BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The board of trustees of the Adirondack Museum recently announced the selection of John and Margot Ernst as the recipients of the 2012 Harold K. Hochschild Award.
The Adirondack Museum will formally present the Ernsts with the award at the annual Gala Benefit on July 28.
The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum's founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, their people and environment inspired the creation of the Adirondack Museum. Since 1990 the museum has presented the award to a wide range of intellectual and community leaders throughout the Adirondack Park, highlighting their contributions to the region's culture and quality of life.
John and Margot Ernst
John and Margot Ernst split their time between New York City and Elk Lake Lodge, a family-owned resort near North Hudson, located in the 12,000-acre Elk Lake-Clear Pond private preserve which National Geographic called "the jewel of the Adirondacks." John and Margot are involved in public service through their work with nonprofit organizations in New York State and the North Country.
Margot was co-chairman of the committee to establish an endowment for the newly created News Bureau at North Country Public Radio. She is on the board of directors of the New York State Audubon Society and secretary of the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. She is a member of the Rachel Carson Awards Council, which selects awardees and promotes education and information on the environment. Margot is co-chairman, with John, of the board of directors of the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum and is a retired curator and Associate Director of the Japan Society Gallery.
In the early 1960s John's grandfather donated the first conservation easement in New York state on the land surrounding their property on Elk Lake, preserving public access on trails to the Dixe Mountains and Panther Gorge and on to Mount Marcy.
John was treasurer of the New York League of Conservation Voters, is past president of the Adirondack Landowners Association and treasurer of the board directors of the Adirondack Community Trust. John is a former chair and current director of the Adirondack Council. He is on the Executive Council of North Country Radio, is a board member of the Adirondack Center for Writing, of the Open Space Institute and Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation. John is also a board member of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.