The Saratoga County History Center has announced a series of events to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American War for Independence in 2025.
In August 2021, a special America250 committee was appointed by History Center president Jere Blackwelder to work with other agencies and associations to celebrate American independence and educate the public on the Saratoga County’s place in that history.
The committee is composed of Sean Kelleher, Chair and History Center Vice President; Anne Clothier, History Center Education Director; Paul Supley, Reenactor and Historic Presenter; Sara Kipp, Director, Stillwater Public Library; Jim Richmond, Author and Founder of the Saratoga County History Roundtable; and Marie Frankson, Author.
The committee is expected to work with the Saratoga County 250th Anniversary Commission, the New York State 250th Commemoration Commission, and the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission’s America250 Foundation. Exhibits, public events, and family-friendly activities are already in the works.
Scheduled events include:
“My Zeal and Cause for My Country: Benedict Arnold in 1777” on October 21st at 7 pm, via Zoom. Eric Schnizter, military historian and park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, will be the October speaker for the popular “Experts Next Door” series. Register online.
A book launch event for Saratoga County Stories on October 23rd from 2 to 5 pm at the Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St, Ballston Spa. Meet the contributing authors and editorial team of Saratoga County Stories, a collection of essays and articles from local historians which include several pieces on the Revolutionary era. Purchase copies of the book and have them signed by authors.
“The Revolutionary War in the Adirondacks” on October 30th from 1 to 3 pm at the Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St, Ballston Spa. Meet local historian Marie Danielle Annette Williams, author of The Revolutionary War in the Adirondacks: Raids in the Wilderness (The History Press, 2020). The book, which describes the British and Loyalist raids that took place in upstate New York after British General Burgoyne’s 1777 campaign, will be available for purchase and signing.
“Jane McCrea: A Revolutionary Martyr and an Early American Family Story” on December 14th at 7 pm via Zoom. Blake Grindon, Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, will explore and examine the life and legacy of Jean McCrea. Best remembered as the focus of anti-Indian and anti-British Patriot propaganda that followed her death during the Saratoga Campaign in 1777, further investigation reveals her role in an interconnected world of colonial wars and Native politics stretching back long before the American Revolution.
For more information visit the Saratoga County History Center website.
Painting of George Washington during American Revolution.