2017 Memorial Day activities at the National Cemetery


On Monday May 29, the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at 200 Duell Road in The Town of Saratoga expecting more than 500 people to attend the Memorial Day ceremony planned for 11 a.m.

This event can cause some local traffic delays so visitors are encouraged to come early and pack a lawn chair or blanket. About 250 volunteers will be arriving Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to place 13,000 12”x18” flags on the graves in preparation of Monday’s event. 

The Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery is New York State’s sixth national veteran’s cemetery and the 116th in the National Cemetery Administration. There are veterans, spouses, and children buried in the beautiful 351-acre site, and flags will be placed at all headstones, whether or not they are a veteran.

On this day

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress orders defensive posts to be established in New York and British Generals Burgoyne, Clinton, and Howe arrive in Boston with reinforcements; in 1787; the Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding and Alexander Hamilton representing New York; in 1865, the 77th New York was marching from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC after the surrender of Confederate General Lee; in 1942, the USS Saratoga was training her air group when intelligence was received of an impending Japanese assault on Midway; and in 2001 Schuylerville Central School district residents vote on and approve the 21.5 million budget by a vote of 627 to 300 and Michael Booth Sr. and Walter Hayes Jr. were elected to the School Board of Education. On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by following our twitter account @historysaratoga (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

On this day

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress orders defensive posts to be established in New York and British Generals Burgoyne, Clinton, and Howe arrive in Boston with reinforcements; in 1787, Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding and Alexander Hamilton representing New York; in 1865, the 77th New York was marching from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC after the surrender of Confederate General Lee; in 1942, the USS Saratoga was training her air group when intelligence was received of an impending Japanese assault on Midway; and in 2001 Schuylerville Central School district residents vote on and approve the 21.5 million budget by a vote of 627 to 300 and Michael Booth Sr. and Walter Hayes Jr. were elected to the School Board of Education. 
On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by following our twitter account @historysaratoga 
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)

Gateway Visitor Center Begins Frame Raising This Summer

Supervisor Thomas Wood with project leaders of the Timber Framers Guild,

Schuylerville, NY – Timber framers and volunteers will be busy this summer raising the framework for the Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center near Fort Hardy Park in the Village of Schuylerville. The project, an undertaking by the Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership, and a collaborative effort of non-profit and federal, state, and local government entities to serve as a catalyst for sustainable tourism development and community revitalization in Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties.

Having completed construction of the foundation, the Timber Framers Guild, and its volunteer crew, will begin work to stage the first floor of the building beginning on May 23. Those who are interested in training with framing specialists will need to register ahead of time at http://www.tfguild.org. Space is limited. Anyone with questions can contact Dave Roberts at 518-424-9873.

Supervisor Thomas Wood overlooks some of the timber frames

On June 14, the team will begin arranging the timber frame to prepare for a media event and project celebration day scheduled for June 16. During an 11:00am media event, the team will ceremoniously raise a cross section of the frame of the building. Partner organizations will also be on hand throughout the day at a community festival space onsite to celebrate this exciting new addition to the area. The raising of the rest of the frame will continue on Saturday, June 17.
The frame raising will continue in June, until the building panels and roof panels are in place. The team anticipates the exterior of the building and roof to be complete by the end of July. Interior framing, partition walls, and mechanical systems will be ongoing through the summer and fall. Planning for the interior exhibits and interpretive signs will be concurrent with completion anticipated in May of 2018.

The design of the timber frame visitor center is inspired by the architectural stylings of the nearby Schuyler House. The work will be completed, in part, by the Timber Framers Guild, an organization committed to enriching community through the craft of timber framing. Funding for this project has been secured through a number of grants from NYS and Saratoga County thanks to our local and state representatives.

For more information about the visitor center and construction, please visit http://www.hudsonhoosicpartnership.org/gvc. For more information about the Timber Framers Guild, please visit http://www.tfguild.org. 

OTD: A party of gentlemen inspected the electric railroads

#Onthisday in 1901, it was reported in the Schuylerville Standard that a party of gentlemen well known in financial circles, passed through town on a special car on a tour of inspection of the Powers-Colvin system of electric railroads.
The party was composed of the following gentlemen: Congressman James S. Sherman, Utica; Congressman L. N. Littauor, Gloversville; Edward Langdon, president of the Central National bank, of New York city; G. E. Fisher, Frank C. Travera, Michael E. Bannin, P. M. Monrey, Merchants’ Trust company, of New York; Congressman L. W. Emerson, Warrensburg; Senator George E. Green, Binghamton; Hon. John W. Herbert, Helmetta, N. J.; G. Tracey Rogers, president of the New York State Street Railway association; Benjamin Strong, secretary Atlantic Trust company, New York; Joseph A. Powers, Troy; Thomas O’Connor, Waterford.
This was a time of consolidations in the Electric Railroad industry. It was reported on September 14, 1901 in Electrical World and Engineer that “A joint agreement of consolidation between the Glens Falls, Sandy Hill & Fort Edward Street Railway Company; Warren County Railway; Stillwater & Mechanicsville Street Railway Company; Greenwich & Schuylerville Electric Railway; Saratoga Traction Company and Saratoga Northern Railway has been filed with the Secretary of State. The capital stock of these companies is $2,600,000. The name of the new company is Hudson Valley Railway Company. The principal office is at Waterford NY which is the southern terminal of the above system of electric railroads heretofore known as the Powers Colvin system.”
Many of the men on this trip were very notable.
Congressman James Sherman (October 24, 1855 – October 30, 1912) was not only the United States Representative from New York but was the 27th Vice President of the United States (1909–12), under President William Howard Taft. He was a member of the inter-related Baldwin, Hoar, and Sherman families, prominent lawyers and politicians of New England. Although not a high-powered administrator, he made a natural committee chairman, and his genial personality eased the workings of the House, so that he was known all his life as ‘Sunny Jim’. He was the first Vice President to fly in a plane (New York, 1911), and also the first to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. To date, Sherman is the last Vice President to have died in office.
Lucius Nathan Littauer (January 20, 1859 – March 2, 1944) served in the United States House of Representatives from New York for five terms between 1897 and 1907. Littauer graduated from Harvard University in 1878 and was the school’s first head football coach, guiding the Crimson to a record of 5–1–2 in 1881. In 1936 his donation of $2 million helped found Harvard’s Graduate School of Public Administration, which later was renamed the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Benjamin Strong, Jr. (December 22, 1872 – October 16, 1928) was an American banker. He served as the first Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for 14 years until his death. Strong exerted great influence over the policy and actions of the entire Federal Reserve System—and indeed over the financial policies of all of the United States and Europe.

On this day

On this day in 1764, Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures; in 1775, John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress, replacing Peyton Randolph; in 1797, future President Thomas Jefferson writes to his friend Angelica Schuyler Church (daughter of General Schuyler), inquiring casually about their mutual friend, Maria Cosway, a woman who had once captured his heart and inspired a romantically-themed essay; in 1862. the 77th New York Volunteers were in action at Mechanicsville, VA and it was described “the Seventy-seventh New York and Thirty-third New York advanced again, and, in marching up, received a heavy volley of musketry and solid shot from their 12-pounders with a “charge bayonets,” and one of the most terrific roars, that seemed like the bursting of a huge cataract from its barriers, on they rushed; first the cavalry fled, and before the infantry got close enough to see the whites of their eyes, their infantry broke and ran in all directions through the woods;” in 1879, the weavers were on strike at Victory Company and on this night in 1960, the USS Saratoga collided with the German freighter Bernd Leonhardt off North Carolina. 
On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by subscribing to our blog at http://ift.tt/2czXtwq 
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)

Saratoga Battlefield Honors Memorial Day

img_9625Stillwater, NY: On Memorial Day (May 29th), Saratoga National Historical Park, located on Route 4 and 32 in Stillwater, will offer special living history programming and readings which honor Americans who fought and died in the 1777 Revolutionary War Battles of Saratoga. The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is free.

“Nearly 500 Americans were killed or wounded in the Battles of Saratoga,” said Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer. “While some were from New York State, most of the fallen were from New England, and most are still buried on the battlefield in unmarked graves.” This year’s event will focus on the sacrifices made by Connecticut militiamen who lost their lives at Saratoga in 1777.

Living history activities which showcase aspects of militia soldier life at Saratoga in 1777. At 11:00am and 3:00pm, park staff and volunteers from the public will be invited to read the names of Connecticut men who died in the Battles of Saratoga, battles which marked the “most important battle fought in the world during the last 1,000 years.” At 1:00pm, the sorrowful story of the widow of one of Connecticut’s fallen soldiers will be discussed.

For more information on this or other programs at Saratoga National Historical Park, the national park in your backyard, call the visitor center at 518-670-2985 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/sara follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaratogaNHP