June is National Dairy Month, so for today's Tuberculosis Thursday post we're sharing about Saranac Lake's surprising dairy history! TB patients taking the cure were prescribed diets that were high in fat and protein to help them gain weight. Patients might be required to drink as many as eight glasses of milk a DAY. Dozens of dairy farms were established in Saranac Lake and the surrounding area to help support these dietary requirements.
This photograph shows just a few of the milk-related artifacts in our collection, including milk bottles, milk caps, and even an ashtray! To learn more about our local dairy history, head to the wiki.
PS - can you guess which favorite local summer tradition was born out of one of these dairies?!
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