BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum is reinventing itself as the Saratoga County History Center.
For nearly 60 years, the organization has focused primarily on Brookside Museum, a 1792 summer boarding house in Ballston Spa, catering to local history enthusiasts and genealogy hunters. On the brink of closing in 2019, a “Save Brookside” campaign was launched, ultimately raising over $90,000.
Rather than concentrating exclusively on Ballston Spa locals and museum walk-ins, the organization now endeavors to represent all the diverse populations and histories of Saratoga County as a whole through a variety of online and in-person exhibits, programs, and events. Thus, rebranding as the Saratoga County History Center with a vision to “share history to promote community.”
As Saratoga County’s History Center, “Brookside” will act as the nerve center, clearinghouse, and repository for use throughout the county. It will be a resource for local historians, libraries, and governments, as well as those around the globe seeking information about Saratoga County and its environs. It will also be a member-driven organization, reliant upon member dues, donations, and participation. Memberships are being sought throughout the county and beyond. A sizable membership will create a dependable revenue stream and identify stakeholders regardless of location.
The transition to Saratoga County History Center is anticipated to become official after approval by its chartering entity, the Board of Regents of the State Education Department.