This Tuberculosis Thursday, we want to share about some interesting TB history from elsewhere in the country. About 40 years before Dr. Trudeau's development of the "fresh air cure" in Saranac Lake, Dr. John Croghan experimented with using caves to treat TB patients. Dr. Croghan purchased Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, hoping that the cool, still air in the caves would improve the health of patients. He brought 16 patients to the cave in the winter of 1842, to live in two stone cabins and eight wooden buildings.
Dr. Croghan's cave sanatorium was unsuccessful, as the damp, dark, unventilated conditions worsened the patients conditions, and five of the sixteen patients died. After just five months, Dr. Croghan returned to the surface with the remaining patients, and abandoned the treatment buildings.
This attempted treatment method is of course in stark contrast to the method developed in Saranac Lake, where patients would spend as much time as possible in the fresh air and sunlight. This postcard (c. 1912) was recently acquired by Historic Saranac Lake and shows tourists outside one of the remaining stone cabins in Mammoth Cave.
If you want to learn more about Dr. Croghan's sanatorium in Mammoth Cave, check out this fascinating article from Mammoth Cave National Park.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 666.]
Don't forget, our virtual "A Wild Idea" book talk with author Brad Edmondson is coming up tomorrow at 6:00PM! If you haven't registered yet, please do so using this form.
We will send a link to the Zoom meeting via email to all registered participants. We look forward to you all joining the discussion tomorrow!
Hello again! We are so excited to welcome you back to the museum!
Thanks to donations and membership support from friends like you, our museum doors are open again, and our future is bright! We have accomplished so much in the past year. Together, we have explored and preserved history and architecture through countless talks, tours, articles, and special events. We are proud to say that work is advancing on the Trudeau Building museum expansion project, and we plan to go out to bid for construction in January 2022.
In July we will open a new exhibit at the Saranac Laboratory Museum titled, “Pandemic Perspectives.” We look forward to showing it to you! Members are invited to the special opening party on July 13.
Please become a member today, and join us as we build a strong community. You can join or renew online today!
Amy Jones, Board President
Amy Catania, Executive Director
The 1933 class of Saranac Lake High School in front of Petrova School. Among the graduates is Thomas B. Cantwell, who went on to be an attorney and civic leader, including serving as President of the Saranac Lake Free Library. The photograph was taken by William F. Kollecker. Congratulations to the Saranac Lake High School class of 2021 and other local high schoolers who graduated last week! You have completed an historic high school career to be sure!
-1933 SLHS graduates, photograph by William F. Kollecker. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 637.
-2021 SLHS graduates, photograph courtesy of Amy Catania.
Join us on June 30th at 6:00PM for an online discussion with Phil Terrie about his book, Contested Terrain. Dr. Terrie is Professor Emeritus, American Culture Studies and Environmental Studies Bowling Green State University. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ann Norton Greene, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania. In advance of the discussion, attendees are encouraged to read Terrie's influential book about the history of the Park, described by the New York Review of Books as, "the finest general Adirondack history yet written, the book to which all subsequent accounts will have to refer."
Registration is required by filling out this form and participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the day before the presentation.
Did you know that Saranac Lake has a long history of baseball teams? Here's a Saranac Lake baseball team behind Petrova School, sometime around 1930. These are likely members of the Saranac Lake Red Sox, who played in the old Northern League against teams from Northern New York and Vermont. Welcome back, Surge Baseball!
[Photograph of baseball team by Edward L. Gockeler. Historic Saranac Lake Collection.]
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