The Alfred Z. Solomon Program Series

 The 2015 Program schedule and the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

All programs are in the Canfield Casino unless noted


July 2, 7:00 PM The Battle of Hubbardton: the Rear Guard Action that Saved Americahubbardton

Dr. Bruce Venter

Part of the July 4 All-American Celebration
The battle of Hubbardton was perhaps the loss that saved the war for the patriots. British and German troops ran into stubborn rebel resistance at Hubbardton, Vermont, on July 7, 1777. After easily capturing Fort Ticonderoga, Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne pursued a retreating Continental army under Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair. In the fields and hills around Hubbardton, a tenacious American rear guard of about 1,200 derailed the British general’s plan for a quick march to Albany. The British won a tactical victory, but they suffered precious losses. Patriots, under Col. Seth Warner, left the British and Germans bloodied, if victorious. Burgoyne and his weakened force ultimately surrendered at Saratoga on October 17, 1777, paving the way for a French alliance which ensured American independence.

Dr. Bruce M. Venter is president of America’s History, LLC, a tour and conference company where he leads Revolutionary War tours. This company is best known for its highly successful annual conference on the American Revolution. Bruce is also 1st vice president of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond and was 1st vice president of the Goochland County Historical Society. He frequently lectures on the Revolutionary War, including at Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution Seminar. He is also known for his character portrayals of General John Burgoyne and Charles Earl Cornwallis. His most recent book, The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America was published in March 2015 by The History Press.

Venter has published articles in Patriots of the American Revolution, Blue and Gray, Civil War, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine and the Washington Times. His forthcoming book, Kill Jeff Davis: Union Raid on Richmond will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in January 2016.

Venter holds a B.A. in history from Manhattan College, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University at Albany. He lives in Goochland County, Virginia with his wife, Lynne and their beagle, “Sally Seddon.”


July 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Family Fun Day, behind the Canfield Casino  civil war soldiers

The Saratoga Springs History Museum is holding their annual, free Family Fun Day in Congress Park on Saturday, July 4th from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This free event will offer families the chance to visit with historical reenactors, participate in historic games and free balloons and more.  The History Museum, located in the historic Canfield Casino, isl also be open to visit and take a trip back into early Saratoga Springs.

This special event is sponsored by Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust and is part of the Saratoga Springs All-American Celebration Weekend official schedule.


July 23, 7:00 pm A Walking Tour of the Italian Gardens

Meet at the Canfield casino

Presented by Lew Elia


August Racing lecture

Date to Be announced

In partnership with the National Museum of Racing Museum


September 24, 7:00 PM  A History of High Rock Spring

Presented by Charlie Kuenzel and James Parillo


October Annual Meeting of the History Museum

Date and topic to be announced