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

 As of 5/11/15


May 27, 7:00 pm Settlement of the Kayderosseras Patentjohnsonmap[1]

Presented by Lorie Wies

From 1704 until 1771, over 400,000 acres of land in New York known as the Kayaderosseras Patent remained unsettled by land hungry colonists. The Mohawks believed the land was as it had always been, a place of abundant wildlife and resources, and theirs to use. The Crown of England was quite peeved that they were not receiving the “quitrents” they had anticipated from tenants. As time went by, titles to the land patent passed through many hands, to heirs and assigns of the thirteen original patentees. And because the land had never been surveyed, no one was quite sure exactly where their share was. The story of the Kayaderosseras Patent has all the elements of a good drama- greed, political strife, war, religious zeal, fraud, a cross-dressing Governor and a massive fire which destroyed the paper trail. And like any really good story, just when you think you have it figured out, something else pops up and the plot thickens.

Lorie Wies has served as a part time Librarian in the Saratoga Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library since 1999. Originally from Massachusetts, she is a graduate of the now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in Sociology and earned a Masters of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany. She recently retired from Union College where she had served as the Adirondack Research Librarian for the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College. She and her close colleague C. Donald Carpenter have been researching the history of the Kayaderosseras Patent from both the political/social perspective as well as the technical for several years and were recently joined in their pursuit by another researcher, James Richmond. Coincidentally, prior to returning to graduate school for her degree in Library Science, for twelve years Lorie was the Director of a program in Saratoga Springs for court- referred adolescent girls called Kaydeross House, part of Transitional Services Association, Inc.

June 4 , 7:00 PM   Constables and Criminals: Early Law Enforcement and the Formation of the

Saratoga Springs Police Department.

Presented by Chief of Police Greg Veitch

Early lawmen in Saratoga Springs were known by a variety of names including, constables, night watchmen, private detectives and members of the summer Broadway Squad. They all had fascinating stories, including the murder of one of their own in 1863. An act of the legislature would create the full-time police force we recognize today in 1887. But before the new officers could take their first steps on the beat, their leader would have to deal with a sensational arrest – his own!

July 2, 7:00 PM General Burgoyne, Live and in Person

As part of the July 4 All-American Celebration



July 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Family Fun Day

Join in on the Free fun on the lawn in Congress Park behind the Canfield casino. Play historic games and meet Civil war reenctors.


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













Thursday, October 30 7pm

The Annual Meeting of the Historical SocietySteve Sheinkin

The Saratoga Springs History Museum invites the public to attend its annual meeting on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm in the Canfield Casino. Following a brief meeting the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust keynote speaker will be author Steve Sheinkin lecturing on his book, The Notorious Benedict Arnold.

Mr. Sheinkin has had a longtime interest in Benedict Arnold. As a text book writer, he tried to get Arnold’s story into history textbooks, however editors always removed it.  Following that, Mr. Sheinkin decided to write a nonfiction book about Benedict Arnold for teens, leading to years of somewhat obsessive research and Arnold-related road trips.   Mr. Sheinkin will talk about the process of taking this great true story, and turning it into narrative nonfiction for young adults.

Steve Sheinkin was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Syracuse University and studied communications and international relations. After college he moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the National Audubon Society. Then Mr. Sheinkin moved to Austin, Texas to make movies with his brother. They wrote some screenplays, and in 1995 made their own feature film. They were sure it was going to be a huge hit; actually they ended up deep in debt. In 2006, after hundreds of rejections, his first graphic novel Rabbi Harvey was finally published. Since forth he has won numerous awards for his writing. His most recent book, The Port Chicago 50 was just announced as a finalist for the National Book Award. He travels the country speaking to groups and students about his books and the writing process. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his family.


   The Notorious Benedict Arnold

   Presented by Alfred Z. SolomonCharitable Trust Keynote Speaker Steve Sheinkin


Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame Inductions

2014 Inductees and the Date in November to be Announced