In the tradition of social-activist photography, The Way to Wanakena explores the concept of community, inviting viewers to form their own definitions of community and to imagine ways to deepen a collective capacity to work together for Wanakena’s future. Can images and text depicting "the other" improve dialogue, strengthen commitment to the health and stability of a distinctive Adirondack hamlet, and augment participation in key decisions going forward?

Kristin's Remarks, Exhibit Opening, 9/1/12

The Way to Wanakena is the 2012 photodocumentary thesis project of Wanakena seasonal resident Kristin Rehder, who completed this work for her graduate degree from Skidmore College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. The exhibit comprises twenty-four color portraits of year-round and seasonal Wanakenans. All participants agreed to be represented in their own words in addition to their photographs. Viewer comments are critical to this exploration of community (see below). Rehder is currently working on a new study on community with refugees who are restarting their lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Questionnaire Responses
Testimonials on Rehder's Work


At the Ranger School, Wanakena,
New York, September 1 – 30, 2012

At the Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College,
Saratoga Springs, New York
October 6 – 28, 2012

At the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
Franklin & Marshall College
March 18 – May 17, 2013
Reception and conversation with the artist
and Susan Dicklitch, Professor of Government
Thursday, April 4, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The Way to Wanakena exhibits have been made possible through the generous cooperation of the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Skidmore's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (especially the Helene and Frank Crohn Scholarship), the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. Special thanks to all the citizens of Wanakena, New York, who have enthusiastically supported this project.