We had a very special visit last week - Allan Whittemore and his wife Marge came all the way from Michigan to visit Saranac Lake and take a tour of Trudeau Sanatorium! Allan (the third) had a special connection - his grandfather, Allan Whittemore (the first) came here to take the cure in the 1920s. Allan (the first) was a mechanical engineer, and he and his wife remained in Saranac Lake for the next thirty or so years. At some point, Allen (the first) was asked to help assemble some looms that were donated to the workshop at t Trudeau Sanatorium. After he finished assembling five looms, he was given one of them as a gift to say thanks. His son and grandson both learned to weave on that loom - which was identical to the one at the center of this photograph of patients weaving in the Workshop. We're so glad we got to meet Allan and Marge and hear more about his family's connection to Saranac Lake and his memories of his grandfather's post-cure life on View Street. Thanks for sharing with us!
[Images: Allan and Marge Whittemore posing in the Art of the Cure Exhibit, September 2021. Patients weaving in the workshop at Trudeau Sanatorium, undated.]
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