It goes without saying that the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has become a traditional mid winter event in the Adirondacks that many local residents and tourists alike count on year after year to provide a respite from the doldrums of the winter. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival began as just such an opportunity and in the early days of the Ice Palace, architectural firms were commissioned by by Edward Livingston Trudeau to build the Ice Palace. In those days, the palaces were elaborately built with the help of T.B. patients who had plenty of time on their hands and needed to be outside in the cold. Mary Hotaling is editing the original biography of Dr Edward Livingston Trudeau and we asked her to spend some time with us talking about those original Ice Palaces and the evolution of Winter Carnival and the Ice Palace over the years into what it is today.
This conversation was originally recorded during the 2013 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival and re-aired on WNBZ Friday January 24th. Since then, we’ve reported on several projects Mary is involved with, including the unveiling of the original text of Dr Trudeau’s Biography at a special event in the Board Room at Trudeau Institute. During this K&J show we’ll talk more about her participation in the planned update of Dr Trudeau’s Biography which she is helping to edit.