Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project
Founded 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.
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.
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.
To suggest a person, story, topic or organization for one of the projects below, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org - include your name, contact info, name of the person/place/thing and a little information about the subject.
Long-form audio and/or video interviews of faculty, staff, students and residents whose stories will become part of the Skidmore College Special Collections.
A series of 5-7 minute videos revealing the hidden histories of the city and college.
The People of Saratoga Springs: In progress.
A project to develop a database based on Saratoga Springs census records and city directories