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, July 21, 7:00 pm Railroad and Trolleys in Saratoga Springs by Gino Di Carlo 1870's double track train

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.

Gino DiCarlo is an author, photographer and adjunct lecturer in Transportation History at Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Adirondack. He received an AA degree in Liberal Arts, Graphic Arts and Photography from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in 1987 and a BA in Public Communications from the College of Saint Rose in 1989.

Born and Raised in Schenectady, New York, Gino totally immersed himself into the City’s rich railroad history. Gino grew up riding the bus-lines that ran along the former trolley-routes. Gino is the author of Trolleys of the Capital District, a historical perspective on the trolley systems that once canvassed the Capital District. His next book will feature the history of the Saratoga and Mount McGregor Railroad. He also is the author of and, two webpages focused on the railroad history of the Northeast. Gino has also had photographs featured in 4 different occasions in Railpace Magazine.


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.