This Tuberculosis Thursday, we're taking the fresh air cure (and having a little fun!). This undated--and slightly edited--photo shows the importance of bundling up when sitting out on your cure porch in the wintertime. Tuberculosis patients would sit out on cure chairs piled high with fur coats, heavy blankets, and even handmade mittens!
To learn more about the other important components of the treatment TB patients received in Saranac Lake, visit our wiki.
[Original photograph: Historic Saranac Lake collection, TCR 226]
Image of the week: This month marks the 142nd anniversary of the first service held in the St. Luke's Episcopal Church building on the corner of Church and Main Streets. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau led the fundraising drive, and then oversaw the construction process for the building that still stands today. Construction began in 1878, and the first service at the Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician was held January 12, 1879.
Learn more on our wiki.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of of Lucy Jones Berk.]
This week we are saying a fond farewell to Kayt Gochenaur, our Oral History Coordinator and Cure Porch on Wheels Extraordinaire, as she moves on to an exciting new position! Kayt will be spreading her wings and joining the world of finance, working down the street at The Campbell Group/Ameriprise Financial. Kayt has done a great job coordinating the Oral History Project and the CPOW for the past three years. She has added so much to our team here at HSL, and always approaches every project with enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, and a killer sense of style. We will miss you, Kayt!
The Cure Porch on Wheels will keep rolling on, and we look forward to sharing news about exciting programs and events to come!
Images: Kayt interviewing Airlie Lennon in the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 2018; conducting "man on the street" interviews to document the Covid-19 pandemic in Saranac Lake, 2020; introducing the completed Cure Porch on Wheels to supporters, 2019; getting hands-on after Winter Carnival, 2019; and attending design meetings in the early stages of creating the CPOW, 2018.
In honor of January being "National Hobby Month," this Tuberculosis Thursday we're sharing this photo of Helen Ratner (and friends) working on her knitting at Trudeau Sanatorium. Many of the patients took up knitting and other hobbies as a way to pass the time while curing.
Patients could also learn knitting and many, many other arts and crafts skills at the Scholfield Memorial Workshop and the Study and Craft Guild. Many patients sold their works, and some even turned their skills into lifelong careers!
Learn more about the use of hobbies and occupational therapy in the TB industry in the virtual version of our Art of the Cure exhibit.
[Photograph of Helen Ratner and friends at Trudeau Sanatorium, c.1923. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 410. Courtesy of Mary Tim Baggott.]
Happy New Year from all of us at Historic Saranac Lake! We appreciate your support in this unusual year, and look forward to sharing even more of our unique local history with you in 2021!
[New Year's photo card from Dr. and Mrs. Trudeau, undated. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 337. Courtesy of Karen Lewis.]
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