A History of Adirondack Flora through Stoddard

Silver cascade Elizabethtown

Silver Cascade, Elizabethtown, by Seneca Ray Stoddard

On Sunday January 15, 2012 the Adirondack Almanack posted an article about an ‘Exhibit of Stoddard Views Coming to Chapman Museum“.  This museum exhibit has an interesting connection to Adirondack Flora, so it is being shared here as well.

Long considered beautiful photographs of the Adirondack landscape, Seneca Ray Stoddard’s views also serve well as documents of the plants that inhabited the region in the 19th century. The Glens Falls Historical Society’s Chapman Historical Museum’s summer exhibit, S.R. Stoddard’s Natural Views, which will run from May 4 through September 2, will feature fifty enlarged photographs of different Adirondack settings – lake shores, marshes, meadows, riverbanks and mountainsides. Highlighted in modern color images will be examples of the plants discovered in Stoddard’s photographs — from small flowers to shrubs and trees.

click here for the entire post on the Adirondack Almanack

Daun Reuter, a biologist at Paul Smith’s College – and ABS member – will be working on the project to help identify plants in the photographs.  “I am very excited to work with Director Timothy Weidner of the Chapman Museum on an exhibit of photos by Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard,” said Daun. “I will be asking for assistance from other botanists in the region including members of the Adirondack Botanical Society.  I hope everyone will have a chance to view the exhibit opening this May.


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