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William Morris Talent Agency keeps legacy alive in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE The William Morris Talent Agency continues the good works of the late talent agent William Morris. A recent donation was made to the Adirondack Carousel project in Saranac Lake by the prestigious talent agency through the Lastfogel Foundation. The Carousel to be located in the William Morris Park at the corner of Depot Street and Bloomingdale Avenue will bring a fusion of art, education, and entertainment and offer new resources for the local community and tourists alike. In 1903 New York City talent agent William Morris came to Saranac Lake to recuperate from tuberculosis, and was instrumental in bringing performers to the area who entertained others in recovery from the disease. William Morris and his wife Emma quickly became taken with the village of Saranac Lake and the community. In 1911 the family purchased land on Lake Colby and built Camp Intermission. Mr. and Mrs. Morris were involved with local civic groups and charities. In 1919 Emma Morris helped establish the Day Nursery in a house located at Depot and Bloomingdale. The Day Nursery provided a day care for children of working parents. In 1938 Mrs. Morris presented the deed of the property, now known as The William Morris Memorial Playground, to the Village of Saranac Lake with the assurance that the property would be developed as a playground for the community. Norman Brokaw, the current CEO of the William Morris Agency made the following statement. We are proud to continue the legacy created by William Morris. The park, created for children, will continue to be a vital resource with the addition of the Adirondack Carousel. The Carousel will be used as a springboard for education programs in math, science, nature and the environment, as well as traditional arts of the region that will be held in the year-round pavilion that will enclose the Carousel. The Adirondack Carousel is a non profit organization working to build a full size childrens carousel in Saranac Lake. To learn more about this project and how you can Join the Ride. Visit www.adirondackcarousel.org or call 891-9521.

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