The Alfred Z. Solomon Program Series

The 2017 Program schedule and the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

All programs are in the Canfield Casino unless noted


DSC_0016April 27, 6:30 pm 2017 Academic Quiz Bowl

What was the name of the Native American tribe that brought Sir William Johnson to drink from High Rock Spring in 1771? What was the name of the battle fought AFTER the Treaty of Ghent was signed, officially ending the War of 1812?* Watch local high school students test their knowledge of local history, world and national history, geology and geography at the third Annual Saratoga Springs History Quiz Bowl, hosted by the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Quiz teams from Saratoga Springs high school will compete in a Jeopardy style tournament.

Admission price: Adults: $4; students: $2 Museum members: $3 

“This is such an exciting event,” said Abigail Crotty, board member of the History Museum and a teacher at Saratoga Springs High School .  “The last two years were absolutely outstanding.  We had always wanted to hold a competition like this for students and it was just great.  We can’t wait for this year’s Quiz Bowl. It’s a fantastic way to meet the educational mission of the Museum and engage students and their families.”

All proceeds benefit the History Museum’s educational programming.  Every year more than 900 students participate in programs at the museum. 



May 11, 7pm   All the Law in the World Won’t Stop Them: The Gangsters of Saratoga

A Book signing and talk by Chief of Police Greg Veitch

Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

Chief Veitch brings another program of tales of crime fighting in the past in Saratoga Springs.  Gambling. Crime. Corruption. Despite its reputation as a world-class resort destination, Saratoga Springs has always had a dark side. The forces of good and evil waged a century-long battle for supremacy at the Spa. Behind the glitz and glamour of the high end hotels along Broadway and the wealthiest of American society at the race track, criminals, gangsters and their corrupt political associates made a mockery of law and order in Saratoga Springs for much of its history.


12240873_739649036167013_6795019134857549204_o[1]July 27 , 7pm Meet President James Madison, A performance by Kyle Jenks

Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

Kyle Jenks portrays President James Madison in a first person play about events that shaped American History.







Sheila Myers, London, 18-20 July 2014. Hampton Court Palace

Sheila Myers, London, 18-20 July 2014. Hampton Court Palace

August 10, 7pm The Durant Family, A presentation and book signing by Professor Sheila Meyers

Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

Myers will be speaking about her fictional account of the Durant family, a trilogy focusing on the fictionalized lives of William and Ella Durant who spent their formative years traveling and living abroadwhile their father, robber baron Dr. Thomas C. Durant, built the transcontinental railroad (1861-1874). ‘Doc Durant’ is a central character of AMC TV series Hell on Wheels and the PBS American Experience special on the Transcontinental Railroad.

While building the Transcontinental, Doc Durantwas also acquiring vast tracts of land in the Adirondack wilderness. When his son William turned twenty-four, Doc Durant instructs him to return to America to take on the family’s tradition of building railroads, this time into the interior of the Adirondacks. William established a home in Saratoga in 1884 with his wife Janet Stott. They raised three children on Union Street before finally moving permanently to their home on Raquette Lake during the Financial Panic of 1893.

William’s life was marred by familial turmoil including divorce and a lawsuit brought against him by his sister for her share of the family’s fortune. His legacy lives on and is visible in the rustic architecture he inspired in the Adirondacks including three Great Camps he designed and lived in before he left the region for good: Camp Huntington, Uncas and Sagamore—all National Historic Landmarks.

Sheila Myers is an Associate Professor at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY where she teaches environmental science, and coordinates the Honors Study Program. Sheila has spent most of her career working to educate the public about the natural world. She received her undergraduate degree at SUNY Cortland ’85 and graduate degree at SUNY ESF ’91.



Augrace-014ust 14, 5pm The Monday Night Mile at the Saratoga Casino Hotel.

 Don’t miss the 5th annual run at the Saratoga Casino Hotel!

Click here to register.




amaze race logoSeptember 16, 10:00 am The Amazing Race Saratoga Springs

Join in the second annual event that challenges teams to find clues in a race across Saratoga Springs, ending at the Thirsty Owl for prizes and refreshments. 

The city’s version of the long-running TV show was created by the Saratoga Springs History Museum and will take place within city limits.  Just like on the show, contestants will be given missions to complete, except these missions are each based on historic destinations within the Spa City. The first team to finish the correct number of  missions and make it to the finish line at the Thirsty Owl wins.

Teams of 2 to 4 people will be given a set of clues written by members of the museum’s board. Decipher the destination based on the clues; take a picture of yourself at each historic location for review at the finish line. 

In addition to winning bragging rights as champions, prizes will be awarded to the first three teams to cross the line successfully.



September 27, The 2017 Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame Induction

 senator Brackett                                                                     

  Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

Join us for the induction of the 2017 class of inductees joining the 23 members  of  the Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame. Nomination Forms will be available June 1 and need to be submitted by July 1.


Senator Edgar Trumann Brackett, 2016 Inductee




October  26, Annual Meeting of the Historical Society  

1870's double track trainRailroads of Saratoga Springs by  Richard Chait

Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

Author Richard Chait will discuss rail and trolley lines in and around Saratoga Springs as our keynote speaker in the annual meeting.






The Saratoga Vichy Wagon in Front of the Grand Union Hotel 1944

The Saratoga Vichy Wagon in Front of the Grand Union Hotel 1944

November 16,  2017 Jeopardy Bowl!                            

Who can de-throne the current champions, the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau? See Saratoga Springs organizations face off against one another in a jeopardy tournament for bragging rights.







Front-cover-224x300December 8, the Holiday Gala

Join us at the annual Fundraising party which is the best Holiday party in Saratoga Springs.  Music by the Accents, Food by Longfellow’s and Games of Chance.  Don’t miss it!  Click here to learn more.