Staying connected is especially important during this time of social distancing! A simple phone call can go a long way to supporting our most vulnerable community members.
Oral history interviews are a wonderful community building tool. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.hslstories.org/get-involved.html to get involved!
In the past week I have found such joy in the personal calls and emails shared with so many of you. Thank you for staying in touch. I hope this letter finds you all safe and well.
As a member of our email list, you understand that by paying attention to the lives of those who came before us, we enrich our own experience of the present. I am finding this particularly true right now. I would like to share with you a weekly letter to help us connect with our history and with each other. As a shout-out to our fresh air history, I’m going to call these “letters from the porch.”
Many years ago, Saranac Lake rallied to fight a deadly disease. Today’s news sure has us thinking about our local history.
Tuberculosis killed 1 in 7 people in the late 1800s. Highly contagious and with no known cure, fear and stigma surrounded TB. Unlike the new virus we face today, many of its victims were young people in their 20s. Like today, quarantine was often seen as an appropriate solution, and sometimes people were isolated against their will. A person’s ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status affected the kinds of treatments available.
On March 7th and 8th, the Cure Porch on Wheels could be found at Lake Colby Beach outside the weigh station for the Colby Classic Fishing Derby. Ice fishing is an important tradition in the Adirondacks. This was the 36th annual fishing derby, and many of the fishermen attending had been to all 36!
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!