The Trouble Begins in Hartford: The Development of the “Fresh Air” Treatment for Tuberculosis

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to announce the rescheduled date to welcome Chessie Monks-Kelly to the Trouble Begins stage for her lecture: The House that Trudeau Built: The Development of the “Fresh Air” Treatment for Tuberculosis.

Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau came to the Adirondacks expecting to die of consumption, or tuberculosis; his recovery led to a booming health industry that lasted 70 years and brought close to 100,000 people to the mountains seeking a cure. Trudeau arrived in Saranac Lake from New York City in 1873, and dedicated the rest of his life to understanding, treating, and preventing the disease. Historic Saranac Lake Archivist / Curator Chessie Monks-Kelly will present on Saranac Lake’s legacy as a tuberculosis destination, and discuss the treatment, research, and people that put the tiny village on the map across the world. Learn more about the man who changed the way the country approached tuberculosis and offered hope patients from all walks of life. Monks-Kelly will also share about the collections available at Historic Saranac Lake, the organization’s growing museum, and the current state of the unique community built around this deadly disease.

This is a FREE HYBRID event sponsored by CT Humanities and the Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, New York.
In-Person Event: FREE. REGISTER HERE<>.
Livestream: FREE. REGISTER HERE<> .

In-person attendees are invited to come to the Museum center early to visit this year’s summer exhibition For Business or Pleasure? Twain’s Summer Sojourns which highlights the Clemens family’s American-based summer vacations. Learn more about the exhibit by CLICKING HERE<>.  Virtual attendees will receive a link to watch live via YouTube.

Chessie Monks-Kelly is the Archivist / Curator at Historic Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Chessie has a deep love for local history. She manages Historic Saranac Lake’s collections, plans public programming, coordinates social media outreach, and maintains the organization’s two historic buildings. She is passionate about making the community’s history accessible to all, and finding new connections to the tuberculosis industry that made Saranac Lake famous. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management. Chessie has lived in Saranac Lake with her husband Andy and their two cats for more than ten years, and they work on fixing up their historic cure cottage in their spare time. She visited the Mark Twain House  on school and Girl Scout field trips many times while growing up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and is excited to share the unique history of her chosen village with more people!