SARANAC LAKE - The executive director of Historic Saranac Lake, one of its founding members, is stepping down but staying with the organization as architectural historian.
"I am excited about the change," Mary Hotaling said in a prepared statement. "It will allow me to focus on a few key projects, such as the republication of Dr. E.L. Trudeau's autobiography."
Amy Catania, the current programs manager, will be taking over as executive director.
Historic Saranac Lake's origins go back to 1978, when a committee of concerned citizens began to meet to discuss preserving the village's historic architecture. Hotaling was there at the founding, and she was hired as director in 1982.
Catania came to Historic Saranac Lake in 2007 after developing an interest in area history while researching Latin Americans who came here to cure for tuberculosis. Since coming to the group, she has written grants, published brochures and newsletters, organized events, coordinated volunteers and helped coordinate a new Web site on area history, www.hsl.wikispot.org.
Historic Saranac Lake is based in the old Saranac Laboratory on Church Street. The group has two exhibits there: one on World War I's impact on Saranac Lake and one about the history of tuberculosis and scientific research in the village.
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