Glens Falls at Work
In Autumn 2019 The Folklife Center partnered with North Country Public Radio for Glens Falls at Work Live! It culminated with a pop-up photography & audio exhibition including live storytelling.
NORTH COUNTRY AT WORK is a North Country Public Radio project exploring the work history and contemporary economic landscape of each of the communities in the Adirondack North Country. Our starting point is photographs—images of people at work, the tools they use, the spaces their work occupies or impacts. From that starting point, we expand to personal stories, oral histories and other content to deepen our understanding of how the livelihoods of people across northern New York looked in earlier times, how the work has changed and continues to change, how the work we do in one community relates to work being done elsewhere in the region, and how our experience is part of a larger rural experience throughout the United States.
As the person in charge of the event, I went through our photograph collection here in the Folklife Center to pull images that might work for the pop-up exhibition & the online version.
I also had to arrange for people in Glens Falls to come in & talk about their experiences working in their field. Then I had to convince some of them to come back & share their stories live.
It turned out to be a great event with some fun and interesting stories. Check out the links below & listen to what some of your neighbors had to say about working in Glens Falls.
Jenny Hutchinson: The Hyde Collection & LARAC
Gary Fairchild: Cook and sous-chef
Jim LaFarr: Warren County Sherriff
Teri Podnorszki Rogers: Warren County Historical Society
Jacquiline Touba: The World Awareness Children's Museum
Tisha Dolton is Librarian/Historian at The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY. Her areas of interest are suffrage music, suffragists of Warren and Washington Counties, local women and minority populations, and embroidery.
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