The Saratoga Springs History Museum, located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park, is proud to announce the opening of a satellite pop-up exhibit at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center, located at 297 Broadway.
Saratoga Springs has a rich history dating back thousands of years. This pop-up exhibit begins with a look at the lives of the earliest residents: the indigenous people who called this area home. It then touches on the mineral springs, as well as the great hotels and the stories of African American musicians who entertained in them, including Solomon Northup and Francis Johnson. The exhibit also looks at gambling, horse racing and the history of the arts in Saratoga Springs.
James Parillo, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs History Museum, says, “This is a first for the History Museum. We have installed small, temporary window displays before, but this is the first complete off-site exhibit in our history. Of course, it’s just a taste of what we offer in our museum, but it will provide visitors to the community a first look at why Saratoga Springs has become what it is today.”
“We are grateful to our partners at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center for the collaborative effort, and look forward to future projects together,” Parillo says.
The History Museum is open every day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and offers visitors a detailed exploration of the history of the City and the Canfield Casino. Guided tours are offered daily, included with paid admission. For more information on events, exhibits and more, visit www.saratogahistory.org.
The Visitor Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. See their website at www.discoversaratoga.org/saratoga-springs-visitor-center/ or call (518) 587-3241.
About Saratoga Springs History Museum
The Saratoga Springs History Museum, founded in 1883, has been located since 1911 in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Its mission is to foster public education and chronicle the city’s social, political, economic, geological, and cultural history. The museum offers educational/school programs, public presentations, seasonal ghost tours, a historical archive, the George S. Bolster Photography Collection, rotating exhibits, and more.
About Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center
The Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is housed in a stunning Beaux-Arts style building. It was originally built as a trolley station for the Hudson Valley Railway Company in 1915 and served as the most elegant station on the eastern seaboard. In 1941, the building was purchased by New York State and converted into a Drink Hall, where visitors could buy and enjoy Saratoga’s therapeutic mineral waters. In 1974, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stocked with maps and brochures, the Heritage Area Visitor Center is an important part of any visit to Saratoga Springs! For more information, please visit saratogaspringsvisitorcenter.org.