March 7, 2013

Hodson Hall to celebrate 100 years

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s Hodson Hall, once the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, marks a century this year. 

A Hodson Hall Birthday Party is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 11, complete with a cake and ice cream. 

Unless you were born or hospitalized in the brick building many years ago or studied at North Country Community College, you may not even be aware of its existence, says a press release  from the college.

In the early 1960s, the old hospital had become too small for the purpose.

After negotiations and diligent planning, it switched over to academia and, in fall 1968, hosted its first classes held at NCCC. 

Then, in 1988, the building was named after the college’s first president, Dr. George A. Hodson Jr., who served until 1976. 

Memorabilia supplied by Historic Saranac Lake and NCCC Radiology Program will be displayed inside the building at 23 Santanoni Ave. 

NCCC President Dr. Steve Tyrell is welcoming all to celebrate 100 years of service that Hodson Hall has given to support the health and well-being of the community.

“We will blow out the candles at 4 p.m., and everyone who has ever walked the halls of Hodson Hall or was born here or trained here is welcome to join us in the celebration,” he said in the release.

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