We're celebrating paddling with Celebrate Paddling ADK all month long, so why not paddle your own canoe? This image comes from an album kept by Blanche Smith during her high school years, documenting her adventures with her friends.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2009.2.10.17. Gift of W. Dean Carrier.]
This week's Tuberculosis Thursday is dedicated to all of the beautiful lilacs blooming around town! Saranac Lake's love of lilacs goes back for more than 100 years. As you can see in this photograph from the early 1900s, the grounds of Trudeau Sanatorium had many, many lilacs and other beautiful flowering plants and trees, and many of them are still growing there today! Don't forget to take a moment to stop and smell the lilacs!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2021.4. Gift of the Trudeau Institute.]
Friday marks National Road Trip Day, so pack up your provisions, fuel up the car, and hit the road! This photograph of Dennis Riley was taken by Trudeau Sanatorium patient Ken Ho sometime in the late 1940s.
See you on the road!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.12.1.29.3. Gift of the Family of Ken Ho.]
Pike & pickerel fishing season is here! Have you made any historic catches yet? This proud angler is Henry H. Leis, "holding a 5 1/2 lb. pickerel fish he caught trolling on Lower Saranac Lake, August 1915." Henry would have been about eight years old in this photograph. He was the son of George and Marie Leis, and became an amateur taxidermist later in life.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, gift of Marietta Leis Vogel. 2010.4.4.]
Saturday was World Laboratory Day, so what better way to celebrate than with a photograph of our home, the Saranac Laboratory! This photograph was taken by tuberculosis patient Fletcher Durbin sometime around 1911. The image shows how the Laboratory originally looked before its expansion in the 1920s.
Learn more about the history of the Saranac Laboratory on our wiki!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2020.2.84]
William Kollecker (seated with camera) and employees (and a strange little friend) outside of the Kollecker Kodak and Gift Shop on Main St., August 1914. Kollecker came to Saranac Lake for his health as a young man, and started his career working for Lake Placid photographer William Cheesman. Kollecker's shop sold photographic prints, postcards, gifts, and of course, genuine Kodak products. Kollecker was a prolific photographer and his shop was known for its elaborate window displays, especially around Christmastime. The store closed when Kollecker died in 1962.
Learn more about William Kollecker on our wiki.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2020.9.2.92]
It's National Library Week, so we're celebrating our favorite one, the Saranac Lake Free Library! This c. 1914 photograph of the Library shows it as it looked in its early days before the addition. We love the SLFL in all of its states!
We're so thankful for libraries and library workers, this week and always! Happy National Library Week!
Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2020.2.79.]
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