Historic Saranac Lake is crafting exciting new exhibits for our expanded museum campus. While we grow our collection and exhibits we want to connect with your Saranac Lake memories. Use the form to share your favorite local memory. Tell us what's important to you!
Thank you to all essential workers! We are so grateful to the people who keep Saranac Lake running! We will be displaying thank you notes to the essential employees of Saranac Lake in the windows of the Cure Porch on Wheels behind the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Help us say thank you! Write, draw, or paint a note to the essential workers you appreciate and mail it to Historic Saranac Lake at 89 Church Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983 to be displayed in the Porch. Don't have any stamps? Fill out the form below to send us your thank you. We'll print it out and display it in the Porch!
Saranac Lake’s tuberculosis economy depended on the labor of many essential workers. In honor of today’s heroes, here are a few favorite stories of brave helpers in local history.
Nurses and doctors risked their own health providing care and companionship to tuberculosis patients far from home. Our museum archive is full of hundreds of photos and stories of these courageous women and men. In her book, Wish I Might, Isabel Smith writes warmly about her doctor, Francis B. Trudeau. He is somewhat overshadowed in history by his famous father, founder of Saranac Lake’s TB industry, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. But Francis was widely respected for his kindness and his fierce dedication to his patients. Ms. Smith described his “inimitable hearty roar of good spirits which, then and always, enveloped me like a blaze of sunlight.”
Tune in Tuesdays and Saturdays for our new Live from the Porch! series. We're live streaming solo concerts by local musicians outside the Porch. Follow us on Facebook to catch the concerts live! Today Keith Gorgas performed an original song, I Want to Go to Saranac. It was a favorite to sing during Gorgas family road trips up to Saranac Lake!
Many Saranac Lakers find themselves heading outside during these unsettling times. In the woods around us we find a sense of peace, a place where human worries and sickness feel far away. In fact, the natural environment of the Adirondacks is at the heart of our history as a center for tuberculosis treatment. The fresh air and beauty of the region was believed to restore both body and spirit alike, and thousands came here from around the world in search of the fresh air cure.
Introducing Talking Points, a ten part series on how to conduct oral history interviews! Historic Saranac Lake's oral history coordinator Kayt Gochenaur shares tips and tricks for successful oral history interviews. She will be covering everything from interviewing people experiencing memory loss, to what to do after an interview. Stay tuned every Sunday for the next installment!
From the Porch
We're posting all the latest news, videos, and stories from Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project and Cure Porch on Wheels here. Stay tuned for Talking Points on Sunday, Live from the Porch on Tuesday and Saturdays, and other weekly offerings!