Saratoga Reads event explores local lore of Depression era
"Tales from the Watering Hole: Remembering Depression-Era Saratoga" is
the title of a Saratoga Reads panel discussion to be held
from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in the H. Dutcher Community Room at
the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The event is sponsored
by the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Friends of the Library, and the
Saratoga Springs History Museum.
The panel is part of a series of events exploring the themes of the
best-selling novel Water for Elephants, selected by a public vote as
this year's Saratoga Reads book of choice. The novel tells the tale of a
ragtag traveling circus during the Great Depression.
Through presentations and discussion, panelists will cover a range of
topics related to Depression-era Saratoga, from the colorful
entertainment and occasionally notorious figures of the times to the
impact of the Depression on the local community.
Panelists will include Mary Ann Fitzgerald, city historian and
co-founder of the West Side Oral Narrative Project; Ellen de Lalla,
historian for the public library; and writer Maria McBride Bucciferro.
The moderator will be David Patterson, past president of the
Historical Society (now the History Museum) and a teacher at Saratoga
Springs High School.
Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the
Information Desk at the library. Refreshments will be served.