We are pleased to release the Pre-Bid Announcement for the rehabilitation of the Trudeau Building at 118 Main Street. Architectural design is wrapping up, and we anticipate going out to bid for construction this spring. We invite contractors with experience in historic preservation projects to contact us to find out more about this exciting project!
Visit the Trudeau Building page to learn more about the project so far, and to download a full-size PDF of the bid preview flyer.
Looking for Black History Month educational resources, programs, and events from all across New York State? The New York State Museum has great resources online, in addition to a list of events taking place at museums and historical societies. Check them out here.
This Tuberculosis Thursday, we want to highlight Bill Bailey! Bailey was a tap dancer and vaudevillian and brother of actress-singer Pearl Bailey. He came to Will Rogers Memorial Hospital to recover from a "respiratory ailment," possibly TB. The doctors wanted Bailey to rest, but he often entertained fellow patients with his dance skills.
Bailey is credited with inventing the Moonwalk, although he called it a "Backslide." Check out this video of Bailey dancing at the Apollo Theatre in 1955. He danced with Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis.
Learn more about Bailey on our wiki.
Stay tuned for more Black History Month stories from Saranac Lake!
Image of the week: Crowds gathered along the skating rink at Pontiac Bay with the Ice Palace visible behind, c.1915. This photograph came from an album kept by Hilda Mae Yeager while curing in Saranac Lake in the early nineteen-tens. Winter Carnival is coming up! Check out our events page for info on a special virtual Winter Carnival history presentation on February 11.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, ACC 2020.11]
On Thursday, February 11 at 6PM, Historic Saranac Lake staff will present a special Zoom presentation celebrating the history of Winter Carnival. Executive Director Amy Catania will give an overview of how Carnival has evolved since Saranac Lake's first carnival in 1897. Museum Administrator, Chessie Monks-Kelly will share photos from Historic Saranac Lake's collections. We welcome community members to share their stories and photographs following the presentation! Registration in advance is required; use this form to register. Participants will receive a Zoom link via email the day before the presentation!
Image: Ice Palace, c. 1920s. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 273. Courtesy of Audrey Vanderhoof.
Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, so stay tuned as we share stories of Black history in Saranac Lake all month long. If you would like to dig deeper into local Black history this month, we recommend you check out a copy of Sally E. Svenson's 2017 book, "Blacks in the Adirondacks." You can find copies of it at your local library, favorite bookstore, or you can order it online from us!
Stay up to date on all the news and happenings from Historic Saranac Lake at the Saranac Laboratory Museum!