2020 Programs

2020 Programs

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

***Portions of this program will be presented on-line during May. Stay tuned for further details.***

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

***The presentation is on line at  https://facebook.com/brookside museum and You Tube/Brookside Museum. Also, an accompanying article is available on our Past Meetings page.***

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 

***To be rescheduled – please check back for further updates.***

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 28 – “Never to Come Again.” A Wilton Diary. 

The planned program on the 1910 Wilton Diary – Never to Come Again – will now be presented on Facebook Live by Caffe Lena on Thursday, May 28 at 12 noon. Co-sponsored by the Town of Wilton, The Saratoga Springs History Museum and the  Saratoga County History Roundtable, researcher Hamilton Craig will follow Mary (Gailor) Brainard as she chronicles the daily life of small farmers in Wilton as the market economy increasingly encroached on rural life. Introduction by Field Horne, comments by Karen James, Wilton town historian. Please follow the link below to join on Thursday noon.

Wednesday, June 17 – Echoes from the Mill

This program with be presented on-line Wednesday, June 17 at 7 PM at https://facebook.com/brookside museum.

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. 

***To be rescheduled – please check back for further updates.***

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

***To be rescheduled – please check back for further updates.***

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