A Program of Songs and Stories of Remarkable Adirondack Women
Sandra Weber and Peggy Lynn believe there needs to be a female role added to the record of Adirondack history. There were women in this mountainous region from the early 1800’s. They came from many places, backgrounds and social or economic strata.
Little more than a mention is made in most regional history texts, but women made significant contributions to Adirondack communities and their heritage. Sandra and Peggy have written a book to start balancing the scales. It is called Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks. It tells the stories of women from across time, across the Park, and with widely varied interests and achievements.In conjunction with the book, Sandra and Peggy have developed a program of songs and stories which is titled “Mountain Women Can Be Heroes.” They bring to this program their extensive lecturing and performing experience along with their infectious enthusiasm for this material and the new songs and stories they have written. They hope the writing and telling of these women’s stories will be passed down to succeeding generations, starting with their own daughters.Here are some examples of women whose comical, amazing, or poignant experiences we celebrate:
Mother Johnson - famous among travelers for her hospitality and huge, mouthwatering stacks of pancakes.
Lydia Martin-Smith - the behind-the-scenes business person who helped her husband build a hospitality empire.
Martha Reben - the author who came to the Adirondacks to be treated for tuberculosis and was cured by the fresh air of the wilderness.