The Alfred Z. Solomon Program Series

 The 2014 Program schedule and the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series

All programs are in the Canfield Casino unless noted


Thursday, August 28, 7:00 pm

Keynote Lecture in Partnership with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Famedurkin 1 (1)

At the Canfield Casino

A Conversation with Tom Durkin

The Saratoga Springs History Museum, in partnership with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will present “A Conversation with Tom Durkin” Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series. The event is free and open to the public. Michael Veitch, a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees and a Saratoga Springs History Museum Hall of Fame member, will interview Durkin.

Durkin has served as the track announcer for the New York Racing Association since 1990. He is retiring after a 43-year race-calling career Aug. 31.Born in Chicago, Durkin studied theatre at St. Norbert College and began calling races at county fairs in Wisconsin in the summer of 1971. In 1975, he moved on to ply his trade at a string of small  tracks including Cahokia Downs, Balmoral Race Course, Quad City Downs and Miles Park before landing the job at famed Hialeah Race Course in 1981. Three years later, he was hired as the announcer for the annual Breeders’ Cup in 1984, a job he held until 2005, and gained further fame calling the Triple Crown for a decade beginning in 2001.


Wednesday, October 1, 7pm

Urban Renewal Part III

Presented by Supervisor Matthew E. Veitch

Matthew E. Veitch, Supervisor of the City of Saratoga will present the third program in a series he has prepared on the History of Urban Renewal and it changed neighborhoods in Saratoga Springs.



Thursday, October 30 7pm

 The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society

The Notorious Benedict Arnold

Presented by Alfred Z. SolomonCharitable trust Keynote Speaker Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin  a Newberry Award Winning author and Finalist for the National book award.  Has been writing youth novels since 2008 and will lecture on his book Thee  Notorious Benedict Arnold.  this is a  non-fiction action/thriller based on  many years of research, and travels to all  the places Arnold lived, fought, and drove his fellow Americans crazy.


 Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame Inductions

2014 Inductees and the Date in November to be Announced