February is Black History Month, so we want to highlight Hunter C. Haynes for today's Tuberculosis Thursday post! Haynes was an African American barber, inventor, manufacturer, motion picture producer and director, and entrepreneur who came to Saranac Lake for the cure in 1916. Unfortunately his treatment was not successful, and he succumbed to his illness on January 1, 1918. He was buried in Selma, Alabama, his hometown. Prior to becoming ill with TB, he invented the ready-to-use Haynes Razor Strop and developed the product into an international business. To learn more about Haynes' fascinating career, and the cottages in Saranac Lake that catered to black patients, visit our wiki!
We were thrilled to unveil the Cure Porch on Wheels in Saturday's Winter Carnival Gala Parade. Our thanks to our friend and driver who makes it all possible, Earl Gardner. And thanks to the many friends, including some of our founding members of Historic Saranac Lake who joined in the fun, riding and marching as cave people -- Andy Rawdon, Sarah Clarkin, Sunita Halasz, Alison Riley-Clark, Amy Jones, Melissa and Aine Kline, Jim Meade, Marty Rowley and his young helpers: Lake, Djuna, and Amelia, Betsy Minehan, Natalie Leduc, Caroline Welsh, Mary Hotaling, Dot Fobare, and Chris Brescia.
Be on the lookout for the Cure Porch on Wheels in the coming year. Not only will we be using it as our oral history booth, we will also share it with the community for a variety of creative purposes -- an art studio, a stage set, a radio broadcasting booth, an exhibit space, a workshop, a classroom...? How will you use the porch?
Visit cureporchonwheels.org to learn more about this project!
Check out the list of awesome supporters of the Cure Porch on Wheels by clicking "read more" below!
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