Senior Programming

Brookside Museum offers specialized programming to senior individuals in a variety of settings.   Whether you are looking for a speaker for your social group, a program at a retirement community or a special experience for residents dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, we are glad to customize programming to fit your needs.  While we offer a variety of program topics, we can also create programs based on the interests of your organization or residents.

History Programs

Bring the museum to your residents!  These interactive programs are 45 – 60 minutes long and include power point presentations, original artifacts and opportunities for discussion and memory sharing.  These take place at your facility.  All equipment, artifacts and hand-outs are supplied by the museum.  Each history program is $100.  A mileage fee of $0.57 per mile to and from 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY applies to any program not taking place at Brookside.   

A Historic Holiday – Learn how Saratoga County residents celebrated holidays in the past.   View images of past festivities through a power point presentation and see holiday related objects.  Audience members will be encouraged to share their own memories of Christmas, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and other holidays.

Food for Thought – Foods are a vitally important part of our memories.  Whether we remember the scent of baking bread in our childhood homes, the lunches in tin pails taken to work at the mill or church clam bakes, food takes us back to an earlier time.  In this program, participants will learn about various food traditions in Saratoga County and have an opportunity to discuss and share personal food memories.  This program can be enhanced to make it especially memorable and fun for your residents.  Our historians can collaborate with your dietetics team to plan a special meal in conjunction with the program.  Contact us for details!

Here Comes the Bride – Join us for this travelling version of our popular exhibit of wedding gowns and other related items.  Learn about marriage customs, view bridal fashions through the years, and share memories of weddings.

A Few Lines to Let You Know – Discover the world of Alonzo Bump, a Civil War soldier from Saratoga County through the letters sent home to his wife.  Learn about what life was like on campaign and on the home front.

Behind the Seams – Quilts are a unique because they are both functional and artistic.  Saratoga County has been home to many quilters over the past two centuries.  Learn about their work and creations in this program.  View images of quilts from the museum’s collection and examine an original textile to discover clues about its origins.

Passing the Time in Victorian Saratoga County – What did people do for fun around here in the Victorian era?  They certainly had plenty of events, activities and organizations to choose from!  Learn about the many fraternal groups, soirees, fairs, church socials, casinos, and academies that offered entertainment and enrichment to Saratogians long ago.

Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs allow residents and their families to discover their family’s history, share memories, and document important information for future generations.  These programs are taught by an experienced genealogist.  Each genealogy program is $200.  A mileage fee of $0.57 per mile to and from 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY applies to any program not taking place at Brookside. 

Climbing Your Family Tree: Genealogy Basics – Have you ever wondered about whom you might find in your family tree?  Join an experienced genealogist to learn how to begin or continue your search.  Discover methods for gathering information from online and archival sources as well as ways to organize your findings.  This intensive, hands-on class is 1.5 hours long and includes individual instruction opportunities and materials.

Have Questions?  Want to Schedule a Program?

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Are you looking for a fun outing?  Consider Ballston Spa!  We are happy to host programs at the museum or offer tours of the exhibits.  In addition to visiting Brookside Museum, there are many options for shopping, eating and learning.  Groups who visited Brookside also have stopped by Almost One of a Kind Quilt Shop, The National Bottle Museum, The Whistling Kettle, Daisy Dry Goods Antiques, Stone Soup Antiques and countless other shops.  If you need assistance planning an outing and would like suggestions and contact information of local organizations and businesses, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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