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Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy
July 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmMembers Only. Join Today!
Jeanne Robert Foster, born in 1879 in Johnsburg, NY, left a rich legacy of prose and poetry to recreate the world of the 19th century Adirondacks. A weaving of stories, songs, and readings celebrate her and her love for the outdoors. Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren bring Jeanne’s neighbors of yesterday back to life, giving voice to the people and places that might otherwise be forgotten. Be prepared for an entertaining journey back in time, with twists and turns to enjoy.
Jeanne Robert Foster (née Julia Elizabeth Oliver) a native of the southern Adirondacks, was the oldest of four children of a lumberjack and a school teacher, Frank and Lizzie Oliver. She gleaned all she could from her teachers in the three mountain counties she called home. She traveled the world, but she told “those who will carry me when my eyes close for the final time, to fold me tenderly in some wild mountain valley where the wind will sing through the pines-a requiem over me.” By the end of her life, she had been a famous beauty, a poet, a journalist and a social reformer. Much later in life she recalled, “I left the mountains in body, but never in spirit.”