Did you know?! This week is the last week to see our Art of the Cure exhibit! We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM every day. This exhibit will not be shown again, so get in while you can!
We will be showing some temporary exhibits in the John Black Room while we work on some upgrades to the space. Stay tuned!
If you can't see Art of the Cure in person, you can check out a virtual version here!
This week’s Tuberculosis Thursday feature are the murals of Dr. Norman Bethune. Dr. Bethune created the works while curing at Trudeau Sanatorium in the mid-1920s; they depict the journey to defeat tuberculosis. A portion of the murals is pictured here. The murals were five by sixty feet long, and drawn on brown paper mounted on the walls of his cure cottage. The black area is where a doorway interrupted the work.
The Monsters are labeled Scaley Scarlatina, Diphtheria, Infantile Paralysis, Rheumatic Fever, Whooping Cough, Measles, and the numerous "TB Bats". Sir Shick is named for American pediatrician Bela Shick, who developed a test for Diptheria. The caption reads "Scene II, Childhood. From Dragon Diph. Sir Shick defends, From other beasts he cannot save, The wounds and scars of their attacks, He'll carry to his grave."
Unfortunately, the murals have been lost throughout the years and only photographs remain. To learn more about the fascinating life of Dr. Bethune, head to our wiki.
Or, check out the book “the Bethune Murals” by Tony Holtzman, which was inspired by the hunt for the missing murals.
The first snowflakes flew in Saranac Lake today, so we're thinking about winter sports. This photograph shows a group of six men and women seated on a sled. There is a child standing with a smaller sled behind them. Fletcher McCullough Durbin is seated at the left at the end of the sled, and Hazel Durbin is seated third from left with a scarf covering her face. They are preparing to ride the sled run from the side of Baker Mountain down to the ice on Moody Pond. Are you ready for snowy fun?
Learn more about the Durbins on our wiki.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2020.2.53. Courtesy of John Durbin.]
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