Image of the week: a group of patients bird watching at Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium (later Trudeau Sanatorium), c. 1915. Patients sometimes took part in light excursions around the campus, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more. This photograph is part of a collection of glass plate negatives depicting patient life and facilities around the San. How are you planning to explore outdoors this fall?
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 284. Courtesy of Trudeau Institute.]
We want you to be a part of Historic Saranac Lake and the Saranac Laboratory Museum! On Saturday September 18th, the museum will host a Community Day and offer free admission to the Saranac Laboratory during open hours, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We invite you to explore the exhibits, check out the Cure Porch on Wheels and participate in a family activity. Stop by to share your thoughts about our future museum expansion into the Trudeau Building! We want to hear from you!
The 90-Milers are heading out on their trek today, so we thought we'd share some menu inspiration for the trip! This menu plan, complete with delightful illustrations, was made by Phil Wolff for his own 90-Miler trip as a young man. Hot biscuits with honey sound pretty good to us!
This menu and map (not pictured) are part of a recent donation, and we look forward to sharing more of the Wolff family history! To learn more about Phil Wolff, visit our wiki.
Have fun out there, paddlers, and we'll see you at the finish!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 711. Courtesy of Holly and David Wolff.]
Friday, September 17, 6:00PM -- Historic Saranac Lake Archivist/Curator Chessie Monks-Kelly will talk about the history of occupational therapy in Saranac Lake and its use with tuberculosis patients. Monks-Kelly will highlight some of the artists and craftspeople featured in the exhibit and talk about the public response to the exhibit. This presentation will take place in person in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, and masks are required for attendees. This presentation will be recorded and shared online at a later date.
Note: the Art of the Cure exhibit will close in November 2021. Catch it while you can!
[Photograph: Martin Koop (center) and other patients making jewelry in the workshop. Historic Saranac Lake Collection.]
Image of the week: Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau at work in the Saranac Laboratory, c. 1895. According to Marguerite Armstrong, Superintendent of the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium and friend of Dr. Trudeau, this is the "best picture ever taken" of him. Visitors to the Saranac Laboratory Museum can see Dr. Trudeau's office as part of their visit!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 682. Courtesy of Trudeau Institute.]
A gathering in the main room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, sometime in the early 1910s. The photograph includes some big names in the local community, including Mary Baldwin, Adah J. Hallock, Ernest H. Baldwin, Alice M. Vosburgh, Margaret Duryee, and others. The purpose of this meeting is unknown, but the photograph was taken in the very early days of the Saranac Lake Free Library. The single-room library building was built in 1910 on a parcel donated by George V. W. Duryee, husband of Margaret Duryee. The original building had room for 5,000 volumes; today, the circulating collection has more than 82,000 volumes! Stop by the Saranac Lake Free Library and see what features of this room you can spot today!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 708. Courtesy of Barbara Baldwin Knapp.]
This week's Tuberculosis Thursday is a special one. Yesterday we were honored to spend the morning with Betty Gaffney talking about her time as a patient at Trudeau Sanatorium in 1947-1949. Betty came to Saranac Lake after she contracted tuberculosis at the end of her nurse's training at Bellevue. We sat down to record an oral history with Betty and her sister Pauline, and we really enjoyed hearing about their memories of that time.
Betty graciously donated some photographs to our collection, and said she had nothing but good feelings about her time here. We also took a ride over to Trudeau Sanatorium so Betty could tour the campus for the first time in more than 72 years! We had a great morning with Betty and her family, and we can't wait to share more. Thanks for visiting us and sharing your story!
[Images: Betty Kelly [Gaffney] about age 21 on the steps of Baker Memorial Chapel, c. 1947. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 712. Courtesy of Betty Gaffney. Betty Gaffney at age 95 in front of Baker Chapel, August 25, 2021]
This article is from February, but we enjoyed reading about the history of fresh air as a disease-fighting tool. We know all about fresh air up here, and it's interesting to read about how it influenced architecture!
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