August 7 - 1pm
Flags at Half Mast
Historian, author and educator Brooks D. Simpson will draw from three of his books: The Reconstruction Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, Triumph and Adversity and Let Us Have Peace in his presentation.. Brooks Simpson is the commemorative speaker at this annual event which acknowledges Grant’s funeral in August of 1885. Images from the funeral procession in New York City will be viewed in the Visitor Center later in the day.
August 14 -- 1pm
Thank You President Grant
National Park Superintendent, Amy Bracewell, will share information about President Grant's steps to sign into existence the world's first national park in 1872 -.Yellowstone. Grant played an integral role in the protection of our nations' treasures This year is the centennial year for the National Park Service which President Wilson signed into law. Following Supt Bracewell's presentation visitors will enjoy birthday cake acknowledging the park's 100th birthday.
August 17 - 1pm
Our Wealthy Neighbors to the North
In 1880’’s a nearby village on the Hudson River supplied power, lumber, paper, lime, and textiles to growing industries. A buckboard company catered to the rich and famous. Join Chapman Museum educator, Kim Harvish, for a glimpse into the life of Gens Falls, our wealthy neighbors to the north in 1885.
August 20 -- 1pm
THE MALTA ROCKET TEST STATION – America’s First Step into Space
When we think of the American space program, Cape Canaveral and Houston come to mind---- but the first American rocket test facility was tucked in among the pines of the Luther Forest Preserve. The race to the Moon began in Malta, NY. On August 20 Paul Perreault, Town of Malta Historian, will tell how the German V-2 rockets were taken directly from the battlefields of Europe to be studied by General Electric scientists and engineers at the Malta Rocket Test Station. Perreault has been the Malta Town historian since 2009. He is a retired school administrator from the Ballston Spa School District. Previously he taught history at Shenendehowa High School. He received a BA in History from Siena College and a MA from SUNY Albany.
Sunday, August 21 - 1pm
Saratoga War Horse
Robert E. Lee called James Longstreet " My old war horse." General Longstreet ( portrayed by Grant Cottage tour guide Steve Trimm ) will join us today to talk about the real war horses, like Grant's Cincinnati and Lee's Traveller, and the indispensable, contributions they made to the Northern and Southern war efforts. General Longstreet will also talk about the special bonds of trust and affection that can develop between men and horses. The second half of the program will be presented by Bob Nevins, founder and director of Saratoga War Horse. Bob will explain how Saratoga War Horse supports veterans of more recent wars who are suffering from PTSD " by providing a confidential peer-to-peer, action based, equine-assisted experience that initiates immediate and empowering change. " For more info, visit: saratogawarhorse.com/
August 24 - 1pm
Freedom Journey USCT