Tuxedo was home to the first marked nature trails

Historical Society hosts program about the trail on March 27


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  • Photo courtesy of the Tuxedo Historical Society This 1925 photograph from the collection of Dr. Frank E. Lutz, the curator of entomology at the A,erican Museum of Natural History, was instramental in creating the first marked natural trails at the "museum camp" at the western entrance to Harriman State Park on what is now the intersection of Routes 17 and 17A.



TUXEDO PARK — Between 1925 and 1928 the American Museum of Natural History and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission operated a "museum camp" at the western entrance to Harriman State Park on what is now the intersection of Routes 17 and 17A.

Dr. Frank E. Lutz, the curator of entomology at the museum and director of this station, believed that wildlife should be studied where it lived and so established the first marked nature trail in the nation at the site.

The philosophy behind the construction of the trail and its labels was: "A friend somewhat versed in natural history is taking a walk with you and calling your attention to interesting things."

On Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Tuxedo Historical Society will host a program about the trail presented by Sue Scher.

Twelve years ago, Scher, a resident of the hamlet of Tuxedo, had the opportunity to get to know Harriman State Park and its group camps.

As a former camper, counselor and camp administrator she was able to recognize how important these camps have been and still are for children of New York and New Jersey.

As a former social worker and social work educator she found interesting social welfare history in the camps as well.

Now, as professor emeritus she is able to continue researching the 100-year history of the Harriman camps.

The March 27 presentation will be enhanced by many historic images.

The program is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Seating is limited.

For further information contact the Tuxedo Historical Society at 845-351-2926 or tuxedohistory@gmail.com.

The historical society is located at 7 Hospital Road in Tuxedo Park.


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