Public Programs, Summer 2014
Jan 31, 2:00 pm
Band of Giants
Jack Kelly, author of Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence, reviews the motley collection of men who fought for American independence and provides fascinating stories of some of the war’s more colorful characters.
Feb 7, 2:00pm
John Quincy Adams and the Treaty of Ghent
Appearing as John Quincy Adams, Vince Puliafico will explore the Treaty of Ghent negotiations that ended the War of 1812 and try to answer what the US gained and who really won the war.
Feb 21, 2:00pm
Ray Misciewicz, a nuclear engineer and expert on nuclear submarines, discusses the four U.S. Navy submarines named “Seawolf” that span from 1911 through today, chronicling their technological developments and the stories of the remarkable and courageous submariners who manned them.
March 12, 7:00pm
The Long Walk
Brian Castner discusses his critically acclaimed book, The Long Walk, about his experiences with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit in Iraq and his subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder. The book has been adapted into an opera and selections will be performed. Co-sponsored with Opera Saratoga
March 14, 2:00pm
FDR and America on the Eve of War
As a renown reenactor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gary Stamm will explore from Roosevelt’s perspective how militarily unprepared the United States was when war broke out in Europe, and how we had to play catch-up and did so in a miraculous way, even while greatly aiding England, while skillfully balancing the vocal anti-war segment.
March 21, 2:00pm
Camp Followers of the Revolutionary War
National Park Ranger Jennifer Richard-Morrow shares stories of followers of the army on both sides of the American Revolution and how these brave women and their families served many important support roles, including mending and cleaning soldiers’ clothing and caring for sick and injured soldiers. While they did not fight, camp followers shared all other struggles and hardships of the soldiers—freezing cold, scorching heat, extreme sickness, hunger, thirst, even military justice.
March 27, 6pm-9pm
Night at the Brewseum
Sample a wide selection of the finest craft beers around along with food from local restaurants and caterers at the fourth annual Night at the Brewseum. The popular event sells out quickly, so order tickets by calling the Museum Gift Shop at 518-226-0490. Co-sponsored with Saratoga Lions Club
April 4, 2:00pm
Battle of Plattsburgh
The Battle of Plattsburg is one of the most important battles in American history, and also one of the least understood. Keith Herkalo, author of The Battles of Plattsburg, September 11, 1814, provides an informative and entertaining narrative of this significant campaign.
April 11, 2:00pm
Arnold or Gates?
National Park Rangers Joe Craig and Eric Schnitzer present a lively debate over who was the true hero in the Battles of Saratoga—Horatio Gates, commander of the American army, or Benedict Arnold, the army’s fighting general. Hear both arguments, and join in to voice your opinion!
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New York State Military Museum
61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866