Authors and Researchers Share Their StoriesThese programs are free and open to the public, though donations are gratefully accepted. Pre-registration is not required. Presentations will be held at Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society which is located at the intersection of Front Street, Charlton Street and Fairground Avenue in Ballston Spa. Additional parking is located on Charlton Street and along Front Street near the Old Iron Spring.
The Homestead: Saratoga County’s Tuberculosis Sanitarium
Presented by Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian
Thursday, April 7
In the early part of the 20th Century Tuberculosis had become an epidemic in our country and special facilities were needed to care for the numerous people afflicted. Join Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts as she tells the story of The Homestead Sanitarium from how it got its name to why it was built in such a desolate area.
Frozen Assets: Ice Harvesting in Saratoga County
Thursday, April 14
Few people still remember the importance of ice harvesting and ice boxes, yet there are some signs of this forgotten industry around us. Malta Historian Paul Perrault will explore the process, tools and marketing that local ice businesses used in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Discover what local bodies of water were used to harvest this important natural resource.
Saratoga Springs and the Civil War
Presented by Lance Ingmire, Military Historian
Thursday, April 21
Learn about the local regiments that served in the Civil War, stories of local soldiers and officers, and ways in which the community was affected. Lance Ingmire, author of the chapter covering the Civil War era in the recently published Saratoga Springs: A Centennial History, will share his research.