A group having a late-winter picnic at "camp" in the woods. It is part of a collection of photographs from Fletcher M. Durbin's time in Saranac Lake while receiving treatment for tuberculosis in the 1910s. Durbin can be seen standing at the center back in the photograph in the vest and flat hat. Durbin's photographs show many snowshoeing treks with friends, along with cure cottages and local sporting events.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, ACC2020.002. Courtesy of John Durbin.]
Patients resting in the fresh air on the veranda at Ray Brook, c. 1944. This photograph came from a recently donated album belonging to Teresa Dare, who came to take the cure from the Utica area. The New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis, which was commonly known as Ray Brook, opened in 1904 and was the first New York State-operated tuberculosis sanatorium. It stayed open until 1971, much later than the rest of the sanatoria in the area.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 679. Courtesy of Donna Hartless.]
It looks like winter isn't quite done with us yet, so here's a peek at how they dealt with snow in the past! This 1908 photograph shows a horse-drawn snow roller on Church Street. Snow rollers were used to pack down snow to make it easier for sleighs to navigate the streets. This photograph came from an album kept by Dr. Edward R. Baldwin and shows the Saranac Laboratory prior to its expansion in the 1920s.
Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 448. Courtesy of Barbara Baldwin Knapp.
This postcard shows Saranac Lake from Blood Hill sometime around 1918. Blood Hill was named for Orlando Blood, who owned the Riverside Inn from 1860-1883. The Riverside Inn and the old Harrietstown Town Hall are visible in the foreground, and the top of the first Saranac Lake High School can be seen where the Hotel Saranac is today! What else has changed about this view? What is still the same?
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection]
Our next Women's History Month feature is Annie Leonard Baldwin. She operated the Baldwin School on Pine Street with her husband Ernest H. Baldwin, who was the brother of Dr. Edward R. Baldwin. The Baldwin School opened in 1908 as a "private day and tutoring school" that served students of all ages. While its offerings and student body changed throughout its 34 years, its main focus was on schooling students whose education had been "interrupted" elsewhere, including those with health concerns. Following the death of her husband in 1922, Annie continued to operate the Baldwin School for 20 more years. She died in 1956.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 448. Courtesy of Barbara Baldwin Knapp.]
March is Women's History Month, so we're going to share images that tell the stories of women in local history. This image shows the 1931 graduating class of the D. Ogden Mills Training School for Nurses at Trudeau Sanatorium. This training school was originally established in 1913 with support from Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, and had an unusual requirement for admission--an arrested case of tuberculosis. Dr. Trudeau believed that young women who had endured tuberculosis and regained their health would have a greater understanding of patients' needs and care.
[1931 graduating class, D. Ogden Mills Training School for Nurses. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 582. Courtesy of Jan Dudones.]
This photograph shows three unidentified staff members in front of Kollecker's Kodak & Art Shop. The shop was owned by William F. Kollecker, who came to Saranac Lake with tuberculosis in 1896. Kollecker recovered his health and eventually became one of the most successful and prolific photographers in the village's history. He developed film, printed photographs, and sold prints, camera equipment, gifts, and more in his shop on Main Street from the early 1900s until his death in 1962. His shop windows were known for their elaborate displays, especially around Christmastime. Much of his work can be found in the collection in the Adirondack Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library.
[Photograph of Kollecker's Kodak & Art Shop, undated. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 331. Courtesy of Ken and Nancy Demars.]
Image of the week: Crowds gathered along the skating rink at Pontiac Bay with the Ice Palace visible behind, c.1915. This photograph came from an album kept by Hilda Mae Yeager while curing in Saranac Lake in the early nineteen-tens. Winter Carnival is coming up! Check out our events page for info on a special virtual Winter Carnival history presentation on February 11.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, ACC 2020.11]
Image of the week: This month marks the 142nd anniversary of the first service held in the St. Luke's Episcopal Church building on the corner of Church and Main Streets. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau led the fundraising drive, and then oversaw the construction process for the building that still stands today. Construction began in 1878, and the first service at the Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician was held January 12, 1879.
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[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, courtesy of of Lucy Jones Berk.]
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