This week's Tuberculosis Thursday is dedicated to all of the beautiful lilacs blooming around town! Saranac Lake's love of lilacs goes back for more than 100 years. As you can see in this photograph from the early 1900s, the grounds of Trudeau Sanatorium had many, many lilacs and other beautiful flowering plants and trees, and many of them are still growing there today! Don't forget to take a moment to stop and smell the lilacs!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2021.4. Gift of the Trudeau Institute.]
Friday marks National Road Trip Day, so pack up your provisions, fuel up the car, and hit the road! This photograph of Dennis Riley was taken by Trudeau Sanatorium patient Ken Ho sometime in the late 1940s.
See you on the road!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.12.1.29.3. Gift of the Family of Ken Ho.]
We had an action-packed visit earlier this month with the Tupper Lake 5th graders in collaboration with the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake! Students learned about Dr. Trudeau and the Saranac Laboratory, what it was like to be a patient curing in Saranac Lake, and taxidermy history in the Dickert Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Thanks to Christine Campeau from the ADKX School Programs, and our amazing volunteer Amy Jones for sharing their knowledge!
Thanks for visiting us, Tupper Lake! We're glad to have you back at the Saranac Laboratory Museum!
Pike & pickerel fishing season is here! Have you made any historic catches yet? This proud angler is Henry H. Leis, "holding a 5 1/2 lb. pickerel fish he caught trolling on Lower Saranac Lake, August 1915." Henry would have been about eight years old in this photograph. He was the son of George and Marie Leis, and became an amateur taxidermist later in life.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, gift of Marietta Leis Vogel. 2010.4.4.]
High Schoolers! Do you want to learn more about Saranac Lake history, meet new people, and get paid?! We have the job for you! The application form is now open for this year's Summer High School Internships! Head to our website for all the details and to apply.
Dorothy Blanche Smith (seated, far left), who went by Blanche, was a nurse in Saranac Lake in the early 1900s. Her mother, Mary Ellen Colon, was also a nurse, and her father, Charles H. Smith, worked as a guide.
We do not know a lot of information about Blanche, including where she studied. Do you know anything about Blanche, or recognize these nursing uniforms? Let us know!
[Photograph of a group of nurses, Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2009.2.1. Gift of W. Dean Carrier.]
Betty Kelly (later Gaffney) was training as a nurse at Bellevue when she contracted tuberculosis. She was sent to Trudeau Sanatorium in 1947, first staying at Ludington Infirmary and then at Schiff Cottage. She left in 1949; she suffered a relapse and was treated with a lobectomy and thoracoplasty at home and recovered. Once she had fully regained her health, she went on to serve as a school nurse until she retired at age 84.
We are sad to share that Betty passed away in January of this year. We were honored to meet her when she came to visit the Sanatorium campus in August of 2021--the first time in 72 years. We are so happy to have met her and heard her story. Betty and her family donated photographs and her nursing cape and hat to the collection so that we can continue to share her memory. Betty's cap from Bellevue is one of the nursing artifacts on display this week in honor of nurses throughout Saranac Lake history.
Learn more about Betty on our wiki.
[Photograph of Betty Kelly on the steps of Baker Chapel, c. 1947. Photograph of Betty Gaffney standing in front of Baker Chapel, August 2021. Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.9.6. Gift in memory of Betty Kelly Gaffney.]
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