Self Guided Walking Tour of Glens Falls

Discover our community’s history at your leisure on your own.

Below is a link to the Warren County NY History and Culture Mapper. Here you will find an online historic walking tour starting from the Chapman Museum, as well as national register sites, cemeteries, and more within Warren County.

Walking Tour

Talk: The Adirondacks in 8,000 B.C.

Now available on YouTube

Speaker: Maureen Folk

Originally presented June 9th at the Chapman Museum

Lake George is well known for its historical significance during the French and Indian war, but Native Americans were using this land for centuries before Europeans even arrived. Several sites have been found in this region that show evidence of nomadic hunters and gatherers traversing the wilderness approximately 10,000 years ago and continuing to use those paths until colonization. Maureen Folk, discusses the Million Dollar Beach site in Lake George, NY and what the artifacts can tell us about life in the past when stone tools were integral to the success and survival of people.


A virtual version of the program is now available on the Chapman Museum YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Talk: The Archaeology of Wiawaka

Speaker: Maureen Folk
Outside at Wiawaka

Chapman Outreach & Program Coordinator, Maureen Folk will talk about the archaeological investigations at the Wiawaka Center for Women. In 2010, a small porcelain room number was found in the garden bed by a volunteer. Thus began the multi-year endeavor to understand the many things that have happened on this property as it transformed from an American hotel to the women’s retreat that we know today.

Maureen Folk, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Archaeological Studies with a minor in Museum Studies from SUNY Potsdam, and her Master’s in Anthropology from Binghamton University. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Lake George, Potsdam, on the Great Sacandaga Lake, and as far as Peru in South America.

Cost: $15/person. Reservations required.  Please call 518-668-9690 to make a reservation or go to Wiawaka Lecture Series, scroll down to the program and click to register online.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Talk: Urban Renewal Revisited

On Zoom

Chapman Director, Tim Weidner, will look back at the legacy of Urban Renewal on the City of Glens Falls.  Using historic photos and newspaper clippings from the 1960s and 70s, he will detail the projects that dramatically changed the city’s landscape.

Zoom link to be posted here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Talk: The Sunken Vessels of Lake George

Speaker: Maureen Folk

Outside at the Chapman

Description: The Radeau vessel, a sunken vessel on Lake George, represents one of the most important finds in underwater archaeology in the United States.  It set the precedent for underwater excavations moving forward. Maureen will use examples to discuss the issues of discovery and preservation in underwater archaeology today.

Reservations Required.  Call Maureen at (518) 793-2826 or email [email protected]