Thursday, October 13, 2011

PROGRAM CHANGE

PROGRAM CHANGE - Unfortunately, Eric is unable to share his art talk with us  tonight, but Ranger Bill Valosin from the Battlefield will share with us a talk on the Monument and the 19th Century memorial movement

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Walk Cancelled

Walk Cancelled - Ranger Lead Guided Full Moon Walk of Victory Woods Wednesday October 12 (8 pm) Saratoga Monument, Burgoyne Road (County Route 338), Victory.  Join Park Ranger Joe Craig for a night time tour of the final encampment site for the British Army. The walk has been cancelled due to the impeding weather.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

234th Anniversary of Surrender Week


The week of Sunday October 10 to Sunday October 17, 2011 is Surrender Week in the Town of Saratoga marking the 234th Anniversary of the American Victory at Saratoga.  There are a series of events planned to call attention to the siege period of the Battles  of Saratoga (October 10 – 16) and the Surrender of British General Burgoyne’s complete army on October 17, 1777.
  
On Monday, October 17 at 10 AM, the anniversary commemoration of the Sword Surrender of British General Burgoyne to American General Gates will take place at the bandstand at Fort Hardy Park,  The ceremony location overlooking the Hudson River is where the British troops surrendered their weapons to the Americans.  The ceremony includes patriotic songs from the Schuylerville Elementary School 4th grade students.  


On Saturday, October 15 from 6 to 9 pm, visitors can feel the welcome of the warm, soft glow of candlelight as Old Saratoga Historical Association members in period costume, park staff, and park volunteers guide visitors through General Philip Schuyler`s 1777  country house.    Light refreshments and period music follow the tours.  


"We plan a whole week of events to commemorate the seven days the British Troops under General Burgoyne were under siege by the Americans in Old Saratoga (now the  Schuylerville area)," according to Saratoga Historian Sean Kelleher.  "We have a great  partnership made up of the various levels of government including the Saratoga National Historical Park, Schuylerville Public Library, Town of Saratoga, Village of Victory, and non-governmental partners including the Fort Hardy Committee, Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, and Old Saratoga Historical Association."  The American Victory at Saratoga was considered the “turning point in the American Revolution”.  France and other European countries entering the war as a result of the American  Victory at Saratoga.  


The schedule includes:



Walking Tour of Siege Lines Monday, October 10. (10 am) Old Saratoga Town Hall / Fort Hardy Park Route 29, Schuylerville.  Walking tour of the Siege Line along the old Champlain Canal.  Free

Voices of the American Revolution Wednesday and Thursday, October. 12 and 13 (10 am) Schuylerville Library - a program for pre-schoolers with a non-fiction story and activities.  Free

Ranger Lead Guided Full Moon Walk of Victory Woods Wednesday October 12 (8 pm) Saratoga Monument, Burgoyne Road (County Route 338), Victory.  Join Park Ranger Joe Craig for a night time tour of the final encampment site for the British Army.   Free

Photographs of the 18th Century Thursday, October 13 (7:30 pm) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Join the Old Saratoga Historical Association to hear Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer explore examples of 18th Century artwork.  Free

Saratoga County Genealogy: Fall Genealogy Conference Saturday, October 15. (8:45 am) Saratoga Town Hall 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville. Marian Pierre-Louis is the featured speaker in a series of programs on researching family history.  Registration fee information, contact Joan Cady at 518-587-2978 or email: melfrejo@aol.com.  

Fall Weekend at Saratoga Monument and Schuyler House Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)  This is the last weekend in 2011 to enjoy the fall colors.  Free

Candlelight Tour of the Schuyler House Saturday, October 15 (6 - 9 pm) Free

234th Anniversary of the American Victory at Saratoga Ceremony Commemoration Monday, October 17 (10 am)  Fort Hardy Band Stand Route 29, Schuylerville. Guest Speaker Assemblyman Tony Jordan.
Free



For more information search Old Saratoga Historical Association on Facebook or twitter: oldsaratogahist or call (518) 698-3210 or e-mail skellehe@nycap.rr.com

Surrender Week - Saratoga County Genealogy: Fall Genealogy Conference


Fall Genealogy Conference Saturday, October 15. (8:45 am) Saratoga Town Hall 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville. Marian Pierre-Louis is the featured speaker in a series of programs on researching family history. Marian Pierre-Louis, a regular speaker at genealogical societies, will
offer four workshops at the annual conference October 15th. Her topics are: Pirates and Prisoners: the Registry is More Than Just Deeds; Two Chairs and a Pair of Spectacles: Discovering more. Your ancestors in Probate Records; Finding the Gems in Cemeteries; and Don't Call Your Relatives, Let Them Call You!

Please invite your history-minded friends to join you at this conference, which begins with registration, coffee and exhibits at 8:45 am.  After 2 workshops we will break for a hot meal with home baked pies for dessert, and then learn from two workshops in the afternoon.  All this for $30 for members, $40 for all others.

Send conference registrations and check for $30 made out to Heritage Hunters [$40 for non HH members] to Joan Cady, 703 Neilsen Court, Wilton NY 12831. Please realize that we must give reservations to the caterer by October 12 and that we must copy and collate the workshop handouts, so make your reservations early.  Contact Joan Cady,melfrejo@aol.com, with any questions.

If you have resources or displays you would like to share in the exhibit area please contact Jane Schwerd,jschwerd@nycap.rr.com, so she can plan space needs.

October Calendar of Events


Bird Walk - Look! Listen! Learn! Saturday, October 8.  (10 am) Hudson Crossing, Lock 5, North of Schuylerville. Walk around Hudson Crossing Park while connecting with our wonderful local birds’ unique songs and calls, habitat preferences, favorite foods, and fun facts.  Free

175th Anniversary Schuyler Hose Company Open House Saturday, October 8. (1 - 4 pm) Schuylerville Municipal Complex, 35 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Open house in celebration and in honor of having provided fire coverage continuously for the past 175 years! From 1pm to 3pm there will be displays of apparatus ranging in age from an 1870 Button Co. hand pump to the new 3000 gallon vacuum tanker/pumper.  Formal ceremony starts at 3 pm.  Free

Schuylerskiff North America Sunday, October 9. (8 - 11 am) Fort Hardy Park Beach Route 29, Schuylerville.  Singles and doubles rowing regatta held on the Hudson River.  Free to watch

Cooking for the Birds Sunday, October 9. (2 pm) Hudson Crossing, Lock 5, North of Schuylerville. Learn to make simple bird treats in your kitchen so you can feed your feathered friends in the winter.  Bring a colored ribbon or string. Dress to be outside in the Picnic Pavilion.  $ 5 material fee

Surrender Week - Walking Tour of Siege Lines Monday, October 10. (10 am) Old Saratoga Town Hall / Fort Hardy Park Route 29, Schuylerville.  Walking tour of the Siege Line along the old Champlain Canal.  Free

Surrender Week - Voices of the American Revolution Wednesday and Thursday, October. 12 and 13 (10 am) Schuylerville Library - a program for pre-schoolers with a non-fiction story and activities.  Free

Surrender Week - Ranger Lead Guided Full Moon Walk of Victory Woods Wednesday October 12 (8 pm) Saratoga Monument, Burgoyne Road (County Route 338), Victory.  Join Park Ranger Joe Craig for a night time tour of the final encampment site for the British Army under General John Burgoyne.   Free

Surrender Week - Photographs of the 18th Century Thursday, October 13 (7:30 pm) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Join the Old Saratoga Historical Association to hear Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer explore examples of 18th Century artwork and how they were the photographs of their time.  Free

Surrender Week - Saratoga County Genealogy: Fall Genealogy Conference Saturday, October 15. (8:45 am) Saratoga Town Hall 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville. Marian Pierre-Louis is the featured speaker in a series of programs on researching family history.  Registration is $30 for members and $40 for all others and includes the workshops, exhibits, coffee breaks and hot lunch. For information, contact Joan Cady at 518-587-2978 or email: melfrejo@aol.com.  Fee

Surrender Week - Fall Weekend at Saratoga Monument and Schuyler House Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)  This is the last weekend for 2011 to enjoy the fall colors at the Saratoga Monument and Schuyler House   Free

Surrender Week - Candlelight Tour of the Schuyler House Saturday, October 15 (6 - 9 pm)  Feel the welcome of the warm, soft glow of candlelight as Old Saratoga Historical Association members in period costume, park staff, and volunteers guide visitors through General Philip Schuyler’s 1777 country house. Light refreshments and period music follow the tours. Free

Surrender Week - 234th Anniversary of the American Victory at Saratoga Ceremony Commemoration Monday, October 17 (10 am)  Fort Hardy Band Stand Route 29, Schuylerville. The ceremony includes the 4th grade students from the Schuylerville Elementary School singing songs and commemorations by the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.  Guest Speaker Assemblyman Tony Jordan.  Free

Genealogy Group Tuesday, October 18 (10 am) Schuylerville Public Library.  Join Schuylerville’s monthly group on researching your family tree. Free

Bats & Jacks Sunday, October 23. (4 - 6 p.m.) Hudson Crossing, Lock 5, North of Schuylerville. Learn about bats with Mary Frances Farrell, a local Bat Rehabilitator.  Carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. Costumes optional.  Limited supply of pumpkins and carving tools available for a small fee, or bring your own. Learn more at www.hudsoncrossingpark.org.  small material fee

Old Saratoga Happenings is a collation to promote cultural and heritage programs in the region.  All events are open to the public. The collation includes Hudson Crossing Park, Old Saratoga Historical Association, Saratoga National Historical Park, Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce, Schuylerville Public Library and the Saratoga and Victory Historian’s Office.  For more information contact 518-698-3210 or oldsaratogahappenings@gmail.com.  Follow us on twitter @OldSaraHappenin or facebook Old Saratoga Happenings or on the web at oldsaratogahappenings.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September Changes

We had a couple of date conflicts and had to make the following changes in the schedule...


19th Century Schuylerville Date Change - Thursday, September 29 (7:30 pm.) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Join the Old Saratoga Historical Association to learn about lives of the citizens that lived in the historic homes on Church Street between Burgoyne and Ferry Streets in Schuylerville from Village Historian Krissy Saddlemire.  Free

Photo Scanning Session Date Change - Wednesday, September 28 (9:30 am to 10:30 am.) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Saratoga Historian will scan photos of Saratoga, Schuylerville, or Victory and save them to CD for you and keep a digital image for the Town’s archives. Questions or to schedule a time? Call 698-3210. Free

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Calendar of Events


234th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18. Saratoga NHP Battlefield, Stillwater. 18th century American soldiers set the 1777 scene with tents, campfires, musket and cannon firings. Discuss strategy with officers, judge a court-martial, browse colonial wares, go on a "reconnaissance" party, learn about open-hearth cooking techniques.  Camps open at 11 am and close at 4:00 pm on Sat. and 3 pm on Sun.  Special theatrical performance, the "Marquis de Lafayette" - Sat. at 6 pm and Sun. at 1:30 pm.  Wreath Laying on Sun. at 1:30 pm.  Park entrance fees are in effect.

Saratoga County Genealogy: Researching Palatine Ancestors and Publishing Geneologies Saturday, September 17. (1 pm.) Saratoga Town Hall 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville. The monthly meeting of Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County features author Wayne Weatherwax on researching Palatine Ancestors and publishing family geneologies. Free

Tour of the Lois McClure Monday, Tuesday, September 19 - 20 (3 - 6 pm) Hudson Crossing, Lock 5, North of Schuylerville.  The 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, will make a return stop this month. The 90-foot schooner is a full-scale replica of an 1862 sailing canal boat. These unique vessels were designed to sail from lake cities to canal ports using wind power and then to lower masts and sails when traveling canals.

Genealogy Group Tuesday, September 20 (10 am) Schuylerville Public Library.  Join Schuylerville’s monthly group on researching your family tree. Free

19th Century Schuylerville Date Change - Thursday, September 29 (7:30 pm.) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Join the Old Saratoga Historical Association to learn about lives of the citizens that lived in the historic homes on Church Street between Burgoyne and Ferry Streets in Schuylerville from Village Historian Krissy Saddlemire.  Free

Old Saratoga Folklore Sunday, September 25 (2 - 4 pm) Hudson Crossing, Lock 5, North of Schuylerville. Join Mike Bielkiewicz, a local history buff, will share a dozen or so stories from regional authors, Stone, Brandow, Vanderwerker, and Pitkin along with hearsay he has collected over many years.  Free

Photo Scanning Session Date Change - Wednesday, September 28 (9:30 am to 10:30 am.) Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville.  Saratoga Historian will scan photos of Saratoga, Schuylerville, or Victory and save them to CD for you and keep a digital image for the Town’s archives. Questions or to schedule a time? Call 698-3210. Free