On this day – May 16

On this day in 1770, Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France (who supported American Independences by secretly supplying the Americans before the Victory at Saratoga and then publically with troops and a navy after Saratoga); in 1930, Schuylerville’s Joseph Canzeri, was born and he went on to serve Governor Rockerfeller, President Reagan and President George Bush along with organizing Dr. Martin Luther King and Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s funerals; in 1971, the cost of first-class postage went from 6 to 8 cents; and in 2002, the Schuylerville Village-wide Spring Clean Up allowed for one trash and debris pick up for each household. 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 https://ift.tt/u3QXyYd (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.) May 16

Saratoga is home to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

“It means that nowthere is a place to honor our veterans, a place that is nearby for the familes” said former U.S. Representative Gerald B. Solomon. Saratoga is home to the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. In 1992, the site was chosen for the $22.5 million cemetery. “We liked the spot for a number of reasons, it’s accessible. From a visual standpoint, it’s pure environment with views across the Hudson River Valley. It’s less than a half a mile from the Saratoga National Historical Park, the land is gently rolling – it’s just a good spot for it” said Donna St. John from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. (Saratogian 18 June 1992) “It means that now there is a place to honor our veterans, a place that is nearby for the familes”said former U.S. Representative Gerald B. Solomon to the Saratogian (12 November 1997). “This means a lot to those who served their nation.” We honor our veterans in the Town of Saratoga. The Town of Saratoga has seen a number of battles in the 18th Century including the Turning Point of the American War of Independence. At the close of the 20th Century (1999) we were honored to become the home of the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery which provides a dignified military funeral honors and cemetery to Veterans who have defended our nation. The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the cemetery as part of a system of 135 national cemeteries. All told there is 351.7 acres of land in the Town of Saratoga devoted to the memorization of those who served this nation.

USS Saratoga

#otd in 1945, Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga The USS Saratoga was named for the American Victory at Saratoga. There were six US Navy ships named after the Battles of Saratoga. The USS Saratoga is an example of an effort to honor those who died or were wounded in service to their country and the causes for which they made their sacrifices. The actions in the Town of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, and USS Saratoga are part of a legacy that have contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.

USS Saratoga

#otd the USS Saratoga (CV-3) underway in Puget Sound with a stern view of her flight deck and 5″/38 mounts. Over the span of her service, Saratoga’s aviators landed on her deck 98,549 times. The USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The USS Saratoga was named for the American Victory at Saratoga. There were six US Navy ships named after the Battles of Saratoga. The USS Saratoga is an example of an effort to honor those who died or were wounded in service to their country and the causes for which they made their sacrifices. The actions in the Town of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, and USS Saratoga are part of a legacy that have contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.

On this day – May 15

On this day in 1950, the Swiss Chalet tavern burned near Grangerville; in 1972, Jane Rodeheaver appointed new librarian; in 1977, there was the grand opening of Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne Bookshop; in 2001, freezing rain hit area, in 2002, the Schuylerville Village Board approves a $686,739. budget for fiscal year 2002 which result in a $.20 per thousand dollar assessment increase and Doug Sarno, a consultant for the EPA surveyed resident s regarding the PCB dredging of the Hudson River and in 2015, at the Schuylerville Classic the following school records were broken: Boys 4×100 relay with Joe Barber, Will Griffen, Ian Luhmann and Ben Phillips in a time of 44.27 and Girls Distance Medley Relay with Julia Freemire, Suzy Hanehan, Caitlin Scavone and Ashley Watson in a time of 13:04.92. 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 https://ift.tt/u3QXyYd (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.) May 15

OTD: The Baroness started her journey to America

#inthisday in 1777, Baroness Fredrick von Riedesel began her journey to join her husband in Canada and ultimately her journey lead to Saratoga. She describes her start:. “I set out on my journey, on the 14th of May, at five o’clock in the morning from Wolfenbiittel; and notwithstanding my passionate longing to see my husband once more, I still felt the greatness of my undertaking too much not to have a heavy heart, especially as my friends had not ceased to repeat to me the dangers to which I exposed myself. Gustava, my eldest daughter, was four years and nine months old; Frederica, my second, two years; and Caroline, my youngest child, just ten weeks old. I had, therefore, need of all my courage and all my tenderness to keep me from relinquishing my unprecedented wish to follow my husband. They represented to me not only the perils of the sea, but told me, also, that we were in danger of being eaten by the savages, and that the people in America lived upon horse-flesh and cats. Yet all this frightened me less than the thought of going into a country where I could not understand the language. However, I was prepared for every thing; and the thought of following my husband and of doing my duty, has kept me in good spirits during my whole journey.” The diary or journal of the German Baroness von Riedesel offers a vivid picture of British General John Burgoyne and the British army’s march from Canada to surrender at Saratoga. It also details the Baroness’ subsequent journey through America. Her journal is the famous narrative by a woman from the entire war (and one of the most famous from the Northern Campaign of 1777). Because she was traveling with her husband, a Brunswick General in Burgoyne’s army, the Baroness was subject to his fate. After the British surrender at Saratoga, the Baroness, her husband, their three children and almost 6,000 captured British and Hessian soldiers were marched to Boston. There the Baroness and her family were detained in comfortable surroundings for more than a year. During their stay in New York, the Baroness gave birth to a daughter, who was named America. When you are dealing with such rich historical series of events like the Battles of Saratoga, there may be some questions that pop up as you learn more about this fascinating junction in our nation’s history. You can visit the Saratoga National Historical Park in the towns of Saratoga and Stillwater. The park website is at http://ift.tt/2cxkI82 The Baroness’ Diary is available to purchase at the Park’s visitors center. The Park’s museum store is operated by Eastern National with a portion of sale proceeds going to support the Park. The museum store carries many one of a kind items and we strongly encourage your patronage. The Schuylerville Public Library http://ift.tt/2dYYY7C and all the libraries in the region have a number of books on the Battles of Saratoga. One of the more popular and well written books is Richard M Ketchum’s Saratoga: Turning Point of America’s Revolutionary War. (1997) New York: Henry Holt. ISBN 978-0-8050-6123-9. OCLC 41397623 Saratoga is known for being the turning point of the American Revolution. The Americans’ determined resistance at Saratoga, coupled with British strategic blunders, resulted in a stunning defeat and surrender for a British army. This timely victory reversed American military fortunes, boosted patriot morale, and gained them international recognition and support, including military assistance. That is why studying the Battles of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the American freedoms.

On this day – May 14

On this day in 1787, the Congress of the Confederation agreed to convene a meeting to discuss amendments to the Articles of Confederation with Alexander Hamilton was one of three delegates from New York; in 2001, the DEC approved $2.3 million water filtration plant for villages, in 2006, the Blue Moon Bouquet florist opened on Broad Street and in 2018, the Town Board honored Honoring World War II Veteran – Peter DeMarco and Korean War Veteran – Ardeen Joseph DeMarco Sr. 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 us on Facebook at https://ift.tt/dEqwpMb (Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and Town Supervisor Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.) May 14

Opening Ceremony – 1st Annual 18th Century Weekend

This photo of the Opening Ceremony on 10 August 1991. This was part of the Old Saratoga – New Schuylerville 1st Annual 18th Century Weekend. This photo was taken at the Village Park on Broad Street. In the photo is Mary Lou Liptak, Mayor Kim Gamache, and Supervisor Robert Hathaway. The photo is from the Gamache Scrapbook Collection. Gamache Scrapbook Collection Leneta E. Gamache (21 Nov 1928 – 24 Feb 2017) was born in Hudson Falls, NY and grew up in Bald Mountain section of Greenwich, NY. She married Joseph Gamache on 7 July 1946 and moved to Schuylerville, where she lived for 60 years. She was active in many church and community activities. She was employed at the Oneida Markets in Schuylerville then the Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY. Her family was very important to her and she loved large family gatherings and took numerous pictures of every occasion. These 14 scrapbooks from 1986 to 2002 focus on her son’s Kim Gamache term as Mayor of Schuylerville. Many of the photos were taken by Joseph Gamache. The Gamache Scrapbook Collection is part of the Town of Saratoga Historian’s collection. The collection is opened by appointment. You may contact us by e-mail at historiantosaratoga@gmail.com The vast majority of the collections with Town of Saratoga Historian have been donated by many generous individuals and organizations throughout our community. We greatly appreciate such generosity and continue to rely heavily on this support in order to continue building collections for future generations. If you are interested in making a donation, contact us by e-mail at historiantosaratoga@gmail.com

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. We would like to recognize Congressman Lucius Nathan Laittauer, who represent the Town of Saratoga from 1897 to 1907. The Schuylerville Standard endorsed him on 6 August 1902 by saying :“The time is rapidly approaching when a new Congress is to be elected. This district has been altered since the last election so that it now includes the counties of Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Hamilton and Warren. Among the late Congressman few were more prominent and successful in the dispatch of business, than Hon. L. N. Littauer, of Gloversyille, who represented us and who is once more a candidate for nomination. A man of the highest executive ability, clean cut and straightforward in his methods, he has become a close friend of President Roosevelt, and has been entrusted by him with the management in Congress of many questions of importance to the country. No constituent who has ever asked information or assistance but has received a prompt reply and such aid as was possible. Probably no district in the country has received a better business service than ours. Mr. Littauer will undoubtedly receive the hearty support of our county and be renominated and elected.” Laittauer was a representative that the Jewish community turned to for help on matters of international concern. In 1905 Laittauer used his influence with Rooservelt to lend assistance to the imperiled Jews of Russia. Lattauer spent his later life involved in philanthropy donating more than 6 million dollars. Among his major gifts were to his alma marta, Harvard University where he funded a Chair in Jewish Literature and Philosophy, 50,000 volumes of Hebrew text for the library and established the Graduate School for Public Administration (now known as the Kennedy School). He funded hospitals in Breslau (Germany), Paris (France) and New York (including the hospital in Gloversville). In 1901, Littauer traveled to Schuylerville with a group of fiscal experts on a tour of inspection of the Hudson Valley Railway Company. On this trip, was Congressman James Sherman (24 October 1855 – 30 October 1912), who went on to become the 27th Vice President of the United States (1909–12), and banker Benjamin Strong, Jr. (22 December 1872 – 16 October 1928), who went on to be the first Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like Lucius Nathan Littauer that help define this country and our region. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human May is the month that pays tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. By Congressional resolution and Presidential proclamation, May is Jewish American Heritage Month.

On this day – May 13

On this day in 1746, William Norwood is killed by Indians while fishing along the Hudson River at Saratoga, in 1958, the David Nevins Fire Department got new $31,000 firetruck ; in 1970, Home Lodge #398 F&AM first met in Spring St. building and in 2018, Schuylerville High School junior Emily Swenson won the New York State Championship in the Women’s Varsity Quad rowing. 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 for compiling information for this timetable.) May 13