In case you missed it, we hosted an amazing discussion with Lucian Ban last week as part of our Celebrating Bartók series! Ban presented "Retracing Bartók – From Transylvania to Saranac Lake," discussing Bartok’s lifelong dedication and passion for the folk music of Romanian people, and his research trips and field recordings at the beginning of the Twentieth Century in Transylvania and beyond. The entire presentation is now available to watch on our YouTube channel. Please share the link with anyone who might enjoy learning more about Bartók!
If you are interested in Ban's album of folk recordings, it can be found on BandCamp.
All previous recordings from this series are available on our YouTube channel as well.
And finally, learn more about the remainder of the series on our website. The Celebrating Bartók series is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom.
We have a tour of Trudeau Sanatorium coming up on June 14 at 1PM. Get tickets on our events page. RSVPs are required for this outdoor walking tour, and spots are limited!
NOTE: This event is hosted by the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) and any registration/questions should go through them. Learn more and register here.
Researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and the general public are invited to take part in the NNYLN's North Country Showcase on Friday, 12/17 at 11AM!
This month, HSL Archivist / Curator Chessie Monks-Kelly will share collections that document the history of research at the Saranac Laboratory. The Saranac Laboratory was built in 1894 for Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau; it was the first laboratory in the United States for the study of tuberculosis. Although the laboratory’s initial and main purpose was to study TB, the scientists working there examined many related subjects throughout its 70-year history, including the effects of asbestos on the human body.
Historic Saranac Lake has recently received two important collections that shed light on the history of the Saranac Laboratory and the work carried out there.
First, the papers of Dr. Edward R. Baldwin, who was a close friend and colleague of Dr. Trudeau, and started the Trudeau School of Tuberculosis in 1916. These collections reflect Dr. Baldwin’s personal and professional life in Saranac Lake and shed light on the work at the Saranac Laboratory around the time of Dr. Trudeau’s death.
The second collection is the Bristol Family papers. This collection is primarily made up of Dr. Leonard Bristol’s reports, research notes, and more created during his work as a radiologist at the Saranac Laboratory. Dr. Bristol’s radiologic work included a 1940s study commissioned by the Johns Manville Corporation on asbestos; he was often called to testify in asbestos litigation cases.
Both of these collections have fascinating research possibilities across many subjects and highlight the legacy of the work conducted at the Saranac Laboratory. In this session, Monks-Kelly will share more about the contents of these two collections and how to use them, and provide a general overview of HSL’s fascinating records of the tuberculosis industry in Saranac Lake.
All are welcome! Admission to the Saranac Laboratory Museum will be free of charge. Share your memories of Saranac Lake holiday history. Visit with staff and neighbors in the John Black Room, listen to holiday music, and grab a complimentary treat as you go! See the event poster. All attendees will receive 10% off any purchases in our museum gift shop! Masks are required.
...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!
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 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!
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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