"A Paradise for Boys and Girls"

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For over a century children have spent their summers at qsleepawayq camps in the Adirondacks. These camps inspired vivid memories and created an enduring legacy that has come to be a uniquely American tradition. In qA Paradise for Boys and Girlsq: Children's Camps in the Adirondacks, a complement to the Adirondack museum exhibit of the same name, the authors explore the history of Adirondack children's camps, their influence on the lives of the campers, and their impact on the communities in which they exist. Drawing on the rich documentary and pictorial evidence gathered from the histories of 331 camps located in the Adirondacks from 1886 to the present, this collection chronicles the changing attitudes about children and childhood. Historian Leslie Paris details social change in qPink Music: Continuity and Change at Early Adirondack Summer Camps.q In the title essay of the book, Hallie Bond offers a history of Adirondack camping from the establishment of Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain in 1892 to the present. Finally, historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg concludes the collection with qA Wiser and Safer Place: The Meaning of Camping During World War II.q Lavishly illustrated with historic photographs, the book includes a directory of Adirondack camps, with brief descriptive notes for each of the camps. The photographs and essays in this volume offer readers a richer understanding of this singular region and its powerful connection to childhood.My father, a 1932 graduate of Syracuse University, had courted my mother for a number of years a€” longer than she wished ... In the summers of 1938 and 1 940, he was head counselor at Camp Tioga in Lake Cuomo, Pennsylvania, a job ... and twenty-five boys, most of them from Westchester County, crossed the country from New York to California in three ... campsites as well as less orthodox locations such as football stadiums, municipal jails, Salvation Army headquarters, and aanbsp;...

Title:"A Paradise for Boys and Girls"
Author:Hallie E. Bond, Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Leslie Paris
Publisher:Syracuse University Press - 2006


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