The Saratoga County History Center has announced their upcoming history events for the months of October and November, including talks with local historians, virtual events, Heritage Hunter’s annual conference, and more.
Upcoming events include:
On October 10th at 3 pm Dave Fiske, local historian, will speak on “When Hollywood Came to Ballston Spa: Filming The Way We Were” at the Real McCoy Beer Company located in the history Doubleday House, 28 Washington Street, Ballston Spa. A walk along Front Street will follow the talk.
On October 13th at 7 pm League of Women Voters of Saratoga County and Saratoga Springs Public Library will sponsor a Community Conversation: Would You Vote for the Equal Rights Amendment? Attendees will take part in an engaging community conversation that will look back to women’s rights advocates as they worked to secure the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Participants will discuss and debate these questions based on readings from the Case Method Project of the Harvard Business School. Links to readings will be sent to program registrants in advance. Thomas Bryson, Schuylerville High School teacher & Syracuse University Project Advance Adjunct Instructor will lead the discussion online via the Zoom meeting platform. Register online.
On October 14th at 6:30 pm during “Who is Saint Isaac Joques? And Why Does He Matter?” Saratoga Town Historian Sean Kelleher will explore how this region of natural landscapes became the central scene in the 17th Century for the life and martyr of Saint Isaac Joques. Joques’s life inspired many people, including pilgrims to discover, honor, celebrate, and share the heritage and stories of this region. More information can be found online.
On October 16th from 9 am to 3:15 pm Heritage Hunter’s annual conference will be held via Zoom with popular genealogy lecturer, Margaret Fortier on a variety of subjects including Lost in Translation: Deciphering Foreign Names, Places and Documents and French Canadian Genealogy. $15 for HH members & $25 for others. For more information call Ginny Humphrey at (518) 885-9309.
On October 18th at 9:30 am is Commemoration of the American Victory at Saratoga at Fort Hardy Park beach on Ferry Street in Schuylerville. Attendees will join the School, Village and Town for the 244th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga surrender with cannons, patriotic speeches, wreath laying, reenactments and the tradition 13 toasts.
On October 19th at 6:30 pm Malta Town Historian Paul Perreult will talk about the Malta Rocket Test Station where early rocket motors, including the captured German V-2 rockets were tested in Luther Forest. The program will be held in the Malta Branch of the Round Lake Library. Masks are required, advanced registration is required and can be completed online or by calling (518) 682-2495.
On October 21st at 7 pm Join Eric Schnizter, military historian and park ranger at Saratoga National Historical Park, will present his talk: “My Zeal and Cause for My Country: Benedict Arnold in 1777.” This will be a virtual event as part of the Expert Next Door series via Zoom. Register online.
On October 23rd from 2 to 5 pm will be “Saratoga County Stories.” Meet the contributing authors and the editorial team of Saratoga County Stories, a collection of essays and articles from local historians, the book is aimed at the general public, and will delight readers of all ages with snapshots of the past and true tales of crime, heroism, and colorful personalities. Purchase copies of the book and have their editions signed at Brookside Museum.
On October 30th from 1 to 3 pm will be “The Revolutionary War in the Adirondacks.” 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 is aimed at the general public and describes the British and Loyalist raids that took place around Upstate and Western New York after British General Burgoyne’s 1777 campaign and the actions taken by Patriots to end the raids. Books will be available for signing and purchasing at Brookside Museum.
On November 7th from 2 to 4 pm will be “Saratoga County Stories.” Meet the contributing authors and the editorial team of Saratoga County Stories, a collection of essays and articles from local historians, the book is aimed at the general public, and will delight readers of all ages with snapshots of the past and true tales of crime, heroism, and colorful personalities. Purchase copies of the book and have their editions signed at Groom Tavern Sugar Hill Road, Rexford.
On November 15th at 7 pm SCHR will present a program on “Collecting Political Americana” at Brookside Museum. Bill McPherson will introduce the hobby of collecting political memorabilia. The vast array of objects collected will be explored and the presentation will feature items from his own collection, including items of local interest.
The Saratoga County History Center is located at 6 Charlton Street in Ballston Spa, and is open Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, Friday from 1 to 6 pm. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information visit their website.