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The firm recently created an expansive permanent core exhibit for this renowned regional museum and history center. A small institution, the ECHS wanted to achieve maximum value from an NEH development grant. Through extensive iterative workshops, we created Worked/Wild using detailed personal histories to explore the tenuous relationship between human settlement and the rugged upcountry Adirondack environment, settled since pre-Revolutionary times and long a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Key Adirondack sights like lean-tos, fire-towers, and handmade signage become interpretive surfaces for key themes, enhanced with filmed interviews of local residents and scholars.

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