Saranac Lake was once a happening destination for the silent film industry! This photograph shows Norma Talmadge as Princess Marie Pavlovna, and Marc McDermott (with beard) as Vasili Lazoff in "The New Moon," filming in Saranac Lake in 1919. Many outdoor adventure films were shot in the snowy wilderness in Saranac Lake.
A transplant from Alaska known as "Caribou Bill" ran a film set on Edgewood Road and provided dogsled services for dramatic race scenes. Locals even got in on the action, serving as extras and stunt doubles.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 151. Courtesy of Linda Friel.]
We had a great time on our tour of Little Red and the Trudeau Statue last week. Thanks to everyone who joined us to learn more about these icons of Trudeau Sanatorium and the tuberculosis industry!
If you want to join us on a future tour, see our schedule and grab tickets on our events page!
Thanks to Todd Moe at North Country Public Radio for checking out our Pandemic Perspectives exhibit and sharing about it! If you didn't catch the interview on the radio, you can listen to it online. We've had some great conversations with museum visitors about the exhibit and their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Come pay us a visit!
We're so excited to participate in the new High Peaks-inspired museum challenge, History s'Peaks! Participants can get stamps at six local museums and complete their History s'Peaks challenge! You can pick up a card at participating museums and get started on a history-inspired adventure. Once completed, patches are available for $5!
Thanks to the Lake Placid History Museum for organizing this challenge. We're happy to collaborate with them and the Adirondack History Museum, Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center, John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and Lake Placid Olympic Museum! Can you complete the challenge?!
Join us at 10:00AM on Wednesday, August 4 for a morning of celebrating cure porch architecture and educating our neighbors about historic preservation. We need your help to spread the word! Meet at the Cure Porch on Wheels parked behind the museum for a brief training with Executive Director Amy Catania on cure porch architecture and the importance of historic preservation. Then help us educate the local community with a walk through Helen Hill Historic District distributing flyers. We will leave from the museum following the introduction at the Cure Porch on Wheels and walk through the Helen Hill neighborhood, rain or shine!
This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. This program is part of a series of educational talks and programs sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.
For the first of four local history days this summer and fall, the Cure Porch on Wheels will be visiting the Summer Market at the Station in Downtown Onchiota on Saturday, July 24. Come check it out to learn more about cure porch architecture and see components of Historic Saranac Lake's new exhibit "Pandemic Perspectives." We'll be hanging out from 12-2PM!
Learn more about the Station on their website.
Our new exhibit, Pandemic Perspectives, is now open to the public! Twelve exhibit panels placed throughout the museum invite visitors to explore connections between their personal experience during the current pandemic and Saranac Lake’s history as a community that welcomed people suffering from infectious disease. Each panel explores a particular reaction, from positive feelings like “resilience” or “gratitude,” to more difficult ones such as “loneliness” and “fear.”
Be sure to come visit the museum to explore the new exhibit and share your pandemic perspective.
Our thanks to the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Humanities New York, and the New York State Council on the Arts for supporting this exhibit and related public programs on the Cure Porch on Wheels. Stay tuned for details about upcoming events!
Read the full press release on our website.
Last night, we held an opening reception with Members of Historic Saranac Lake, and we were so happy to see two nurses from Adirondack Health at the party, Lisa Keegan and Sara Diaz. Lisa shared some of her photographs for the exhibit, including the title image of Sara.
This photograph shows the first class of the Trudeau School of Tuberculosis in the Saranac Laboratory 1917. The Trudeau School was founded by Dr. Edward R. Baldwin, and offered six-week summer courses for physicians to learn the latest treatment methods for TB. This photograph and others past and present are featured in a new special exhibit, Pandemic Perspectives, opening this week at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. The exhibit invites visitors to compare their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic to the TB era in Saranac Lake. Stay tuned for more on this special exhibit!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2021.4. Courtesy of Trudeau Institute.]
Want to experience both nature and history on this beautiful July day? Check out this great article from Mike Lynch and the Adirondack Explorer on paddling around Rabbit Island.
This Tuberculosis Thursday, we want to share about some interesting TB history from elsewhere in the country. About 40 years before Dr. Trudeau's development of the "fresh air cure" in Saranac Lake, Dr. John Croghan experimented with using caves to treat TB patients. Dr. Croghan purchased Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, hoping that the cool, still air in the caves would improve the health of patients. He brought 16 patients to the cave in the winter of 1842, to live in two stone cabins and eight wooden buildings.
Dr. Croghan's cave sanatorium was unsuccessful, as the damp, dark, unventilated conditions worsened the patients conditions, and five of the sixteen patients died. After just five months, Dr. Croghan returned to the surface with the remaining patients, and abandoned the treatment buildings.
This attempted treatment method is of course in stark contrast to the method developed in Saranac Lake, where patients would spend as much time as possible in the fresh air and sunlight. This postcard (c. 1912) was recently acquired by Historic Saranac Lake and shows tourists outside one of the remaining stone cabins in Mammoth Cave.
If you want to learn more about Dr. Croghan's sanatorium in Mammoth Cave, check out this fascinating article from Mammoth Cave National Park.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 666.]
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