We're spending this #MuseumMonday inventorying a recently donated group of materials, so we thought we'd share a peek at it! The Crystal Spring House came up a number of times when we shared last week's photo of the Waverly House, so we thought it was an interesting coincidence to see this photo among the newly donated items. We have seen a different version of this photo that shows the "Crystal Spring House" sign above the porch (see the wiki). We're not sure who the "Dr. Baldwin" is listed on the mounting, but the Crystal Spring House was owned by Madison Baldwin. The Crystal Spring House burned down in 1895.
Learn more about the Crystal Spring House on our wiki.
Stay tuned for more on this very important collections donation!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR# 680]
We enjoyed this "myth-busting" post about digitization of archival collections from Florida State University Libraries Special Collections! Read to learn more about why everything isn't available online, and the work and costs associated with digitizing historic materials.
EDIT: WOW! Thanks to everyone who chimed in with ideas - with your help, we have identified it as the Waverly Inn, later owned by the Pelky Family. We've also found out some more information on the individuals labeled in the photo! We have a bit about the history of the property on our wiki, but if you have any memories or photographs you'd like to share with us, please let us know! Thanks to everyone for their help!
We need your help! This photograph was recently donated to us by Carol Brown. She thinks that the image shows a building in Bloomingdale, possibly a hotel. The mark on the back of the photograph mount is from Seth Wardner, photographer and jeweler, Bloomingdale, NY.
Do you recognize this building, or any of the names listed under the photograph? Let us know!
We believe that the caption reads: [?] Sheriff, Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin, Mrs. Winston, Mr. & Mrs. [?]wood, & Leonard Campbell, [?], Mr. & Mrs. R[?], Mr. & Mrs. Stokes, Mr. & Mrs. Vinton.
A group having a late-winter picnic at "camp" in the woods. It is part of a collection of photographs from Fletcher M. Durbin's time in Saranac Lake while receiving treatment for tuberculosis in the 1910s. Durbin can be seen standing at the center back in the photograph in the vest and flat hat. Durbin's photographs show many snowshoeing treks with friends, along with cure cottages and local sporting events.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, ACC2020.002. Courtesy of John Durbin.]
We loved reading this story shared by Dan Bolles and Seven Days highlighting the romance between two TB patients at Trudeau Sanatorium. The personal stories that came out of the TB cure are a vital part of our history, and we love to see how letters, photographs, and more help tell these stories. Thanks for sharing!
Do you have a photograph, letter, or object that helps tell a story? Tell us about it!
The Lake Placid History Museum is hosting a great lecture online next week, on Murray's Fools with Ivy Gocker of the Adirondack Experience. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00PM. Sign up via their Facebook page!
This Tuberculosis Thursday, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month! John Theodore Dalton came to Saranac Lake to take the cure in 1923. While at Trudeau Sanatorium, he wrote poems, music, and plays, and after his death, a number of his poems were saved and published. Here’s one of his poems from “The Land of Dreams and other poems” that feels fitting for today’s spring weather. The second poem shows his interest in the works of Adelaide Crapsey, as well as his sense of humor. Happy National Poetry Month!
Learn more about John T. Dalton on our wiki!
Patients resting in the fresh air on the veranda at Ray Brook, c. 1944. This photograph came from a recently donated album belonging to Teresa Dare, who came to take the cure from the Utica area. The New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis, which was commonly known as Ray Brook, opened in 1904 and was the first New York State-operated tuberculosis sanatorium. It stayed open until 1971, much later than the rest of the sanatoria in the area.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 679. Courtesy of Donna Hartless.]
INVITATION TO BID
THE TRUDEAU BUILDING
118 Main Street
Sealed bids will be received by Historic Saranac Lake, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 Attn: Amy Catania until April 30 at 1:00 PM.
One contract available to bid by qualified contractors: Exterior Restoration: Historic Portico and Porches, Replace Siding, Masonry Repairs, and other elements.
An electronic copy of documents may be obtained by calling Historic Saranac Lake (518) 891-4606 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents may be examined at no charge by appointment at Historic Saranac Lake.
A pre-bid meeting will be held in-person and by Zoom, on April 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Prospective bidders are required to attend or otherwise visit the site. To register for a link to attend the pre-bid meeting online, click here or contact Historic Saranac Lake. Additional arrangements to visit the site can also be made by contacting Historic Saranac Lake.
Historic Saranac Lake is an equal opportunity organization. All persons and qualified Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) will be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference or Veteran status.
Please share this email with anyone you know who may be interested in a bid for this project!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The Adirondack Explorer is sharing a nine-part series on the campaign to create the APA. Check out the first section, "Regulators and Rebels," on their website.
Stay tuned for more coverage and events, including one hosted by HSL!
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