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Spring 2018 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

The popular Brown bag Lunch Lecture Series is set to begin for the 2018 spring season. This educational series is produced by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Public Library. All Brown Bag Lunch Lecture programs are FREE and open to the public– no registration required. The programs take place from noon to 1:00 pm, and meet in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library at 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Please join us for a great lineup of speakers and topics!

Thursday, March 8, 2018: A Look Back at the Railroads of Saratoga Springs and Surrounding Area, presented by Richard Chait.

Railroads, especially the Delaware and Hudson (D&H), were a major player in the economic development of the Saratoga area.  Starting in the mid to late 1800’s, people found it easy to take the train, get off at the beautiful station in Saratoga Springs and enjoy the races, the casino, or one of the elegant hotels on Broadway.  Join Richard Chait as he presents images of Victorian era train travel in and around Saratoga.  Enjoy a look back at the various railroads that played an important role in bringing visitors to the Spa City.

Thursday, April 19, 2018: Jack Wilpers: The Man Who Captured Tojo, presented by AP Reporter Chris Carola.

Associated Press reporter Chris Carola tells the story of Jack Wilpers, a Saratogian who found himself making global headlines days after World War II ended. Lt. Wilpers was part of an Army intelligence unit that captured former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, and the then 25-year-old Saratoga Springs resident played a key role in keeping Tojo alive after he attempted suicide. Carola will also detail how he finally convinced Jack Wilpers to talk to a reporter about that historic day for the first time in 65 years – thanks to Mother Nature, a chance encounter on a New England beach and a Saratoga Race Course giveaway hat.

Thursday, May 10, 2018: The Jewish Experience: Post World War II- A panel discussion facilitated by Susan Edwards.

In the early 1960’s, Sophie Goldstein initiated the recording of over 50 oral histories documenting the experiences of Jewish families in Saratoga Springs; families whose forbearers were mostly Russian/Pole immigrants. The generation of children and grandchildren produced by these families grew up in the 50’s and 60’s post World War II in a very different Saratoga.

This panel discussion will be facilitated by Susan Edwards, who has been working on transcribing the oral histories in the Goldstein Collection in the Saratoga Room. The panelists are: Stuart Mintzer (Mac Finn Drug Co.), Alan Polascek (Polascek Farms), and Sidney Gordon (Saratoga Music & Vending Machine Co.)

Thursday, June 14, 2018: Saratoga Arms Then and Now…and Everything in Between, presented by the Smith family

Join two generations of the Smith Family and hear their adventures of restoring two dilapidated buildings into a four-diamond hotel in the middle of downtown Saratoga Springs.  Lots of before and after photographs will be shared.


For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866.  518-587-3241.  www.saratogaspringsvisitorcenter.com