In March of 2020 Historic Saranac Lake's oral history project began documenting the impact of COVID-19 on our community. We asked locals to share their experience via phone interviews and it became our practice to end each interview with a question unrelated to the pandemic:
"What is the first sign of spring?"
What started out as a lighthearted question to end interviews, evolved into a celebration of spring that we looked forward to every time.
As the weather warms up, we have moved to conducting socially-distant interviews with the passerby outside the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Though these interviews are much shorter, we're still taking some time to ask about the first signs of spring. Learn more about how we continue to document the impact of COVID-19 here.
While the oral history project was asking locals about the signs of spring, Historic Saranac Lake executive director Amy Catania was photographing those signs. She has taken daily photos of Moody Pond since the first days of New York on Pause--back when there was still ice on the pond.
We've joined our two projects together to create a celebration of spring in the North Country! The photos begin March 15, 2020 through the present day and are only a selection of Amy's daily photos. This project is ongoing! Use the survey below to share your own response: