The Alfred Z. Solomon Program Series



 The 2016 Program schedule and the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

All programs are in the Canfield Casino unless noted


Thursday, August 25 7:00 pm A The Remarkable Life  of John Morrissey by Brien Bouyea Morrissey cover

Brien Bouyea, a national award-winning sportswriter and the Hall of Fame and Communications Director at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will discuss his new book “Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey” on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs History Museum as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series.

 The book chronicles the life of John Morrissey, an undefeated bare-knuckle boxing champion who founded Saratoga Race Course and served two terms in the United States Congress and one in the New York State Senate. The colorful Morrissey, a native of Ireland who grew up in nearby Troy, also was a major figure in gambling and constructed the Club House in Saratoga Springs, which later became known as the Canfield Casino and is now home to the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Bouyea, a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, was an award-winning sportswriter for the Troy Record and executive sports editor of The Saratogian prior to joining the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2010. Among his journalism awards are national honors from the Associated Press Sports Editors, New York State Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association, among others. 

 Following his talk, Bouyea will answer questions from the audience and will be available to sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase in a limited-edition hardcover. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Wednesday, 7 September 7, 7:00 pm LINCOLN’S BOLD LION

General Martin Hardin By James T. Huffstodt

AuthLincolns Bold Lionor James T. Huffstodt will discuss his new biography of former Saratoga Springs resident Union Brigadier General Martin Davis Hardin (1837-1923). A protégé of President Lincoln and friend of the family ,he  was a distinguished combat officer who served in 20 battles with the Army of the Potomac and suffered four wounds, one of which required surgeons to amputate his left arm. His step-father was Chancellor Reuben Walworth, one of Saratoga Springs most famous citizens, and a power in the Democratic party during the mid-19th Century. Young Hardin came to Saratoga Springs in 1850 at 14, attended school in nearby Ballston Spa, and was a member of the area’s first baseball team along with his younger brother, Lemuel S. Hardin. Huffstodt, a Tallahassee resident, spent six years researching Hardin’s life, working closely with the staff of the Saratoga Museum, which contains many of his personal letters and other papers.

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm Annual Meeting

Turf Writer and Saratogian Tom Law will lecture on Racing at Saratoga.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 Hall of Fame Induction and Trivia Night

The Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honor men and women who have made significant and enduring contributions that have enhanced the civic, social, cultural, religious, education or business life in Saratoga Springs. This year’s honorees join the 18 members who are members of this group of notable Saratogians. Following the brief induction ceremony, we will hold the 2015 Saratoga Springs Quiz Challenge!

This will be a Jeopardy style tournament between a teams representing Saratoga Springs businesses and organizations. Questions will be about Saratoga Springs History, Local history, geography geology and pop culture.

The winners take home bragging rights. This fun event is a fundraiser for the Museum. Admission is $4.00, which includes Museum admission for the evening. Members of the Museum are admitted for free.