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A firefighter runs in full gear as fellow racers support first responders through the Heroes for History Stair Challenge 5k in historic downtown Galena.   GALENA, Ill. – The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, in partnership with Galena-area first responders and many local businesses and private donors, will hold its fourth annual Heroes for History Stair Tribute 5K, on Saturday morning, Sept. 7, in historic downtown Galena. The event commemorates the 18-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while also honoring the brave, selfless men and women first responders who protect us every day. Registration is now open at History5k.org. The Heroes for History Stair Tribute is a 5K competitive run/fun walk with Galena’s iconic Green Street staircase as the defining, and most challenging, feature. Those steps were built nearly 100 years ago and were designed to be “one of the most beautiful places in the city,” stated a Sept. 11, 1919 Galena Weekly Gazette article. At a previous year’s race, firefighters from four states climbed those stairs – a poignant reminder of the incredible bravery first responders demonstrated as they scaled the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Net proceeds from “Heroes for History” will be split between the Historical Society and Jo Daviess County-based first responder agencies. Neighbors from communities throughout the area are invited to participate – as race/fun run participants, “ghost” fundraisers or spectators. Many will want to be there simply to say “thank you.” To complete the “Heroes for History” competitive course, competitors will be doing seven laps – that’s up the Green Street steps starting at Bench Street, turning right and running along Prospect Street all the way to Hill Street, back down to Bench, and south back to the Green Street steps. Repeat six more times! Some training is advised to manage this challenging course. The fun run/walk is not timed and is just one lap… but walkers still have to scale the stairs once! Event sign-in and staging will take place at the 100 block of Green Street, between City Hall and the Old Post Office. Entrance fee is $35 for the timed competition, $30 for active first responders, $25 for fun run/walkers. Each paying participant will receive an event T-shirt and refreshments. Runners will be professionally timed and race awards will be presented to men and women – under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 and older. Participants are encouraged to secure pledges, and prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. Because this is a fundraising event, participants are asked to secure pledges of a minimum of $50. New to this year’s race: each participant will receive a unique URL once they are signed up on the registration site. This URL can be used to send invitations to join teams, invite runners and to raise funds. Any and all participants also are invited to dress up as their favorite hero. All race participants will gain free admission to the Galena Fire Department Street Dance, being held later in the evening on the Green Street Plaza and in front of City Hall. There will also be children’s games and a bounce house. The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society thanks the DeSoto House Hotel for becoming the Gold Title Sponsor of this event once again. Registration deadline is Aug. 29. Watch for more details on the Historical Society website, www.galenahistory.org. Go to History5k.org to register.
BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, NY… Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) is celebrating its 61st season with the new interactive exhibition exploring the spirit, history, culture, and people of the Adirondack region. Life in the Adirondacks is the largest permanent exhibition on ADKX’s stunning 121-acre campus. The immersive installation combines authentic objects from ADKX’s collections—including guide boats, vintage railway cars, and a aturalist’s cabin—and interpretative materials with leading-edge digital technologies and hands-on activities. ADKX is located in Adirondack Park, the largest protected natural area in the contiguous 48 states, comprising six million acres (one fifth of New York State) of forested mountains, pristine waterways, and 105 towns and villages. The new 19,000-square-foot installation, featuring over 300 artifacts, was five years in the making with the help of experts in museum design. The rich history of the Adirondacks is revealed through the stories of people who were drawn to the region, how it shaped those who came, and how it was shaped by them. Voices from indigenous Abenaki and Mohawk communities are a key part of the narrative. The installation also explores the natural splendor of the area, conservation efforts, recreational opportunities, and regional industries. “Life in the Adirondacks” continues ADKX’s proud tradition of our cutting-edge visitor engagement program established by the museum’s founder, Harold K. Hochschild, six decades ago,” said ADKX Executive Director David M. Kahn. “Just as we embraced modern devices available in the 1950s, the new installation provides visitors of all ages with the latest technologies and tools to enjoy a fully immersive, multi-faceted experience of the Adirondacks. Visitors may continue their indoor/outdoor journey ofdiscovery at our other thematic exhibitions, on nature walks, and by participating in our diversity of programs.” Life in the Adirondacks begins with a video in the Wilderness Stories Theater, introducing visitors to the beauty of Adirondack Park and themes explored throughout the installation. “Call of the Wilderness” presents the wide variety of individuals, past and present, who came to the Adirondacks including Verplanck Colvin, who oversaw the first reliable survey of the region in the 19th century; Theodore Roosevelt, who learned he’d become the 26th President while vacationing in the Park in 1901; conservationist and outdoorsman Clarence Petty; and American artist Frank Owen. Canoes, stage coaches, a train car, a station wagon, and snow mobile are on display and visitors may tour a private railroad station and Pullman car, with audio soundscapes, that once transported millionaires with L&N Railroad executives like August Belmont, Austin Carin, and Henry Walters. Visitors can also sit in a real guide boat, learn to row it, and virtually glide across an Adirondack lake. For the first time in the Museum’s history, the habitation of Mohawk and Abenaki people within the Adirondacks is explored. “A Peopled Wilderness” uses artifacts, video interviews, music, a language-learning station, and stories of contemporary indigenous people. This section was produced by ADKX in collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation. One of the iconic features of the Adirondacks is the Great Camps built at the turn of the 20th century for wealthy urban vacationers looking for a wilderness experience but with modern comforts. “Roughing It” features the stories of those who instead came to settle or escape urban plagues like tuberculosis. The log cabin of Anne LaBastille, an author and naturalist who championed the pioneering life for women, is on display. Using its expansive collection of artifacts related to outdoor work (including a snow roller, ice saw, and jam boat), the ADKX presents the stories of Adirondackers working in the wilderness in “Adirondack Tough.” Among the occupations examined are historic underground iron mining and today’s open-pit garnet mining. An interactive activity allows visitors to virtually break up a log jam and understand first-hand how treacherous it was to be a lumberjack in the late 19th century. Work like maple sugaring and ice harvesting are also represented. A section on the history of Adirondack Park features a giant walk-on map of the region. A multi-screened media experience gives voice to the many different perspectives of people who live, work, and visit the Adirondacks today including those employed in forest management, water quality, and protecting the natural environment. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.