IWe're trying to cool off from the August heat by looking at historic Winter Carnival photographs! This hand-colored image shows an ice pyramid in the intersection of Main Street and Broadway in 1920. The Berkeley House is visible behind the pyramid, decorated for Winter Carnival. The hotel would be heavily damaged by fire just 5 years later, and burned down a final time in 1981.
Stay cool -- we feel better already!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 273, Courtesy of Audrey Vanderhoof.]
Did you miss our Zoom presentation, "Picturing Winter Carnival: History Through our Photograph Collections?" Now you can watch it on demand! Learn about some of the fascinating history of Winter Carnival, from 1897 to today, and get a peek at some never-before-seen photographs from our collection. Join our Executive Director Amy Catania and Museum Administrator Chessie Monks-Kelly as they highlight what makes Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival so special.
If you have a Winter Carnival memory, object, or photograph you'd like to share with HSL, please take our survey.
On Thursday, February 11 at 6PM, Historic Saranac Lake staff will present a special Zoom presentation celebrating the history of Winter Carnival. Executive Director Amy Catania will give an overview of how Carnival has evolved since Saranac Lake's first carnival in 1897. Museum Administrator, Chessie Monks-Kelly will share photos from Historic Saranac Lake's collections. We welcome community members to share their stories and photographs following the presentation! Registration in advance is required; use this form to register. Participants will receive a Zoom link via email the day before the presentation!
Image: Ice Palace, c. 1920s. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 273. Courtesy of Audrey Vanderhoof.
We were thrilled to unveil the Cure Porch on Wheels in Saturday's Winter Carnival Gala Parade. Our thanks to our friend and driver who makes it all possible, Earl Gardner. And thanks to the many friends, including some of our founding members of Historic Saranac Lake who joined in the fun, riding and marching as cave people -- Andy Rawdon, Sarah Clarkin, Sunita Halasz, Alison Riley-Clark, Amy Jones, Melissa and Aine Kline, Jim Meade, Marty Rowley and his young helpers: Lake, Djuna, and Amelia, Betsy Minehan, Natalie Leduc, Caroline Welsh, Mary Hotaling, Dot Fobare, and Chris Brescia.
Be on the lookout for the Cure Porch on Wheels in the coming year. Not only will we be using it as our oral history booth, we will also share it with the community for a variety of creative purposes -- an art studio, a stage set, a radio broadcasting booth, an exhibit space, a workshop, a classroom...? How will you use the porch?
Visit cureporchonwheels.org to learn more about this project!
Check out the list of awesome supporters of the Cure Porch on Wheels by clicking "read more" below!
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