It's Tuberculosis Thursday, so we're wishing you a Happy Halloween from Trudeau Sanatorium and all of us at Historic Saranac Lake! It looks like these patients were celebrating in 1950 with a spooky performance and some frightful jack o'lanterns. Have a safe and fun Halloween, and be sure to pay us a visit during downtown trick or treating today!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 240. Courtesy of the Eckmann Family]
Last week we hosted the annual Homeschool History Day with local homeschool families! Each student picked an important figure from history to dress up as and present about. We had visits from Martha Washington, C.S. Lewis, vikings, and even a tiger (among many others!)! This year, we also paid a visit to Pine Ridge Cemetery, where we learned about some of the important people buried there. Thanks for joining us again!
This weekend we hosted some special guests for a great presentation and house tour! CJ Moore and Nancy Broermann published the book, "Maria Longworth Storer: from Music and Art to Popes and Presidents" this spring, and we were happy to have them present about their research! They discovered that the Longworth-Nichols-Storer family had many connections to TB, Saranac Lake, and Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau while researching the life of the fascinating woman who founded Rookwood Pottery. After their presentation, we toured Highland Manor on Park Avenue, which was the home of Maria's son, Dr. Joseph Nichols. Dr. Nichols came to Saranac Lake to work for Dr. Trudeau after curing from TB.
On Sunday, our Museum Administrator Chessie took CJ and Nancy to visit the grave of Dr. Nichols and his wife, Mary, and to see the WWI Memorial where Mary is listed for her work overseas. A great time was had by all, and everyone learned a lot, so we want to thank CJ and Nancy for sharing their research with us, as well as Kathy and Ralph Bonavist for their hospitality.
We will soon have copies of "Maria Longworth Storer" for sale in our gift shop!
On Friday, October 11, the American Society for Microbiology designated the Saranac Laboratory as a Milestones in Microbiology Site at an official ceremony at the the Saranac Laboratory Museum.
The Milestones in Microbiology program serves to foster interest in the nation’s microbiological heritage and to remind citizens, educators and visitors of the importance of microbiology. Officials from the American Society for Microbiology attended the award ceremony, including Dr. Robin Patel, President, and Dr. Jim Poupard, Member of the ASM Milestones in Microbiology Committee. Honored guests included New York State Senator Betty Little and a representatives from the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded the Saranac Laboratory in 1894 as the first facility in the United States devoted to tuberculosis (TB) research. For seven decades, studies conducted in the building and at the affiliated Trudeau Research and Clinical Laboratory at the Trudeau Sanatorium (1924) led to fundamental advances in understanding and treating TB.
In groundbreaking experiments, Trudeau established that both the bacterial pathogen, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the environment have roles in the development of TB. With this new knowledge, Trudeau pioneered the American Sanatorium Model as an effective means to manage the disease. The village of Saranac Lake became a center for patients of all economic and social classes seeking state-of-the-art TB treatment. The Saranac Laboratory closed in 1964. On-going experiments moved to the Trudeau Institute, where Trudeau’s scientific legacy continues to inspire advances in the microbial sciences
Following the plaque unveiling ceremony, a reception was hosted by Trudeau Institute to honor the occasion at the Hotel Saranac.
Today marks the 94th anniversary of the death of Christy Mathewson, who died in Saranac Lake after an unsuccessful battle against tuberculosis. Mathewson was one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time, and was among the "First Five" inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. To learn more about Mathewson's career and time in Saranac Lake, visit our wiki.
Thanks to Jim Clark for always honoring Christy's memory and for sharing this card from his collection.
[Historic Saranac Lake Digital Collection, TCR # 436]
Historic Saranac Lake members and interested future members are invited to HSL's Annual Meeting at 7PM on Wednesday, November 6. This year's meeting will feature a presentation on the history of Paul Smith's Hotel and College from Neil Surprenant. Copies of the book, "Images of America: Paul Smith's Hotel and College," are available for purchase in our gift shop. The Annual Meeting will also feature a brief meeting of the general membership to confirm our new board members and executive committee. This meeting will take place in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.
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