This week's Tuberculosis Thursday feature is the Sageman Cottage. The cottage, located at what is now 63 Park Avenue, has many stories to tell in its history! It is the oldest house in the Cottage Row district, and at one point it was one of seven cottages with a contract with the Veterans Administration to care for tubercular soldiers.
Bela Bartok and his wife Dita stayed on the property in 1943, and it also played host to at least one Norwegian sailor, Alfred Larsen.
You can learn more of the Sageman Cottage's history on our wiki.
There is just a little more than two weeks till Halloween - did you know that there is a link between tuberculosis and stories of vampires? Read more on the Hektoen International Journal.
...And help support our collections!
A generous local collector, Richard Monroe, donated 25 of these Collins Brothers bottles to be sold to support the preservation and use of Historic Saranac Lake’s collections.
Each bottle will be sold for $100, with options for a clear or blue bottle (shipping available). Please note: these bottles are old, and were discovered after spending many years in local lakes and rivers, and therefore may contain small imperfections.
The sale will be open to the public on Tuesday, October 19 at 12:00PM (EST). We will send out an email reminder at that time. The sale will be first-come, first serve, so mark your calendars! A link will be shared on our social media, email list, and website at that time.
Head to our website to find an excerpt from Richard's article in the Adirondack Almanack about his bottle-diving hobby. Many, many thanks to Richard for his generosity, curiosity, and sense of adventure!
Please note: these bottles are identical to ones contained in our permanent collection. If you would like to see these and other items in our collection, please get in touch! All proceeds will be used to house, store, and care for our collections. Questions? Send us an email!
Halloween is less than three weeks away, so we're thinking about historic costume inspiration! This photograph shows Alice Delisle, who won the fancy dress contest at one of the first Winter Carnivals in 1898. Her image was printed in a 1909 commemorative Winter Carnival program. What figure from Saranac Lake history would you like to dress up as?
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 280. Courtesy of Hope Coons.]
We had an amazing morning doing guided painting in our Art of the Cure exhibit with Juila from ADK ArtRise! Participants learned how to use watercolors to create their own version of a painting by artist Amy Jones. It was the perfect activity for a fall day!
We still have spots available for our adult (14+) class this afternoon at 3:00PM. You can sign up through ArtRise or just drop in. Please note: this class will take place in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, and masks are required.
Thanks again to our friends at ADK ArtRise for this great collaboration!
We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded American Rescue Act Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from NY Humanities. The grants will support our general operations as we bounce back from the economic damage caused by the pandemic, as well as a second year of humanities programs to complement our “Pandemic Perspectives"exhibit. The NEH grant will also support the development of a new short film for the future expanded museum. The film will be directed by local filmmaker Kirk Sullivan. The film will include an introduction to Indigenous history in the Adirondacks, which will be created in partnership with the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center. Our thanks to the Fadden family for collaborating with us on this exciting project.
Read the full press release on our website!
Happy birthday to Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau! We love this photograph of Dr. Trudeau, Mrs. Trudeau, and their daughter Charlotte "Chatte" Trudeau with friends at a "bonnet party" that was recently donated to our collection. Mrs. Trudeau is seated at far left, Dr. Trudeau is in the middle of the back row with his face hidden by a hat, and Chatte is standing at his left. Maybe next year we'll throw our own bonnet party to celebrate Dr. Trudeau's birthday! It looks like a great time!
Happy 173rd birthday, Dr. Trudeau!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2021.4. Courtesy of Trudeau Institute.]
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