On the twelfth day of Saranac Lake-mas, your museum gave to you... the uniform of the Saranac Lake Pioneers Drum and Bugle Corps! This handsome fringed jacket comes with a matching pair of fringed trousers. In 1959, a letter to the editor of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise thanked the community for their support to purchase these uniforms. They would have been worn with a tan felt cap, too!
To learn more about the Drum and Bugle Corps, visit our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Saranac_Lake_Pioneers_Drum_and_Bugle_Corps
Does anyone have any photographs of the Corps? We've love to see this uniform in action!
Thanks to everyone for following along on our Twelve Days of Saranac Lake-mas! We've had a ton of fun sharing these snippets from our history with you. Be sure to follow along all year round to learn more about Saranac Lake history and the goings-on here at the museum!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR # 205, courtesy of Kurt Kamps.]
On the tenth day of Saranac Lake-mas, your museum gave to you... Ed Lamy a-leaping! Lamy was an international speed-skating champion and record-breaking barrel jumper (and all around star athlete!). In 1912, he set a world record by jumping 14 barrels, or 27 feet 8 inches! Amazingly, all of his records still stood unbeaten at the time of his death in 1962.
To learn more about Ed Lamy's career (on and off the ice), visit our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Ed_Lamy
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of Dick Jarvis.]
Bonus fun fact--Ed Lamy was signed by the Cleveland Indians and played with their farm team in 1911, but a broken collarbone prevented him from moving up to the major leagues!
On the ninth day of Saranac Lake-mas, your museum gave to you... majorettes dancing! These ladies appeared in the 1972 Winter Carnival Parade along with floats featuring Winnie the Pooh, nurses, and Smokey the Bear.
To learn more about Winter Carnival throughout the years, visit our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Winter_Carnival
Fun fact--the special guest at the 1972 Winter Carnival was Gordon MacRae, who appeared in the film versions of Oklahoma! and Carousel, among others!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of Denise Richardson.]
On the seventh day of Saranac Lake-mas, your museum gave to you... kids a-swimming on Lake Flower! The lake was formed in 1827 when Pliny Miller built the first dam across the Saranac River to power a sawmill.
To learn more about the history of Lake Flower, including the origin of its name, visit our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Lake_Flower
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of Peter MacIntyre.]
On the sixth day of Saranac Lake-mas, your museum gave to you... tuberculosis patients a-laying in the fresh air! TB patients like these women at Ray Brook Sanatorium would spend their days on porches resting and taking in the fresh air.
To learn more about the process of “curing,” visit our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Curing
We’re halfway there - what will you learn in the next six days of Saranac Lake-mas?
[Patients at Ray Brook, c. 1928. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 124, courtesy of Ben Fruhlinger.]
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