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Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project

Presenting Research to Community PartnersFounded by MDOCS' innaugural director, Jordana Dym, The Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP) is an ongoing exploration of the contemporary and historical life of Saratoga County and Skidmore College. The archival project documents the rich history and cultures of Saratoga County and the contribution of historical and contemporary figures on the national and international stage. The Memory Project balances critical inquiry with the goals and interests of community partners and the broader public. 

Reenacting Battle of Saratoga 2012

The SSMP has worked with area archives, museums and historians; arts organizations; community organizations; and Skidmore faculty, staff, retirees and alumni. Initial projects include an oral history database, collecting and exhibiting area maps and helping the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Springs tell the story of 60 Years Young in a documentary video and exhibit. 

States of Incarceration student-guided visit


In 2016, the SSMP and History Department partnered with the Humanities Action Lab (Project HAL) to participate in the nationwideStates of Incarceration project, which culminated with an exhibition and series of events in September 2017.


Know of a Skidmore or a Saratoga story that needs telling? Interested in recording someone's oral history, but not sure where to start? Or perhaps your organization has a box full of audio tapes, that you're not sure what to do with? To suggest a person, topic, or organization for inclusion in the Memory Project, please write to - include your name, contact info, name of the person/place/thing and a little information about the subject.