Thursday, 09 September 2021 14:44

Digitizing History: Saratoga County Oral History Project Online at Saratoga Springs Public Library

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A digital exhibit, featuring more than one dozen local voices and images, has been made available via the Saratoga Springs Public Library website. 

The Saratoga County Oral History Project — a collaboration between the Library, the city and county historians, and the Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum — includes several interviews that are part of the West Side Oral Narrative Collection. 

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 - 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’ Local Legacies Collection. 

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 www.sspl.org/research/local_history or by visiting the Library’s Home Page under the Local History tab.

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