The Saratoga County History Center, in partnership with the Saratoga County History Roundtable, has announced the opening of a new exhibit at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, NY, to celebrate Black History Month: “Black Experiences in Saratoga County, 1750-1950.”
The exhibit explores the diverse lives of African Americans in Saratoga County from the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century. It focuses on the struggles and hardships, as well as the stories of their persistence and success. Displays will feature little-known events, as well as objects and memorabilia that bring to life the men and women who were often the heart and soul of Saratoga society.
The new exhibit is a product of research by a team of local historians brought together by the History Center: Jim Richmond, Saratoga County History Roundtable; Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian; Anne Clothier, Saratoga County History Center; Maryann Fitzgerald, Saratoga Springs City Historian; Kendall Hicks, Exalted Ruler of the Frederick Allen Elks Lodge of Saratoga Springs; and Lorie Wies, Saratoga Springs Public Library.
The exhibit will be open at Brookside Museum (6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa) on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm, beginning February 6th. Hours will be expanded in the spring and summer. It is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.
For more information visit the Saratoga County History Center website.
Photo of Black Elks Parade on Beekman Street 1967 courtesy George S. Bolster Collection, Saratoga Springs History Museum.