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James Madison Portrayal Planned For Saratoga


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Kyle JenksThe Saratoga Historical Society will hold their annual meeting at the Saratoga Springs History Museum (Canfield Casino on Congress Park) on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm.

Following a short business meeting, Kyle Jenks will be appearing and performing as James Madison.

Besides being the fourth president of the United States, James Madison is commonly known as the “Father of the Constitution.”  231 years ago the constitution was signed by 39 delegates but that did not make the document official. It was the ratifying conventions of the individual states that secured our governmental system. Out of 12 ratifying conventions, (Rhode Island didn’t have one), New York’s was by far the most uncertain. Continue reading

Saratoga Stroll: Historic Fifth & Madison Avenues


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29 Fifth StreetThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s next Summer Stroll is set for this Sunday, August 26th at 10:30 am, and will tour Historic Fifth & Madison Avenues with Debbie Studwell.

Discover the unique history of two of Saratoga’s grand residential streets, lined with elegant Victorian and Craftsman houses. Learn more about the architecture and historical development of this important neighborhood adjacent to the Saratoga Race Course. The tour, sponsored by Impressions of Saratoga, meets at the northeast corner of Nelson & Fifth Avenues. Continue reading

Saratoga Summer Stroll of Greenridge Cemetery


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Greenridge Cemetery The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s next Summer Stroll event, Here Lies Saratoga’s Past: Greenridge Cemetery, is set for Sunday, August 5th at 10:30 am.

Leader Jan Klassovity will teach attendees about the crypts and mausoleums in Greenridge Cemetery, while exploring the history of some of Saratoga’s most prominent citizens. The tour, sponsored by LaBrake Memorials, will meet at the Sackett Gates entrance of Greenridge Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue. Continue reading

Milton, NY: New Local History Published


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milton a new town in a new nationA new book by Kim McCartney, James Richmond, and Karen Staulters, Milton, New York: A New Town in a New Nation (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018) takes a look at the growth of the shire town of Saratoga County from its first settlement on the eve of the Revolutionary War to the conclusion of the Civil War.

The book offers the story of pioneers, farmers, entrepreneurs, politicians, people of color, industrialists, mill workers, teachers, and soldiers. Continue reading

Saratoga History Being Featured On C-SPAN


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A crew from C-SPAN, the cable channel that covers government proceedings and public affairs, visited Saratoga Springs, New York, in late September 2017.

In addition to speaking with various community leaders, C-SPAN producers talked to horse trainer H. James Bond, outrider Natalie Rutigliano, and jockey Robbie Davis while it toured the Oklahoma Training Track and the facilities at the historic Saratoga Racetrack.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicle also stopped by several other local sites, including Congress Park, the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater, and Grant’s Cottage in Wilton. Continue reading

Annual Saratoga Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl


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Pints for PreservationOn Saturday, November 4, 2017 the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host the 7th Annual Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl. With the support of local bars, the proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s preservation efforts and restoration projects.

The Pub Crawl will kick-off with registration at Druthers, 381 Broadway, at 2:30 pm and then crawl to Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar, Bailey’s Saratoga, Spa City Tap & Barrel, Saratoga City Tavern, and Sinclair Saratoga. Continue reading

Saratoga: Special Man o’ War 100th Anniversary Tour


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Man o' War On Sunday, November 5th, at noon, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs will hold a Man o’ War Spotlight Tour.

In celebration of the thoroughbred racehorses 100th birthday, this guided tour will take visitors through the history of the sport and feature objects related to the original “Big Red” and his connections, including an in-depth look at the “Man o’ War at 100” exhibition.  Continue reading

Solomon Northup Class Planned For SUNY Adirondack


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Solomon Northup in a Sketch from Twelve Years a SlaveThis October, a class offered through SUNY Adirondack’s Continuing Education division will provide details on the life of Solomon Northup. Northup was a free black man who was kidnapped from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841, and sold into slavery.

Following his release in 1853, Northup penned a narrative, Twelve Years a Slave, which was the basis for the Academy Award winning film, 12 Years a Slave. The title of the class is “The Real Solomon Northup from 12 Years a Slave,” and the instructor is local author David Fiske. Continue reading

Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery


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Greenridge Cemetery Civil War MonumentThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge on Sunday, August 20th at 10:30 am, led by Gloria May.

Hear the stories of those who answered President Lincoln’s call to save the Union during the Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery. The tour, sponsored by LaBrake Memorials, meets at the Civil War Monument inside of Sackett Gates on Lincoln Avenue. Continue reading