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, April 21, 6:30 pm 2nd Annual Academic Quiz Bowl

“Racing History for 200 please.” The answer is 1863. The question is This is the year of the first organized thoroughbred race meet in Saratoga Springs.   If you like local history and trivia, this is an event you will want to attend. The Saratoga Springs History Museum is hosting a Jeopardy style tournament of knowledge on local history featuring High School academic teams who will compete for bragging rights to find out who are the tops in knowledge of local history.

Thursday, May 19, pm Exhibit Opening: The World at War: Saratoga Springs and WWI

This new exhibit discuses WWI and how Saratoga Springs was affected by the war. Artifacts from the battlefields of Europe, uniforms and period items from Saratoga Springs are brought together to tell a vivid and compelling story of sacrifice.

Thursday, June 23, 7:00 pm A History of WWI and American Involvement by Glenn Lunde

WWI raged on from 1914 – 1918. The United States maintained neutrality until being drawn into the conflict in 1917. Historian Glenn Lunde will discuss how and why we went to war in 1917. Glenn will be dressed as an American soldier from the First Infantry Division in 1918.

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 pm Railroad and Trolleys in Saratoga Springs by Gino Di Carlo

Historian Gino DiCarlo will discuss the many railroads and trolley lines that provided transportation to Saratogians. Books will be available for purchase and to be signed by the author.

Thursday, August 25 7:00 pm A History of John Morrissey by Brien Bouyea

Join us for a book signing and lecture by National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Media Relations Director Brien Bouyea. Brien will lecture on one of Saratoga Springs’ most famous individuals and sign his newly published history of Morrissey. Books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, 7 September 7, 7:00 pm LINCOLN’S BOLD LION General Martin Hardin By James T. Huffstodt

Author 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.