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Posted on: June 14th, 2018




KEENE VALLEY, N.Y. (5/18/18) — The Keene Valley Library Association seeks volunteers to participate in 35-minute focus groups as part of the planning process for a community history initiative, “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are.”

Focus groups will be held at the Keene Library on Tuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and at the Keene Valley Library on Thursday, July 5 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. At these meetings, volunteers will help decide categories to organize stories. Suggestions of family, friends, neighbors, and former residents who may be interested in sharing a three-minute story are also welcome.

The KVLA has received a Humanities New York Vision Grant to plan this multi-year project, intended to collect Town of Keene oral histories and related photographs. These will be collected, organized, and made available online at the project’s completion. 

“This project will collect the unique history and rich character of our community in the Adirondack Mountain High Peaks,” said Keene Valley Library Director Karen Glass. “This effort will involve the entire community, connect residents more deeply to their home, and provide opportunities to share our stories beyond the valley.”

The Humanities New York grant program is designed to ensure that all New Yorkers may access the tools and experiences of the humanities, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To volunteer for the planning process, send an email to myadirondackstory@gmail.com to volunteer for a focus group or suggest themes, individuals, or stories to include in the project.


About the Keene Valley Library Association

Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library provides a circulating collection and acts as a cultural center for the village’s residents and visitors to Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. The library’s mission is to connect people to ideas, experiences, information, and the community in a comfortable, welcoming setting. The library strives to do this by providing adults and children with a collection of current and relevant books, other media, and local Adirondack historical resources, providing an inviting and lively cultural center evolving as the community grows and technology advances. Learn more at keenevalleylibrary.org.

About Humanities New York

The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Learn more at humanitiesny.org.

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