#onthisday in 2004, the Town of Saratoga declared it “Park Ranger Dick Beresford Day” . This is a photo of Timothy Holmes and Richard Beresford (22 August 1937 – 29 April 2009) at the Schuylerville Visitors Center during the British Motorfest at Fort Hardy Park on 17 July 2004.
Holmes and Beresford are/were historians and coordinators of the visitors center.
Holmes co-wrote a number of books, invested in a number of Schuylerville properties and was a Schuylerville economic development official (among other roles).
In 2004, the Town Board of the Town of Saratoga passed the following resolution.
TOWN OF SARATOGA TOWN BOARD RESOLUTION #04-54,
RECOGNITION OF RETIRING PARK RANGER DICK BERESFORD OFFERED BY SUPERVISOR THOMAS WOOD, SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN BRUCE CORNELL
WHEREAS, Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”, and this is indeed true of Saratoga National Historical Park Ranger Richard “Dick” E. Beresford, a man who has been a genuine leader in our community; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of Town of Saratoga have recognized Park Ranger Dick Beresford for his contributions to the visitor experience of thousands of tourists who visit the Old Saratoga region; and
WHEREAS, having served in at Saratoga National Historical Park, Ranger Dick Beresford is known as master storyteller, who enjoys dealing with the public and can tell the funniest stories, exemplifying the best qualiﬁes of those who have chosen to devote their lives to the honorable profession of public service; and
WHEREAS, Dick Beresford served the US Army as an officer in Army Intelligence and Security; and served as the Secretary to the Association of the US. Army, Hudson Valley Chapter in which he served with the Commandant of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; and
WHEREAS, among Dick Beresford’s accomplishments, he served as Assistant Commissioner General for the United Nations in Montreal Canada; and he takes great pride in his efforts to furthering the aims of understanding and world peace. To that end, Dick was awarded a gold medal from the United Nations and ceremonial silk scarf from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. and
WHEREAS, Dick Beresford, was the director of education for the Philatelic Foundation; and the director of the National Bottle Museum; and
WHEREAS, Dick Beresford, has served our community by being involved in countless organizations, including the Saratoga County Arts Council, Saratoga Springs Urban Cultural Park, National Museum of Racing, Saratoga County League of Women Voters, Old Saratoga/New Schuylerville Association, Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of Saratoga Battleﬁeld, and many others too numerous to mention; and
WHEREAS, as well as Dick Beresford is the honorary chairman of the Friends of Saratoga Batt1eﬁeld’s March for Parks in Old Saratoga on Saturday, April 24, 2004. The March for Parks is a ﬁm-day event held at the Schuyler House with the goal to raise funds and awareness of parks and will showcase Old Saratoga on the Hudson efforts to revitalize our community; and
WHEREAS, the visitors and the citizens of the Town of Saratoga will greatly miss the humor and storytelling of Park Ranger Richard Beresford who leaves his legacy of unsurpassed intellect, compassion and humor over endless long hours of welcoming visitors to our community each year,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN OF SARATOGA BOARD is proud to honor and commend Park Ranger Richard E. Beresford, a man who stands admirably as an example for any Saratogian of a true leader of integrity and loyalty to his community and the country.
THAT the Town of Saratoga Board wishes Dick Beresford success, health and happiness in his retirement from the National Park Service.
THAT the Town of Saratoga hereby declares April 24, 2004, as “Park Ranger Dick Beresford Day” in the Town of Saratoga.
THAT a copy of this resolution be spread upon the pages of the Minutes of the Town of Saratoga Board as a permanent record.
THAT a copy of this resolution be dispatched to the Park Ranger Richard Beresford, a distinguished and resolute leader and public servant
Supervisor Thomas Wood — aye Councilman Fred Drumm -— aye Councilman Charles Hanehan — aye Councilman Michael McLough|in – aye Councilman Bruce Cornell – aye Carried 5 – O