SCHC: Mountains, Millinery, & Mormons, Oh My! â€śExperts Next Doorâ€ť Speaker Series Continues
Ballston Spa, NY â€“ The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to announce the April, May, and June episodes of the popular virtual speaker series â€śExperts Next Door.â€ť The program connects Saratoga County residents with experts on a wide variety of topics. The episodes are casual, fun, entertaining, and informative. Audience participation is encouraged.
Thursday, April 22, 7 pm: â€śCuring in the Mountainsâ€ť with Amy Catania, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake. Ms. Catania will discuss Saranac Lakeâ€™s fascinating role in the research and treatment of tuberculosis, and how it relates to todayâ€™s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Along the way, she will share tales of Saranac Lakeâ€™s history, including first-hand accounts from people associated with the research and treatment center.
Thursday, May 20, 7 pm: â€śThe Social Life of Hatsâ€ť with Dr. Tillman Nechtman, Professor of History at Skidmore College. Grab your fedoras, Panamas, bowlers, pork pies, and boaters, because Mayâ€™s episode of END is all about hats! In particular, the role hats have played in Saratogaâ€™s storied social scene. Inspired by a spring 2021 course at Skidmore that utilizes Brookside Museumâ€™s chapeaux collection, Dr. Nechtmanâ€™s presentation will include stories, students, and some silliness. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite topper and share their own social shenanigans.
Thursday, June 17, 7 pm: â€śNew York, Joseph Smith, and the Fight for Religious Freedomâ€ť with Dr. Spencer McBride, Associate Managing Historian of the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Dr. McBride, a prominent historian and published author, will be discussing his newest book and exploring the remarkable, though short-lived, political career of Joseph Smith, the New Yorker who founded Mormonism, waged a literal war for religious freedom, and launched a quixotic run for the White House.
Episodes are free for SCHC members, and $5 for non-members. Please register in advance at www.brooksidemuseum.org Registrants will receive a Zoom link and other relevant information. For questions, please contact Isobel Connell at email@example.com.
The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. Previously focused on the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, the SCHC now offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online. In particular, a town hall-style public forum on climate change and historic preservation is slated for the fall. When Brookside Museum re-opens this summer, the SCHC will debut new exhibits and family-friendly events. Please see the SCHC website (www.brooksidemuseum.org) and our social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.
Posted: April 21, 2021
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia