Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) has announced that Chessie Monks will serve as the new Public Programs Coordinator for the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Monks has a master’s degree in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College in Boston.
In a statement to the press HSL Executive Director Amy Catania said, “The addition of Chessie to the staff will allow us to better connect with the public through improved exhibits, additional programming, and increased hours of operation. We’re so pleased that Chessie is joining our team and know that her enthusiasm and experience will serve us well.”
The new Public Programs Coordinator position is supported by a Regional Economic Development Council grant through New York State Council on the Arts.
The Saranac Laboratory Museum is now open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00. Starting in June, the museum will also be open on Thursday evenings until 7:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00. The expanded hours will continue through mid October.
The museum will unveil two new exhibits on June 5th: “Medical Marvels,” an exhibition of antique medical devices, featuring artifacts on special loan arrangement from Ripley Entertainment, Inc., and a new permanent exhibition in the main laboratory space.
Museum admission is $5, members and children free of charge. Call Historic Saranac Lake at 518-891-4606 for more information.
Photo: Chessie Monks in the Winter Carnival parade. Courtesy of Mark Kurtz.