Posts Tagged ‘Historic Saranac Lake’

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘Lost Buildings of Saranac Lake’ on Display

Model of the Berkeley Hotel by John WheelerAn exhibition of models by John Wheeler of the lost buildings of Saranac Lake was revealed on Friday, November 30th. The exhibit, titled “Remember When?” will be displayed for the holiday season in the windows of the former Sears building at 66 Main Street. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cure Porch on Wheels Project Moving Forward

Blue Moon Builders installing custom made sliding windows on the Cure Porch Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a grant to support the Cure Porch on Wheels project in 2019. The New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has approved $16,000 to support programming on Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history booth and mobile exhibit space.

This is the latest of a number of grants that have supported the project. In 2018, a NYSCA Museum Program grant supported the construction of the Cure Porch on Wheels.

The Cure Porch on Wheels project is modeled on the cure porches of Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people from around the world came to take the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Historic Saranac Lake Plans Trudeau Acquisition, Expansion

The E. L. Trudeau home and office, 118 Main Street, c. 1900. The Board of Directors of Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) has announced a plan to pursue acquisition and redevelopment of the former Trudeau home and medical offices at 118 Main Street, Saranac Lake.

The initial conceptual design include restoration of the building’s exterior. The entry level is expected to host museum exhibits, collections storage, and a museum store that will expand upon HSL’s existing exhibits at the Saranac Laboratory Museum nearby. Additional possibilities for the first floor include public space for arts and cultural events, and office space. The second floor will host unique apartments to complement the historic location. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Women In Silent Film Event In Saranac Lake Thursday

Nickelodeon store show 1920s, main entrance courtesy Women Film Pioneers ProjectOn Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm, Barbara Tepa Lupack will present a talk on women in silent movies as part of Historic Saranac Lake’s History Matters Speaker Series.

Lupack will present clips from silent films of the 1910s and 1920s and discuss the roles of women in those films and in a changing society. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nessmuk’s Relative to Talk at Historic Saranac Lake Thursday

Will Madison paddles Brown's Tract Inlet in Raquette LakeThe nineteenth-century writings of George W. Sears – best known as Nessmuk – have inspired countless Adirondack paddlers, including his great-great-great-grandson Will Madison.

In September 2015, then 22-year-old St. Lawrence University graduate retraced much of Nessmuk’s 1883 canoe trip from the Old Forge area to Paul Smiths and back.

At 7 pm on Thursday, Madison will talk about that trip and his ties to Nessmuk during a slideshow presentation at the Saranac Laboratory Museum in Saranac Lake. The presentation is sponsored by Historic Saranac Lake and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. It is part of Celebrate Paddling month in Saranac Lake. The event is free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Roaring Twenties Exhibit Opening At Historic Saranac Lake

saranac lake roaring twenties posterHistoric Saranac Lake has invited visitors to step back in time to explore the 1920s with a new exhibit Wednesday, May 31 at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. “The Roaring Twenties: Check in to a Grand Hotel” explores the decade through the context of a grand hotel of the era and celebrates the upcoming reopening of the restored Hotel Saranac. Visitors can explore spaces in the 1920s hotel such as a guest room, a ballroom, and a speakeasy.

Local artists, Hannah Gochenaur, Morgan Paul, and Maria DeAngelo painted the mural backdrops. Pendragon Theatre Costume and Set Designer, Kent Streed, consulted on the project early on, helping to brainstorm key theatrical features. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Traveling Cure Porch Mobile Exhibition Space Planned

Feisthamel-Edelberg Cure Cottage Photo Courtesy Historic Saranac Lake.The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Historic Saranac Lake for design of the Traveling Cure Porch, a mobile exhibition space that will host community-based history and arts programs.

Cure porches are ubiquitous in Saranac Lake, where tens of thousands of people came from around the world for the “fresh air cure” for tuberculosis. Hundreds of local homes that catered to patients feature these glass-enclosed porches with movable windows.

Historic Saranac Lake’s focus of the first phase of the Traveling Cure Porch Project is to design a sturdy, low cost, mobile space and plan for its construction and use in 2018. HSL is working with Jesse Schwartzberg of Black Mountain Design Build, to create a design.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Historic Saranac Lake Hires Oral History Coordinator

Aurora WheelerHistoric Saranac Lake announced that it has added Aurora Wheeler to its staff, in the position of Oral History Coordinator. Wheeler will be planning and overseeing the expansion of Historic Saranac Lake’s Oral History Project.

Prior to joining the staff of Historic Saranac Lake, Wheeler held positions at the Adirondack Museum, Paul Smith’s College VIC, and Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. At the Adirondack Museum, she worked in Institutional Advancement on the For Generations capital campaign. A graduate of Harvard University, she has experience in fundraising, marketing, filmmaking and digital storytelling, museum education, and recently completed a fellowship in digital media content production with Organizing for Action in Chicago. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 7, 2016

Historic Saranac Lake to Feature “Hotel Hope” Film

Will Rogers adHistoric Saranac Lake (HSL) will hold its 36th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7 pm at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. The meeting will feature a presentation by filmmaker Jim Griebsch of a newly updated version of “Hotel Hope: the Story of Will Rogers Hospital.”

The evening will also feature the unveiling of an artifact donated to HSL by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. The meeting is open to members of Historic Saranac Lake and those who are interested in becoming members. Light refreshments will be served.

Historic Saranac Lake contracted with Jim Griebsch to produce the historical film in 2015. Special historian for Will Rogers Memorial Hospital Leslie Hoffman provided research assistance. Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum, and Art and Museum Consultant, assisted with research and writing. Originally planned to be a short film of under fifteen minutes, the project grew to feature original film footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital. In 2016, the film was updated with additional footage. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Historic Saranac Lake to Commemorate Trudeau’s Birthday

saranac labratory museumWednesday, October 5th marks Dr. E. L. Trudeau’s 168th birthday. A pioneer in the fields of medicine and science, Trudeau shaped the character of Saranac Lake as a world-famous health resort for people suffering from tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) will celebrate the occasion of his birth by offering two special tours.

A tour the grounds of the former Trudeau Sanatorium will meet at 10:30 am at the Park Avenue gates of the American Management Association. A guided tour of the Saranac Laboratory Museum will also be offered that afternoon, provided by Executive Director Amy Catania. The museum tour starts at 2 pm. Both tours are $5/person. Members of HSL and children are free of charge. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

A New Biography of Dr. E. L. Trudeau

a rare romance in medicine book coverHistoric Saranac Lake has announced the release of a major biography of Dr. E. L. Trudeau by Mary B. Hotaling. The book, entitled A Rare Romance in Medicine: The Life and Legacy of Edward Livingston Trudeau, is now available to purchase from Historic Saranac Lake, and will soon be for sale in local bookstores.

The new biography expands upon Dr. Trudeau’s autobiography, published posthumously in 1915. The doctor’s great-great-grandson, Doonesbury Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, wrote the Foreword. Dr. Andrea Cooper, former Francis B. Trudeau Chair in Tuberculosis and Related Research at the Trudeau Institute, and Dr. Ian Orme, professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University, contributed the closing chapter. The final chapter sets Dr. Trudeau’s work in the context of the continuing study of the cellular immune response to TB. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Saranac Laboratory Museum Free Admission Days for Residents

Petrova Elementary 4th graders on a recent field trip to the Saranac Laboratory MuseumHistoric Saranac Lake has announced a monthly free admission day for residents of the Saranac Lake School District. On the last Saturday of every month, through September, the Saranac Laboratory Museum will be free of charge for all local residents. Admission to the Museum is normally $5 for adults, and children are always free of charge. Admission is also free for Members of Historic Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Saranac Lake ‘History Matters’ Speaker Series Expanded

history mattersHistoric Saranac Lake announces an expanded “History Matters” Speaker Series beginning this month. This new series will feature an event each month for the rest of 2016. The expanded series will include presentations by Dr. Ian Orme on the state of tuberculosis today, Dr. Neil A. Holtzman on Dr. Norman Bethune, and Mary-Nell Bockman on historic preservation in Cuba. Dates for each of the presentations will be announced soon.

The series will kick off this Thursday, May 18, with a presentation entitled “Mythbusting the National Register of Historic Places,” which aims to help the owners of historic properties understand the benefits of the register. Rich in history and architecture, Saranac Lake is home to six historic districts and numerous individually-listed properties on the National Register of Historic Places. This means that most of the historic homes or businesses in Saranac Lake are eligible for or already on the National Register. The Register recognizes properties that are historically and architecturally significant in communities across the country. » Continue Reading.


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.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 9, 2015

State Plans To Give Lake Placid Train One More Season

Adirondack Scenic RailroadThe state will allow Adirondack Scenic Railroad to run its tourist trains for just one more season on the tracks between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, according to a final proposal by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and state Department of Transportation.

In the proposal, released last week, the departments are sticking with their original plan to remove 34 miles of track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake – the north end of a 119-mile rail corridor owned by the state. » Continue Reading.