SARATOGA COUNTY - A new group of history buffs with a goal of deepening its members' understanding of local history has been formed.
The Saratoga County History Roundtable evolved from the Ballston Area History Roundtable established in April 2018. The name was changed to recognize that its membership, programs and projects have expanded beyond the Ballston Spa area.
The roundtable will continue to work in close collaboration with the Saratoga County Historical Society and its home, Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. The roundtable has re-launched the quarterly "The Gristmill -- Saratoga County History Journal," originally published by Brookside from the 1970s until the 1990s.
Currently, several local historians and roundtable members are working on a project to expand online access to oral history narratives held in local municipal, library and private history collections. Future initiatives include creation of additional oral histories, school activities and joint meetings with other organizations. It has also launched a website.
The group's next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Grooms Tavern, located at 290 Sugar Hill Road, Clifton Park. Clifton Park Town Historian John Scherer will discuss some of his interesting experiences in researching town history.
The group plans to meet monthly, either at the Brookside Museum or elsewhere, according to coordinator Jim Richmond.