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2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This program by Steven Engelhart is a general introduction
to understanding the importance of preserving our nation's built environment.
Using illustrations from all over the eastern seaboard and from the Adirondack region,
it explores the many reasons that individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments are increasingly involved in promoting
historic preservation, because preserving architecture adds beauty to our lives, connect us to our past, fosters community and national identity,
contributes to community revitalization, helps to conserve energy, and is part of how we manage change and growth in an increasingly chaotic world.
In April 2017 John Schneider took an 18-day trip to India and Bhutan. India is the world’s second most populous country with 1.3 billion people.
Bhutan is a small kingdom with 780,000 people. After a long nonstop flight to New Delhi, India, John took one day to acclimate.
The following day his group boarded a train before 6:00 am for a 140-mile ride to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and three other sites in the area.
They experienced interesting traffic conditions in both New Delhi and Agra.
The group then flew north to Sikkim, once an independent kingdom, but since 1975 a small Indian state bordered by Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.
There they went on a 5-day trekking trip with views of the Himalayas, especially Mount Kanchejunga, highest peak in India and third highest in
the world at 28,169 feet. They stayed at mountain “lodges” and passed through forests with many different types of rhododendrons and saw the
famous Himalayan yaks. In addition to trekking in Sikkim, the group traveled along valleys so steep the front of a home at street level was
three stories above ground at the rear of the house only 10-15 feet back from the street. They also visited monasteries, a Tibetan refugee center,
art centers, and stopped at tea plantations to sample world-famous Darjeeling teas.
Then a flight to Bhutan, whose main airport approach is so unusual and difficult that only about 24 commercial pilots are certified to land there.
Bhutan is a very modestly populated country with modest traffic and virtually no traffic lights or stop signs in the capital city of Thimphu of 104,000 people.
Bhutan is a Buddhist nation that pioneered the concept of “gross national happiness.” The group visited a number of its 500-year old former forts, which contained
both religious and governmental units. The group visited cultural and religious sites, museums, and one of the world’s largest statues of a seated Buddha, at 169
feet tall. A highlight of the trip in Bhutan was a hike to the Tiger’s Nest, a Buddhist monastery literally built on the side of a very high cliff. Come enjoy
pictures of the New Delhi traffic, cows in the middle of such traffic, the most awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, unusual architectural features, Asian toilets, the
hiking trek, monasteries and cultural places, the unique architecture of Bhutan, the large Buddha statue, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and of course views
of the Himalayan Mountains.