This year's Winter Carnival theme, Totally 80s, has been announced, so here's some inspiration from the 1984 Ice Palace! This postcard shows an elaborate ice palace lit up at night. What do you remember about Winter Carnivals in the 80s?
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 298. Courtesy of Rosamond Nadon.]
It's the first day of autumn! Here's a fall throwback postcard of Saranac Lake. The LaPan Highway wasn't built yet, so this photo was taken sometime before 1958. What else do you see that's different? What other Saranac Lake landmarks can you spot?
Patients at work in the old workshop at Trudeau Sanatorium, 1908. Patients could take courses in photography, bookbinding, and hand-lettering and illumination. The original workshop first opened in 1905, and in 1909 it was replaced with the much larger Scholfield Memorial Workshop (which still stands today). Mark your calendars: the Art of the Cure exhibit, which explores the use of occupational therapy with tuberculosis patients in Saranac Lake, will close on Saturday, November 13! Don't miss this last chance to see the exhibit at the Saranac Laboratory Museum!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2021.4. Courtesy of Trudeau Institute.]
We had a very special visit last week - Allan Whittemore and his wife Marge came all the way from Michigan to visit Saranac Lake and take a tour of Trudeau Sanatorium! Allan (the third) had a special connection - his grandfather, Allan Whittemore (the first) came here to take the cure in the 1920s. Allan (the first) was a mechanical engineer, and he and his wife remained in Saranac Lake for the next thirty or so years. At some point, Allen (the first) was asked to help assemble some looms that were donated to the workshop at t Trudeau Sanatorium. After he finished assembling five looms, he was given one of them as a gift to say thanks. His son and grandson both learned to weave on that loom - which was identical to the one at the center of this photograph of patients weaving in the Workshop. We're so glad we got to meet Allan and Marge and hear more about his family's connection to Saranac Lake and his memories of his grandfather's post-cure life on View Street. Thanks for sharing with us!
[Images: Allan and Marge Whittemore posing in the Art of the Cure Exhibit, September 2021. Patients weaving in the workshop at Trudeau Sanatorium, undated.]
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.]
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