Calendar of Events 2023




Contact: Don Rittner, Executive Director. [email protected] Warren County Historical Society 50 Gurney Lane Queensbury, NY 12804 518 743 0734


The Warren County Historical Society in Queensbury NY invites artists of all disciplines to enter our juried exhibition, “Inspired by History – Art Reflections of Warren County, New York County. “

Artwork can be in all forms and must be inspired by the human history, natural landscape and historic architecture of Warren County NY.

The exhibition will take place Friday August 18 through Sunday August 20 in the “Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall,” at Adirondack College, 640 Bay Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804.

A reception and silent auction will take place Sunday August 20th from 2-5.

All artists are welcome to submit, regardless of their experience. Work in any medium will be considered. Entries must be ready to hang, projected, listened to, and sculpture is limited to 6 feet high.

The entry fee is $15 per work of art and each artist is limited to 2 submissions. Participants must send labeled jpg images to [email protected] by June 30, 2023. Notification of works accepted will be by July 21, 2023. Drop Warren County Historical Society

50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury, New York 12804

518-743-0734 Fax:518-824-5861 E-mail: [email protected] Website:

off of artwork is August 17 at the “Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall,” from 10AM to 5PM. Pick up will be August 21 at 10-5.

Artists/artisans must agree to have their work photographed and possibly included in the WCHS website.

Jurors for this exhibition are: Don Rittner, Executive Director, Warren County Historical Society, Teri Rogers, Co-President, Warren County Historical Society, Gerri Groff, artist, Patricia Dolan, Warren County Historical Society, and Rebecca Pelchar, Assistant Professor of Art History | Director of the “Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall” and Curator of the SUNY Adirondack Art Collection

The silent auction is a fund raiser for WCHS and all sales will have 50% commission go to WCHS and 50% to the artist. There will be a first, second and third prize awarded. “Georgia O’Keefe” will present the awards. There will a door prize, food and drink.

Entry form can be obtained by downloading it from the WCHS Facebook Page (, or request by email to [email protected].




 June 22: Joseph W. Zarzynski,  Anchors from Fort William Henry Museum

Joseph W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists)

Fort William Henry Museum opened its doors to tourists in May 1954. Over its early years, the museum acquired a large collection of anchors, grapnels, and grappling irons, many of those dating to the 18th century. Maritime archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski, a board member of The French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc., will give a PPT presentation reviewing the results of a 2021 inventory and study of the museum’s anchor, grapnel, and grappling iron collection. The program will likewise compare the Fort William Henry Museum’s assemblage of marine artifacts with an anchor and grapnel recovered several years ago from the GE dredging of the upper Hudson River. Moreover, Zarzynski will discuss options for the longtime preservation of the replica fort’s marine artifacts. Zarzynski is the author of several books including Ghost Fleet Awakened–Lake George’s Sunken Bateaux of 1758 (SUNY Press, 2019).

Talk will be at the Crandall Library. More details to follow.


Joseph W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register for Professional Archaeologists)

Joseph W. Zarzynski is a maritime archaeologist with a B.A. (Ithaca College, History), a M.A.T. (Binghamton University, Social Sciences), and a M.A. (University of Leicester, UK, Archaeology & Heritage).

The Endicott, NY native serves on two not-for-profit corporation boards: The French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. and the Foundation for the Preservation of Captain Cook’s Ships, Inc. Further, Zarzynski serves on the Sanctuary Advisory Committee for NOAA’s proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary.

The Saratoga County, NY resident is the author or co-author of seven books: Champ—Beyond the Legend (1984), Monster Wrecks of Loch Ness and Lake Champlain (1986), the young adult book, The Radeau Land Tortoise—North America’s Oldest Intact Warship (1993), Lake George Shipwrecks and Sunken History (2011), Documentary Filmmaking for Archaeologists (2012), Ghost Fleet Awakened—Lake George’s Sunken Bateaux of 1758 (2019), and Lochend—Monster Hunting on the Run (2021). His eighth book, on Lake George’s Fort William Henry and its grounds, will be released in the summer of 2023.

Zarzynski wrote or co-wrote four shipwreck documentaries including “The Lost Radeau: North America’s Oldest Intact Warship” (Pepe Productions, 2005) and his last video documentary with Pepe Productions is “Iron Sentries: The Mystery Cannons of Fort William Henry” (2016).

Zarzynski is author of over 500 articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and professional papers and reports. Further, he co-wrote four National Register of Historic Places nominations with those shipwrecks being listed. Moreover, he co-authored a National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination that resulted in the 1758 Land Tortoise radeau shipwreck being designated as a NHL, then only the sixth shipwreck in American waters with that designation.

July 19: Dr. Jim Schaefer – The Schaefer Family and the Adirondacks

Jim was born and raised in Schenectady where he gained a lifelong appreciation of the environment and his surroundings—weekend family hikes, arrowhead hunting, skiing, fly fishing, hunting, spent summers in northern Idaho, western Montana, northern Arizona & New Mexico. Early career interest in forest fire research and management; subsequent career drinking behavior and management. Jim has championed many ideas emanating from his illustrious family heritage especially that of his father, mother and uncles: Vincent (inventor of cloud seeding), Lois, Paul, Carl Schaefer’s ideas: The Long Path of New York, Ancient Windows of the Earth, Schaefer homes and masonry, the 1930s Snow Trains, First Ski Patrol, regional Prehistory, early history of the “Forever Wild” environmental activism in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Jim is Rotterdam Town Historian

Sept 20: Dan Forbush – Spatial Storytelling in Western Warren County

Since February 2022, a team of historians, students from Skidmore College and SUNY Plattsburgh, and editors have partnered with the Warren County Department of Planning and Community Development in publishing stories that support heritage tourism in western Warren County. Early in 2023, the “First Wilderness Story Collaboration” — which publishes its work at — started moving into “spatial” media. These include interactive web maps that support “point-and-click” storytelling and audio tours in which GPS markers trigger stories on your phone. Warren County GIS Administrator Sara Frankenfeld and Cliff & Redfield Interactive Founder and Editor Dan Forbush will brief WCHS members on progress to date and describe the future they see for spatial media.

Nov 15:  Dr. Daniel Way, author – Seneca Ray Stoddard

During his 37-year career as a Family Physician, Dr Way wrote three books between 2004 and 2016 chronicling his Adirondack medical career and the many patients he came to know: All in a Day’s Work: Scenes and Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice; Never a Dull Moment, and We Were There: World War II Stories from the Adirondacks’ Greatest Generation. Each book includes many richly illustrated patient vignettes that venerate the doctor-patient relationship while describing the joys and frustrations of practicing rural primary care in Upstate New York’s Adirondack Park.

Since retiring, he has completed work on his most recent book, Seneca Ray Stoddard; An Intimate Look at an Adirondack Legend. It includes almost 300 illustrations and covers new ground that celebrates many facets of the legendary Victorian-era photographer/environmentalist/author/traveler/surveyor/lecturer/publisher, including many that have never been published before. You can learn more about his writing and photography on his website at and on Facebook.

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