a young man of 19 Charles Lawrence Dickert
rode the stagecoach from
as “the youngest
more than a fair sized clearing in the wilderness.” Close to a
hundred years later, the work of this taxidermist survives, and defines
the history of the
or Charlie came to Saranac Lake in 1886 and apprenticed with H.H.
Miner, an able area taxidermist. In 1904 Charlie started his own
Entering the showroom of Mr. Dickert’s
shop was like walking into a sportsman’s paradise. The green
burlap walls were covered with the heads and hides of every species of
bird, animal and fish known to the
streams and exotic beasts and birds from distant lands. In 1932
Charlie estimated that he had already mounted more than 5000 deer heads.
Dickert also was a member of the village
board of trustees and served as its president in 1921. He was a
member of the board of education during that time.
died at home in Saranac
, age 75, on
July 13, 1942.
a longtime friend of Mr. Dickert’s presented
135 specimens of Charles Dickert’s
taxidermy to the
Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported that ”Short of going to the
Museum of Natural History in New York or visiting one of the famous
private Adirondack “camps” it was previously impossible to see the
mounted animals prepared by Charles Dickert
of Saranac Lake.”
The collection was called “doubtless
the finest collection of
gathered in one place”
1968 the collection moved to its permanent home, in a new wing of the
donated by Mr. Guggenheim. By this time, the collection had grown
to 250 specimens, about two-thirds donated by Mr. Guggenheim and the
rest donated by Dickert’s daughters, Mrs.
Willard Green and Mrs. William Koernig.
marked a new page in the history of the collection.
The Green family and the
agreed to redisplay the collection, and the museum was closed for
the museum was
finally reopened to the public, with the collection securely behind
glass and in an environmentally controlled room.
Additionally, the collection is available to visitors at any time
the library is open.
Charles Dickert Wildlife Collection has
attracted visitors from both the
It is a link to the history of the
, and to the
to the museum is free. We hope you enjoy the collection.
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