Thursday, April 28, 2016

Historic Saranac Lake Seeks Roaring Twenties Artifacts

The Saranac Laboratory MuseumHistoric Saranac Lake is seeking the community’s help as the organization creates a new museum exhibit on the roaring twenties. The exhibit, titled, “A Grand Hotel” will feature artifacts of the 1920s. Historic Saranac Lake staff is hoping that community members will help by loaning artifacts for the exhibit.

“We are seeking items of clothing, jewelry, and other artifacts that are of the time period,” said Public Programs Coordinator Chessie Monks-Kelly. “We are particularly interested in items connected with local hotels of the 1920s.”

The exhibit is projected to open in late 2016. It’s expected to incorporate local history, images, historic film footage, and artifacts from other local historic hotels such as Paul Smith’s Hotel, the Algonquin, the Berkeley, the Grand Union, the St. Regis, the Riverside Inn, and Saranac Inn.

The new exhibit is supported by a grant from New York Council for the Humanities. The grant is supporting consultation with Pendragon Theatre Costume and Set Designer Kent Streed and script review by Molly Berger, author of Hotel Dreams: Technology, Luxury, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929.

Anybody interested in providing items for the exhibit may arrange an appointment by calling (518) 891-4606 or emailing mail@historicsaranaclake.org.

The Saranac Laboratory Museum is located at 89 Church Street, Saranac Lake.

Photo courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake.

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