Seidenstein leads cemetery tour Saturday

SARANAC LAKE – Historic Saranac Lake will offer a tour of St. Bernard’s Cemetery Saturday with local storyteller Bob Seidenstein leading the way.

The cemetery of St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake is located on Ampersand Avenue at the intersection with Forest Home Road. Headstones in the cemetery date to 1918. Among those buried here are long-time Saranac Lake mayor Charles Keough; village historian John Duquette; skating champion Edmund Lamy; baseball great Larry Doyle, New York Giants second baseman, and the last patient to leave Trudeau Sanatorium; and Herbert Clark, the first 46er. Roman Catholics were also buried in the Catholic section of Pine Ridge Cemetery.

Seidenstein grew up in Saranac Lake and is a professor of English at Paul Smith’s College. A local storyteller, he writes a weekly column for the Enterprise, “The InSeide Dope.”

He has loosely titled this tour, “Helping the Dead Come Alive.”

“I look at my role as not letting the people and their lives fade into obscurity,” Seidenstein said. “While, objectively, all of us are “average” people, none of us live average lives. And I like to discover, share, and celebrate the uniqueness of the people of My

Home Town.”

Admission for the tour is $5 per person to benefit Historic Saranac Lake. The tour will

meet at 10:30 a.m., rain, snow or shine, at the cemetery gates at the intersection of Ampersand Avenue and Forest Home Road.