Saranac Laboratory Focus of Tour, Book Event


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Historic Saranac Lake is preparing for the visit of Patricia Reiss Brooks on July 20th. Brooks, the author of Mountain Shadows, will head a walking tour starting at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Saranac Lake at 10:30 am. The free event includes an inside look of the Morse Cure Cottage on Shepard St. that is just like the cottage where the characters in Mountain Shadows play out their lives. The walk will continue on to the Cure Cottage Museum on Helen Hill.

The walk will be followed by a brown bag lunch at the Saranac Laboratory, where Brooks will talk about gathering information for the creation of Mountain Shadows and will include glimpses into the life in the area in the twenties. Brooks will entertain questions and autograph copies of Mountain Shadows. A portion of all sales will benefit Historic Saranac Lake.

Mountain Shadows is an historic love story that portrays the Cure Cottage life for TB patients as well as the Prohibition era rum-running, the Lake Placid Club, the Adirondack area at the time, and the early treatment of tuberculosis in Saranac Lake.

Brooks is a native of Lake Placid and a graduate of St. Bernards and Lake Placid Central. Her father, Julian Reiss came to the area in the twenties to “take the cure.” He stayed to raise his family, never leaving the mountains that gave him back his health.

Historic Saranac Lake, the event’s sponsor, is a not for profit architectural preservation organization that captures and presents local history from their center at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. In case of rain, just the chat with the author and booking signing will start at noon at the Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church St.

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