Saratoga Springs Public Library is proud to announce that the digital exhibit of the Saratoga County Oral History Project is now available on the Library’s website. The Saratoga County Oral History Project has been a collaboration of the Library, the Saratoga Springs City Historian, The Saratoga County Historian and the Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum.
The interactive exhibit highlights several interviews with Community members whose voices and stories were initially captured on what was the technology of the time- cassette tapes. The taped interviews, which have been languishing on shelves for many years before recently being digitized, offer poignant insights into how people came to live in the area and what their families’ experiences were like. The stories offer glimpses into life on the Brookside Dairy Farm in Greenfield, the early days of Mt. McGregor as a tuberculosis hospital, reminiscences of the early Pitney Farm, and a description of the development of the Saratoga Spa as a medical facility.
Also featured are several interviews that are part of the West Side Oral Narrative Collection- interviews from that collection commemorating the Feast of St Michael, an annual celebration for many years on the City’s West Side, were previously included in the Library of Congress’ American Memory Collection. Students from Skidmore College Prof. Michael Ennis-McMillan’s Anthropology class provided full literal transcriptions for the audio narratives featured in the digital exhibit.
The Project Committee included Lauren Roberts, MaryAnn Fitzgerald, Trevor Oakley, Anne Clothier, Jim Richmond and Lorie Wies. Members of the Saratoga County History Roundtable also contributed to the exhibit.
The interactive exhibit can be found at……… or by visiting the Library’s Home Page under the Local History tab or click here.