2020 Programs -Preliminary
All programs at Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa at 7 PM unless otherwise noted. For more info visit our web site www.saratogacountyhistoryroundtable.com
Thursday Jan 16 – Show and Tell-Sharing event. Bring a family picture or object and share your stories with the group. Looking for ten 5 minute presentations. Please notify SCHR of your item and topic (Jim Richmond and Anne Clothier) in advance so we can prepare a handout for attendees
Saturday Feb 22 -2 PM – Creating Oral History – We are pleased to welcome representatives from the Rutgers University Oral History project to provide a basic overview of conducting Oral History interviews to assist SCHR members as we launch our own oral history initiative.
Thursday March 19 – Researching the Other Half Genealogy Workshop Have you always wanted to dig into your family’s past, but didn’t know where to start? Join with member of Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County for a hands-on introduction to genealogy. Using Ancestry.com, Fulton History and Family Search we will research residents of the Saratoga County poorhouse circa 1900 provided by Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian.
Wednesday April 15 -The Brothers Low – Sam McKenzie, Brookside museum researcher, will discuss the lives of Isaac and Nicholas Low, successful 18thcentury merchants and land speculators. New York City men to the core, they nevertheless cast a long shadow in Northern New York State and in the Village of Ballston Spa in particular. One became embroiled in the politics of the War of Independence, and was destroyed by it. The other remained aloof and profited hugely. Their divergent paths and their influence on the early history of Saratoga County will be examined.
Saturday, May 9 – Field Trip Forest Park Amusement Park – Rick Reynolds, Town of Ballston historian will lead the tour of the early 20thcentury park built by the Schenectady Railway Company which operated from 1904 to 1927 on Ballston Lake.
Thursday May 14 – “Never to Come Again.” A Wilton Diary. Hamilton Craig, will present the story of Mary Brainard based on his research on her 1910 Diary. Event will be held at the Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino, jointly sponsored by the SSHM and the Saratoga County History Roundtable.
Wednesday, June 17 – Echoes from the Mill Maryann Fitzgerald, Saratoga Springs City Historian. For over 80 years Clark Textile, later the Van Raalte Mill, were a main source of employment in Saratoga County – come hear the mill workers stories
Saturday July 11 – Field Trip– Congress Park. Charlie Kuenzel, local historian and president of the Saratoga Springs History Museum will lead SCHR members and friends on a tour of Congress Park and the museum in the Canfield Casino.
Thursday, July 16 – This Old House. Walt Wheeler, architectural historian at Hartgen Associates will provide insight into the construction and age of area homes based on pictures provide by meeting attendees.
Thursday, August 13 – Living on the Water. Russ Vandervoort, Waterford Town Historian.The lifestyles of a Waterford Tug Boat Family, led by Louis Vandervoort, who lived and worked on the rivers and canals of New York State. They raised a family of six children, all but one followed in the boating business. From the 1880’s through the 1960’s they were well known in Tug Boat Society.
Wednesday, September 16 – Collecting Political Memorabilia. Bill McPherson will utilize his collection of political memorabilia to introduce the hobby and highlight opportunities to collect material related to your political and social causes.
Thursday, October 15 – Program related to 240thanniversary reenactment of the 1780 British raid on Middleline Road. Rick Reynolds, others. Details TBD
Wednesday, November 18 Saratoga County War Hero – Third annual SCHR program featuring local soldiers and sailors who served the nation throughout our history
December program TBD