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Students go back in time with cemetery tour

November 15, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - One recent fall day, Saranac Lake fifth graders enjoyed a walk back in time.

On Oct. 17, Historic Saranac Lake led walking tours for 60 students down historic Main Street, to the Cure Cottage Museum on Helen Hill and through Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Teachers Polly Grebe, Meg Archer and Mary Beth Preall helped out as tour guides. At the Cure Cottage Museum, students met Historic Saranac Lake volunteer Nancy Murphy, who acted the role of a TB patient on her cure porch.

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Fifth graders from Saranac Lake are seen Oct. 17 during a historic tour of the Pine Ridge Cemetery.
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"Students were really curious about the cemetery," said Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania. "For many of them, it was their first visit to the historic site. It is a beautiful and spot, and an excellent place to inspire a interest in our history."

The Pine Ridge Cemetery Association recently published a new brochure which helped inform the cemetery tour. Students visited the Hebrew Memorial Cemetery and the monument to the 25 members of the Ring family who were killed during the Holocaust. Students learned about the poet Adelaide Crapsey, who from her cure porch overlooking the cemetery, wrote the poem, "To the Dead in the Grave-Yard under my Window." Students also visited the graves of the Norwegian Sailors.



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