Today marks John Baxter Black's 125th birthday, and what better way to mark the occasion than with improvements to the John Black Room Library! We are working to return this room to its original use as a library and meeting space, and have just finished modifying the built-in bookcases to safely house the museum's book collections and make them visible to the public. The addition of security bars and plexiglass-enclosed display shelves and cases will protect the important volumes in our collection while allowing museum visitors and researchers to explore our book holdings. This space will also host small-scale rotating exhibits, including our current Pandemic Perspectives Exhibit.
This wing of the Laboratory was dedicated in John's memory by his family, following his death in 1923. About ten years ago, we hosted a visit from John's nephews, John and Peter Black. Pleased to see the lasting legacy of their family in Saranac Lake, John and Peter generously supported our work to restore the laboratory and open it as a museum. The modern improvements to the John Black Room are made possible by a generous grant from the Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation Fund of the Richland County Foundation. We are grateful for the Foundation's ongoing support, which allows us to preserve the legacy of John Black in Saranac Lake.
Our thanks to Ken of Gochenaur Construction for his careful execution of our vision for this space. Stay tuned for more news on improvements to the room, and our work with our book collection!
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