Our awesome volunteers are still hard at work cataloging our book collections! If you missed it, we're converting the John Black Room bookcases back into visible storage for our book collections. With the help of volunteers Kathy and Andy (pictured), we're making catalog records for all of the books in our collection, and these records will be available online in multiple formats. Stay tuned!
Thanks to all of our volunteers! If you want to get involved, fill out our volunteer form!
This #MuseumMonday, we're sharing a peek at the exciting digitization work happening behind the scenes at the museum! We purchased this overhead camera mount setup with support from the Northern New York Library Network. It allows us to photograph items that are difficult to place on a flatbed scanner, such as photo albums and scrapbooks. The foam cradle supports the spines of bound materials to keep from damaging them while we work.
Have you checked out our online catalog yet? We're adding new items every day!
This #MuseumMonday is a not-so-glamorous behind the scenes, but we want to share a big THANK YOU! Last week, we started the day with sewage backing up into our basement at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. The Saranac Lake Village DPW came right out and cleared the drain, and then Snickles Plumbing & Heating modified our pipes to keep it from happening again! THANK YOU again to the DPW crew and the folks at Snickles for working hard to save the day AND our basement!
This #MuseumMonday, we're sharing a fascinating update on the Bartók items recently donated to us. As our Archivist/Curator Chessie was rehousing a vest that belonged to Béla Bartók, a very small ticket stub slipped out of the pocket.
The torn-off stub was for a performance at Symphony Hall in Boston on December 2, 1944. A note in pencil at the top reads, "Mrs. Bartok." An online search told us that that evening was the premiere of “Concerto for Orchestra,” one of the pieces Bartók wrote in Saranac Lake. It is likely that Bartók slipped the ticket in his pocket during the performance where it remained until we discovered it almost 78 years later. Bartók died in New York City 9 months after the performance.
Learn more about the Bartók Cabin and the collection, and support our efforts to preserve both on our website.
Read last week's article on this incredible donation in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 743. Courtesy of the Estate of Peter Bartók.]
Looking for some wintry fun during the holiday break? Check out this write up from Getaway Mavens on "under the radar" activities in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake! Thanks for featuring the Saranac Laboratory Museum!
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!
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!
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