SARANAC LAKE - U.S. Rep. Bill Owens will tour the Saranac Laboratory Museum this week.
The Democrat, who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, will visit the Church Street museum, which is operated by Historic Saranac Lake, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. This will be his first visit to the museum.
Historic Saranac Lake was recently awarded a provisional museum charter by the state of New York.
Rep. Bill Owens
(Enterprise file photo)
The building was founded in 1894 by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau as the nation's first laboratory for the study of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake acquired the property in 1997 and began its restoration. In 2007, the building opened to the public with exhibits. Pending funding, a new, professionally designed and fabricated exhibit telling the complete story of Saranac Lake could be installed in the building's John Black Room this spring.
"It is an honor to host a visit by Congressman Owens," Amy Catania, executive director of Historic Saranac Lake, said in a press release. "We are excited to tell him about the unique history of our village and to interest him in the work of our organization."
Catania said she looks forward to discussing with Owens a plan to install a wood pellet boiler in the museum. Owens is a member of the Congressional Biomass Caucus.