Have you ever been in a home, shop or business in Saratoga Springs that had old time photos of Saratoga Springs displayed and you wondered where they came from? Chances are they are copies of images from the George S. Bolster Collection of the Saratoga Springs History Museum.
On Saturday, December 18 from 10-1, the museum will hold Bolster Collection Day and a local author book signing in the History Museum. If you haven’t heard of the Bolster Collection, now is your chance to get acquainted. The Bolster Collection is an archive of over 300,000 negatives of Saratoga Springs, 1855 to the 1980’s. This major photographic collection is one of the largest of its type in the country and is filled with striking and important images from Saratoga Springs past.
In this fundraising event, the History Museum will have hundreds of different images copied from the collection on display and available for purchase at discounted rates. Visitors can also check to see if we have an historic image of their own home on the spot with a museum curator.
The Museum will also feature four local authors signing their recent books in the Museum’s Holiday Shop. Minnie Clark Bolster will sign her latest book: The Way We Were and What They Said About us 1822 – 1896. This book tells a fascinating story of early Saratoga Springs through the eyes of visitors and the media. Journalist Paul Post’s Soldiers of Saratoga County: From Concord to Kabul looks deeply into contributions Saratoga County residents have made in defense of our country. Thomas Wood III’s latest book Saratoga is a post card view of the Town of Saratoga. This book includes many rare and recently discovered images of Schuylerville, Victory, and Saratoga Lake. Hollis Palmer’s most recent book, See and Be Seen: Saratoga in the Victoria Era is a look at Saratoga Springs in the gilded age when grand hotels lined Broadway and visitors came to “take the water”.
These books and photographs of Saratoga Springs make perfect gifts and are all available in the museum’s shop.
The History Museum is located in the Canfield Casino and is open Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 4:00. For more information about the museum or other events call 584-6920 or visit www.saratogahistory.org.