It's Mini Tour time! We're sharing a throwback video, "Unlocking the Wilderness," this week. This video, commissioned by HSL in 1988, explores the history of the industries developed from the natural resources of the Adirondacks.
Commissioned by Historic Saranac Lake in 1988. Directed and photographed by James Forsyth Bleecker. Written by Rachel Bliven. Remastered by Jim Griebsch in 2018. For more information please visit www.historicsaranaclake.org.
This week's mini tour takes you behind the scenes with Chessie in one of our current temporary collections storage areas. We're going to be doing some major cataloging work in preparation to move our collections to the Trudeau Building over the next few years, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Check it out for some highlights from our eclectic collections, including a guest appearance by the heaviest item in our collection!
Check out our collections page to learn more about how to access our collections, and find out about how to donate items.
Chessie has the week off, so we decided to give our mini tours a break too! We've had a lot of fun making all these socially distant videos for you, but it's not as easy as it looks! Sometimes we fumble our words, sometimes it's windy, and sometimes we just plain forget what to say. We hope you enjoy having a laugh with us, and check back in next week for more fact-filled videos about Saranac Lake history!
Join Chessie for this week's mini tour on our wonderful neighbors and colleagues, the Saranac Lake Free Library! Find out about the history of this important Saranac Lake institution (with only one library pun)!
To read more about the library's history, visit our wiki.
And check out all of their resources online!
This week's Mini Tour is close to "home"--the Saranac Laboratory Museum! Tune in while Chessie talks about some of the architectural features of the building. We hope to see you here soon!
This footage of Richard "Dick" H. Ray was filmed at the August 1987 TB Reunion held by Historic Saranac Lake. The video shows Dick giving a tour of his memories of his time as a patient at Trudeau Sanatorium and Ray Brook State Hospital in the 1930s. Watch for a fascinating first-hand account of "the cure." You can learn more about Richard Ray on our wiki.
Dick Ray went on to write a book highlighting his memories of his time in Saranac Lake through the photographs he took here. The book was published by HSL, and it and the DVD of this interview can be purchased online in our store.
Join Chessie for a drizzly mini tour on Trudeau Institute! You can check our Mini Tour playlist for previous tours of Little Red and the Trudeau Statue, both located on the Trudeau Institute campus today.
Learn more about its history by visiting our wiki.
This week's Wednesday Mini Tour is a little different! Today we're sharing more information about visiting the Saranac Laboratory Museum in person, and some of the policies we've put in place to reduce risk to our visitors and staff.
You can find the latest on our hours, visiting information, and safety policies on our website at www.historicsaranaclake.org/visit. We hope to see you soon!
We will return next week with another fun mini tour of an historic site here in Saranac Lake! Have a request? Let us know in the comments.
Join Chessie--on a colder day last month--for a mini tour about the statue of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. These days, the statue is located behind the Trudeau Institute. We hope you'll join us in person for a tour in the future!
Learn more about the statue on our wiki.
It's Wednesday, and today's Mini Tour subject is Little Red! Watch to learn more about this icon of Trudeau Sanatorium and the Fresh Air Cure. Don't worry, we'll take you inside on a future Mini Tour!
Read more about Little Red on our wiki, too: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Little_Red
Stay up to date on all the news and happenings from Historic Saranac Lake at the Saranac Laboratory Museum!