Hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks
Permanent Exhibit and Collection
As unique as the history of climbing the Adirondack high peaks itself, the museum’s one-of-a-kind, permanent interactive exhibit guides the visitor through the hiking and climbing history of the High Peak’s and reveals the role that early climbing and wilderness advocates and hiking groups played, specifically in the High Peaks region, dating back to the mid-19th Century. The exhibit highlights the work of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Summit Stewards, hiking pioneers, old time guides, and other historic and contemporary figures, and features many of the items in the Museum’s collection. The exhibit was created in 2018 with funding from the Adirondack 46ers, the Grace Hudowalski Charitable Trust, Cloudsplitter Foundation, J.M. McDonald Foundation, and individual contributions and permanently endowed by the Grace Hudowalski Charitable Trust.
In 2020 the Trust awarded a five year $75,000 grant ($15,000 annually) to support the permanent Hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks exhibit, collection and programming.