Adirondack Experience museum acquires anti-APA sign

The Adirondack Experience museum is acquiring this sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of Ted Galusha’s house in Warrensburg. (Photo provided by the Adirondack Experience)

This morning, the Adirondack Experience planned to remove a large sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of a house in Warrensburg to add it to the museum’s permanent collection in Blue Mountain Lake.

Since 2005, the sign had adorned the side of Ted Galusha house to protest what he sees as the agency’s overreach. This landmark, familiar to southbound travelers on U.S. Route 9, is about 9-and-a-half feet square and shows the acronym “APA” crossed out with a red line through a red circle. Below that it says “,” the web address for the Property Rights Foundation of America, an Adirondack advocacy group based in Stony Creek, 19 miles west of Warrensburg.

The Adirondack Experience, formerly called the Adirondack Museum, is collecting the sign as an artifact. The institution is working with Doug Bencze, a rigger from Tupper Lake, to remove the sign this morning and bring it to the museum, where it will be cleaned and repaired before it is mounted in the new “Life in the Adirondacks” exhibit.

Adirondack Experience curator Laura Rice said the sign will be erected in the last part of the exhibit, called “Our Adirondack Park,” which reflects some of the diverse opinions and voices about what the Park is and should be. It will be put on a wall that’s covered with past newspaper headlines covering land-use debates in this Park where nearly half of the 6 million acres are state-owned, and the APA regulates the private land as well. Rice said she hopes the sign will get visitors thinking and talking.

“We’re collecting it because it really reflects one part of that conversation,” Rice said.

It’s not the only artifact from that side. Rice said there will also be a “Shame on the Sierra Club” sign from Tupper Lake, criticizing the environmental group’s 2012 lawsuit against the Adirondack Club and Resort planned for that community, plus signs saying “No trespassing” and protesting the closure of the Camp Gabriels prison.

Rice said the exhibit also has multiple video monitors showing prominent Adirondack voices ranging from environmentalist Peter Bauer to local government advocate Fred Monroe “talking about what this place is and their vision for the future.”

As visitors leave the exhibit, they’ll pass large touch screens showing leaves floating on a stream. Each leaf’s image contains a visitor’s message of what he or she wants the Adirondacks to be. Museum goers can use a computer tablet to add their own message to a leaf that will join the stream.