This Museum Monday, we're sharing another story from our Annual Meeting. This one came from our Oral History Coordinator, Kayt:
"A few months ago I had the opportunity to interview Denny and Erlene Senseney. They came to Saranac Lake to see Will Rogers; Denny’s father, Sam Senseney, had taken the cure at Will Rogers Memorial Hospital. While at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, they happened to hear about the museum and came to pay us a visit. We were lucky to get to talk to them while they were here, and ended up sitting down for a last-minute oral history interview!
While curing Sam learned ceramic and leather work. When he returned home to Kansas, Sam brought these new skills with him. He got a job at a TB Sanatorium teaching patients the ceramic and leatherworking skills he learned here in Saranac Lake!"
You can hear a snippet of Denny and Erlene's interview here.
[Photograph of Sam Senseney, courtesy of Denny Senseney]
In memory of Ursula Trudeau — artist, storyteller, fashion model, world traveler, comedienne, equestrienne, Canadienne, patron of the arts, skier, kayaker, dog lover, hat collector, Saranac Laker, and friend.
Fifty years ago today, the new Saranac Lake High School opened its doors for the first time! The headline in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise that day read, "New School: Beauty, Confusion!" What are your favorite memories of school days over the last 50 years?
Learn more about the history of the new High School, as well as its previous locations, on our wiki.
And read the newspaper from 50 years ago today on New York Historic Newspapers.
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff and Board of Directors here at Historic Saranac Lake, the Saranac Laboratory Museum, and the Cure Porch on Wheels.
We're thankful for all of your support throughout the year! Our work would not be possible without the volunteers, donors, and fans who help us preserve and share area history and architecture to build a stronger community. We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
In this photograph, Dr. Edward R. Baldwin prepares to carve a turkey, probably for Thanksgiving, in the Baldwin family home on Church Street in Saranac Lake.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of Barbara Baldwin Knapp. TCR 448]
Please consider making a donation to our Annual Fund today.
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Smart Growth grant from the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation to support site plan design for our expanded museum campus in downtown Saranac Lake.
This spring we acquired the Trudeau Building at 118 Main Street for expansion of our existing museum at the adjacent Saranac Laboratory. Careful site plan design will create a seamless visitor experience by integrating the two buildings and the various exhibit spaces.
See the complete press release to learn more!
To follow our progress on this exciting project, visit our website.
[The home of Dr. E.L. Trudeau, c.1895. Courtesy of the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.]
Historic Saranac Lake's fall newsletter is here! Click here (or on the image above) to view or download the newsletter in PDF format and find out about what we've been working on this summer and what's coming up. If you do not receive printed copies of our newsletters and would like to, please send us an email with your address! Thank you for your support!
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