Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m., local storyteller Bob Seidenstein will lead a tour of Pine Ridge Cemetery.
The cemetery began as a burial place for the Moody family, Saranac Lake's first settlers. It grew to encompass the old St. Bernard's Cemetery and the Hebrew Memorial Cemetery, as well as the lots surrounding them. The inclusion of three faiths in one burial ground emphasizes the pluralistic nature of the village and Saranac Lake's willingness to accept diversity at a time when Jews and Catholics were victims of discrimination elsewhere. Many of Saranac Lake's prominent doctors are buried here, along with Norwegian Seamen, guideboat builders, and architects.
Bob Seidenstein grew up in Saranac Lake and has worked as a professor of English at Paul Smith’s College since 1973. Bob has loosely titled this tour, “Helping the Dead Come Alive.”
Admission for the tour is $10 per person to benefit Historic Saranac Lake and the Pine Ridge Cemetery Association, a volunteer organization which maintains the historic cemetery. The tour will meet at 1 p.m. at the vault on the cemetery grounds.