The Ballston Area History Roundtable has announced they have changed their name to the Saratoga County History Roundtable. The new name is in recognition of the expansion of the membership, programs, and community history-related projects of the group.
The mission of the organization is to deepen the understanding of local history through presentations, discussion groups and research by history buffs throughout Saratoga County.
The Roundtable in an independent group that functions in close collaboration with the Saratoga County Historical Society and considers Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa as their home base. Monthly programs are held there or at other locations throughout the county.
Among the initiatives during the first year as BAHR has been the establishment of a website which includes information on past and future programs, promotion of upcoming county-wide history events, and a blog where presenters share information on their programs for the benefit of anyone interested in their topics.
The Roundtable has also re-launched The Gristmill – Saratoga County History Journal, originally published by Brookside Museum from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. The Journal is published quarterly and is available both online at the SCHR website and at local libraries, museums and community venues.
Currently, several local historians and SCHR members have undertaken a project to expand the online accessibly of existing oral history narratives held by local municipalities, libraries and private history organizations. Future initiatives include the creation of additional oral narratives, local history activities with area schools, and joint outreach events with Brookside Museum at the Saratoga County Fair and other local venue.
The next program of the Saratoga County History Roundtable will be held at Historic Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford, New York, on Wednesday May 15 at 7 pm. Clifton Park Historian, John Scherer will present a program entitled “Digging up the Past” on some of the more interesting experiences he has encountered in researching the history of Clifton Park. Scherer will speak on discoveries and the serendipitous manner in which they came to light.
For further information on the SCHR, to join, or see learn about their upcoming programs, visit their website or e-mail SaratogaCoHistoryRoundtable@gmail.com.