Save Brookside

Save Brookside Museum

AN OPEN TO LETTER TO SCHR MEMBERS AND ALL ADVOCATES OF OUR LOCAL HISTORY

History Buffs,

Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa which we consider the home of the Saratoga County History Roundtable, is facing the real possibly of having to close its doors due to lack of funds.

Since this situation first became known in mid-October, an ad-hoc group of Brookside supporters have banded together to insure this does not happen. At a meeting at the Museum on Monday October 21, a initiative to “Save Brookside Museum” was launched. A $100,000 appeal was outlined and is now being further developed by a Core Team consisting of seven members- Board members Ervin Murray, Sander Bonvell, Donna Dardaris and Jon Hallgren; Museum Director Michelle Arthur; and SCHR members John Cromie and Jim Richmond. SCHS and SCHR have both issued press releases to bring this issue to the Saratoga County community and beyond.

How can we help? In several ways. Most immediately, the Museum needs a cash infusion of at least $50,000 by year end and another $50,000 during the first quarter 2020 to remain open and continue their programs. As of October 21, over $10,000 has already be raised from a small number of donors. You can help build on that by making a donation through Network For Good on the Brookside website. Please follow the link below.

Secondly, A Task Force has been formed to evaluate Brookside’s current operations and prepare a business plan to place the Museum on a sustainable path to financial viability. Much more on that in coming weeks, but we would ask that each of you consider how you can help. 

You may have ideas for new programs, grants, or fund-raising events. You may have insights into what other history museums do. You may have contacts in the community that can help. You may be willing to be part of an expanded volunteer staff to breathe new life into the museum. If you do, please let us know so the Task Force can maintain a list of these ideas and proceed in an organized fashion. You will be kept in the loop on these efforts going forward. Please share your thoughts and ideas via e-mail to

SaratogaCoHistoryRoundtable@gmail.com

We see this as both a challenge and an opportunity. Please join with us to save and revitalize Brookside Museum!

Jim Richmond,

SCHR Coordinator