CURE PORCH ON WHEELS PROJECT
A diverse group of community members is coming together to participate in this project to bring history and arts to all corners of Saranac Lake. This project is in modeled upon a successful project to create a traveling porch in 2010 by artist Bryony Graham at Salem Art Works. In 2017, Historic Saranac Lake was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant to support the architectural design of the porch.
The Cure Porch on Wheels, symbolic of the many porches that tuberculosis patients cured on while in Saranac Lake, will provide Historic Saranac Lake with the opportunity to bring our exciting work into the community, through oral history presentations and interviews, pop up museum exhibits, architectural preservation workshops, and more. Contact us to get involved!
We're planning oral history interview sessions and related special events around topics that are fun and relevant to community identity. That means taking the porch to places like Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center, village parks, and local events such as HoboFest to engage with the people who make this village so diverse and interesting. The Cure Porch on Wheels will make trips to local schools to share interactive programming on local history with the region's children.
Local artists and craftspeople will make use of the space as a special mobile studio, gallery and art show booth. In addition, we are entering into unique partnerships with a variety of local organizations so that the Cure Porch on Wheels may be used by others for dynamic community outreach activities, writing workshops, radio broadcasts, public art shows, cultural tourism events, and beyond.
In anticipation of the exciting opportunities that the Cure Porch on Wheels will provide for mobile exhibits, oral history presentations and interviews, Historic Saranac Lake is planning a series of pop-up museum exhibits for 2017. These temporary exhibits will feature a combination of archival materials from our collections, as well as interactive oral history activities, the type of activities we anticipate conducting in the Cure Porch on Wheels in the future.
Winter Carnival Pop-Up Exhibit
Held on Saturday, February 5, this pop-up exhibit celebrated the history of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. On display were a number of archival images of ice palaces and activities such as the children's parade, early postcards, and newspaper articles. We also displayed a variety of buttons from carnivals past, as well as a trophy. Visitors made their own winter carnival buttons, and shared what winter carnival means to them on cards for display at the museum.