooded the region, spurring the growth of a tourism industrythat would change the Adirondacks forever. Adirondack Experience Library Director Ivy Gocker willexplore the impact of Murray’s influential guidebook as well as the life of Murray himself, based in largepart on the ADKX’s own collection of correspondence, publications, and scrapbooks from Murray and hisfamily.Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since the fall of 2016. Prior to that,she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in thelibrary’s local history department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Sciencefrom Pratt Institute.Plus special Murray’s Fools Distilling Co tasting in Visitor Center.

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