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Winter View of Sagamore Roofs by Garet D. Livermore  


PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 
AJ Yost and someone who may be his mother, Sarah Yost, c1942

Historic Photographs of Sagamore Return to Camp

Sagamore's history continues to reveal itself as more primary source material comes to light. This winter Sagamore received a gift of papers from Howard Kirschenbaum, one of the founders of the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks. There, nestled among Howie's business correspondence and program descriptions was a manila envelope with the notation, "A.J. Yost, Old Forge, 1940-42" containing about 60 photographs of Sagamore and the surrounding area. The photographs are currently being researched by Sagamore Historian, Robert Engel. Initial research in the photos shows views of daily life at camp, other staff members some members of the Vanderbilt family and a 1941 trip to Margaret Emerson's home in South Carolina, Arcadia Plantation.

A.J. Yost was the son of Sarah Yost who appears to have been either a housekeeper or cook at Sagamore. They originally lived on Long Island but settled in the Old Forge area from around 1935 onwards. A.J. enlisted in the Army as a Warrant Officer in December of 1942 and served with the 824th Tank Destroyer Battalion, a unit of the 7th Army (the patch on A.J.'s shoulder is the insignia of the 7th Army). The unit was involved in heavy fighting in the European theater, notably countering the German offensive in the Ardennes Forest during the winter of 1944, better known as the Battle of the Bulge. A.J. survived the war to return home to Old Forge where he lived until he passed sometime in the early 1990s. The photographs were a gift from his family. 

Great Camp Sagamore welcomes photographs and memorabilia related to our history. If you have  anything you would like to share, please contact Robert Engel at 
The AJ Yost collection includes some new looks at familiar places and interesting photos of the people in Camp. Clockwise from top left, Sagamore vegetable gardens flowing down from site of current parking lot, the boat house with a flotilla of guide boats, Mrs. Louise (George) Vanderbilt with their daughter Lucille, "Lulu", and AJ Yost and one "Mr. Lamb", identified as a waiter on other photographs with a day's catch at the boat house. 

Concert to Benefit Great Camp Sagamore's Music Programs

Sagamore is blessed by having some of the most accomplished Adirondack traditional musicians.

Some of the most accomplished traditional musicians of the Adirondack region celebrate over 40 years of music at Sagamore; all concert proceeds will help ensure the future of Adirondack folk music at Sagamore, with special emphasis on its youth and children’s music programming. 

We will be joined by other regional museums, art gallerys and non-profits, join us for an evening of Adirondack music, history and nature! 

Doors will open at 6pm and audience members are invited and encouraged to meet the musicians and visit with representatives of other attractions.

Purchase Adirondack Folk Night Tickets

Sagamore Offers Wilderness First Aid Course 
May 31st - June 1st 

Get ready for the summer hiking season by brushing up on Wilderness First Aid at Great Camp Sagamore.  Instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates will teach this two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast who embarks on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.  Course tuition and all materials are included in registration costs. 

For an additional fee, registrants may get a CPR certification by taking additional evening courses on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.   

Great Camp Sagamore will provide food and housing for the duration of the course.  Or take the day program (June 1) for a reduced rate with no lodging.

Book Here for the Wilderness First Aid Course


As a Sagamore member you receive discounts on programs and store items ability to register for programs in advance and the knowledge that you are becoming part of this great effort to preserve a National Historic Landmark. 
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