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SUNY Research Foundation, College at Cortland (Cortland, NY 13045-0900)
Kevin B. Sheets (Project Director: February 2015 to present)
Randi Jill Storch (Co Project Director: July 2015 to present)

Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two school teachers using the Adirondacks to explore the interconnections of urban and wilderness environments in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America.

Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is a collaborative effort providing an unparalleled opportunity for teachers to investigate the late 19th century and early 20th century period from the unique perspective of the wilderness. Based at Camp Huntington, the first Adirondack Great Camp built in the 1870s, Forever Wild engages participants in a dialogue focused on the workshop's central question: what did wilderness mean to Americans during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era? The many answers provide teachers with the multidimensional view of the period that will enrich their students' understanding of this decisive era. The project's goal is to enable teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the interconnection between the histories of the urban and the wild while furthering teachers' instructional skills.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Landmarks of American History

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$179,900 (approved)
$178,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 3/31/2017