The Lake Placid Institute will present, “Have You Seen That Vigilante Man?”, a talk by writer and social historian Amy Godine. The presentation will take place on Sunday, November 22, at 3:00 p.m., at 511 Gallery on Main Street in Lake Placid.
Night riders, lynch mobs and vigilante justice…- The darker side of American mob justice was not confined to the Deep South and the Far West. The history of the Adirondacks is ablaze with incidents of so-called “frontier justice,” from mob attacks on radical Abolitionists to “townie” raids on striking immigrant laborers to anti-Catholic gatherings of the Ku Klux Klan. Amy Godine’s anecdotal history of Adirondack vigilantism explores a regional legacy with deep, enduring, toxic roots.
Readers of Adirondack Life magazine are well acquainted with Amy Godine’s work on social and ethnic history in the Adirondack region. Whether delving into the stories of Spanish road workers, Italian miners, black homesteaders, Jewish peddlers or Chinese immigrants, Godine celebrates the “under-stories” of so-called “non-elites,” groups whose contributions to Adirondack history are conventionally ignored.
Exhibitions she has curated on vanished Adirondack ethnic enclaves have appeared at the Chapman Historical Museum, the Saratoga History Museum, the Adirondack Museum and the New York State Museum. The recently published 3rd edition of The Adirondack Reader, the anthology Rooted in Rock, and The Adirondack Book, feature her essays- with Elizabeth Folwell, she co-authored Adirondack Odysseys. A former Yaddo, MacDowell, and Hackman Research Fellow, she is also an inaugural Fellow of the New York Academy of History.
For further information, call the Lake Placid Institute at 518-523-1312, or email at [email protected] .
Photo: A newspaper clipping from the August 24, 1923 Lake PLacid News.