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Former nurse bids adieu to patients, tends to history

Susan McLane serving tea from a pot of the Victorian era. She’ll be presenting a program on the Titanic at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa on Sunday, April 15.

Susan McLane serving tea from a pot of the Victorian era. She’ll be presenting a program on the Titanic at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa on Sunday, April 15.

— Clothier has known McLane for years and was bitten by the history bug after seeing her at one of her events when she was a teenager. McLane says that Clothier’s mom would drive her to various events and eventually Clothier became a member of the Victorian Social Club.

“I heard about her Titanic Program, and with it being the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic…I thought there was an interesting tie with Saratoga and the local relevance. The whole mystery piqued my interest,” said Clothier.

According to Clothier, Thompson was recognized by some of his Corinthian neighbors in a May 7, 1912 clipping that appeared in The Saratogian about survivors of the Titanic with local ties.

Clothier estimates that Thompson was in his 30s or 40s at the time of the Titanic tragedy. She is still researching Thompson’s travels and hopes to reveal more about them in the near future.

McLane is the recipient of many awards for her work, including one from the Capital District Architectural Association, which drafted a proclamation in recognition of her research and educating the public. Since1990 she has also sold garments to Ralph Lauren’s people and other fashion designers who look to vintage clothing for inspiration.

For more information on the April 18 presentation and others at Brookside, visit brooksidemuseum.org

For more information on McLane and her programs, you can call 736-2855.

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