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2016 Hall of Fame Nominations

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The Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame was begun in 2005 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. 23 Saratogians are currently in the Hall.

We two members in November. The Museum is currently accepting nominations for consideration to be members of the class of 2016. If you would like to nominate someone, please click the link above. You can then download the PDF and return it via e-mail or by the instructions listed on the form. All nominations must be received by October 14.

 

 

Surrounded by History Fundraiser

Northshire Bookstore and the Saratoga Springs History Museum co-host

Surrounded by History Fundraiser

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Saratoga Springs- On Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 PM Northshire Bookstore and the Saratoga Springs History Museum are partnering to present three local authors in a program titled Surrounded by History: an Evening of Regional History at the History Museum located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.

This is a great “triple bill,” with three authors discussing their recently published histories. Richard Brown will discuss his book “Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783”, followed by Bruce Dearstyne with “The Spirit of New York: Defining Moments in the Empire State’s History”, and David Pietrusza will discuss “1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR”.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Admission is free for History Museum Members.

 

 

 

2015 Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame Nominations

2015 History Hall of Fame

 

The Saratoga Springs History Hall of Fame was begun in 2005 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.

We induct one living and one deceased member in November. The Museum is currently accepting nominations for consideration to be members of the class of 2015. If you would like to nominate someone, please click here to download the nomination form. You can then return it via e-mail or by the instructions listed on the form. All nominations must be received by October 2, 2015, not the date listed on the bottom of the form.

New Caffè Lena Digital Archival Database Reveals Treasure Trove of Music History and Features the Caffe Lena Colelction from the Beatrice Sweeney Archives

Saratoga Springs, NY: February, 2014

Q: What has 11,000 items, 54 years of history, rare images of Bob Dylan and original recordings of Pete Seeger?

A: The Caffè Lena Collection, a brand new archival database featuring rare photos and recordings of Pete Seeger and other 1960s folk singers, now searchable online via the Library of Congress at http://caffelenahistory.org/collection

In January 2013 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant to arrange, describe, and catalog significant archival collections that comprise the complete Caffè Lena Collection, a unique record of a major 20th century American music venue. The digitization of the material was made possible through generous funding from the EMC Corporation.

The complete Caffè Lena Collection include 700 hours of recorded performances restored and digitized by Magic Shop Studio (held by the Library of Congress), six boxes of founder Lena Spencer’s original papers and her extensive collection of performer files, (held by the Saratoga Springs History Museum), the Lively Lucy’s Coffeehouse Collection, an important student-run coffeehouse, (held by Skidmore College), and 7,000 period photographs made at Caffè Lena between 1960 and 1968 by legendary photographer Joe Alper (held by the Joe Alper Photo Collection LLC).

The completion of this project coincides with the recent publication of a book “Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse”, and a companion CD box set – both recently featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, TIME, BuzzFeed, Mojo, and GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles – together with a traveling exhibition and an educational website.

Caffè Lena embodied the cultural forces and aesthetic expression that defined the 1960s folksong revival movement. A small, live-performance venue that continues to thrive and to evolve after fifty-four years, Caffè Lena’s comprehensive history is a valuable primary resource for scholars and writers focusing on this groundbreaking era in the story of American music. The Caffè Lena Collection piqued the interest and earned the support of the GRAMMY Foundation, the New York Council for the Humanities and Director Martin Scorsese.

The Caffè Lena Collection online database is now publicly available at http://caffelenahistory.org/collection for research and licensing requests, and is represented in scholarly search engines including the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Saratoga History Museum.

 

2014 Saratoga Springs Calendars and Shop Sale

2015 calendarWe’ve expanded our popular annual Holiday Sale!   Come to the Museum Saturday, December 20th from 10 – 1 and do your holiday shopping and save 10% on all purchases. Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel of Saratoga Tours and the History Museum have partnered to produce the 2015 Saratoga Springs Historical Calendar,  This fantastic calendar features twelve images from the Bolster Collection. Each calendar comes with two additional Bolster Collection images suitable for framing and a complimentary membership to the Museum.

Along with a great new selection of holiday gifts, we will also have some favorites from the Bolster Collection for sale. Many images copied from the collection will be displayed and available for purchase at discounted rates.

 

2013 Wine Raffle Tickets

If you like wine and would like to support the Saratoga Springs History Museum then we’ve got the raffle for you.  Our Annual Instant Wine Cellar  Raffle Tickets enter you to win Four Cases Of Wine, a Water and Wine Tour of Cayuga Lake, and a stay in the Finger Lakes at the Driftwood Inn. Tickets are just $10 each. The drawing will be held at the Holiday Gala on December 6 but you do not need to be present to win.

Special thanks to the Thirsty Owl Wine Outlet and Garden!

You can purchase tickets by stopping at the museum, by calling us at 518-584-6920

or by clicking here.