Through Beechwood Books and Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, Erik Schlimmer is available to present any of these four one-hour-long programs.


"True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains and the Trans Adirondack Route"
Erik’s 100 best images from his exploration of this range during all four seasons are shared among a discussion of adventure, history, and ecology.

"Adirondack Place Names: Why is That Thing Called That?"
100 place names are historically decoded in rousing detail via years of place name research. As Erik likes to say, "Behind every name there's a story, and the story's usually pretty good."

"Cradle of the Union: Albany History Uncovered"
The City of Albany has 800 streets, and thus as many street names. In this program, Erik takes audiences on a virtual tour of street names, weaving among war heroes, criminals, founding fathers, and Dutch settlers.

"My Adirondacks"
A selection of readings from My Adirondacks: Ten Stories from Twenty Years, voted Best Memoir by the Adirondack Center for Writing.


During a fourteen-venue tour, 100% of hosts reported they were completely satisfied with our programming. During this same tour, 200 audience members were anonymously asked, "Would you attend another presentation by Erik?" 99% answered "yes," 1% answered "probably," and 0% answered "no."


Erik possesses a bachelors degree in Speech Communication with a concentration in Public Speaking and a masters degree in Clinical Social Work, and he's been honored with writing, teaching, and speaking awards. He has spoken at more than sixty venues, a few hosts being Empire State College, Paul Smith's College, the New York State Library, Plattsburgh State University, Green Mountain College, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Mystic Seaport Museum.


Small venues such as rural libraries and historical societies within 100 miles of Albany, New York, are asked to meet a $200 fee. Large venues such as metropolitan libraries, social clubs, and historical societies, as well as universities, within this range are asked to meet a $600 fee. To present, all we need is a large display table, in-house AV projector and screen, and Internet access. We'll take care of the rest. To inquire about hosting our programming, visit our Contact page.

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