Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project
The Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project is an ongoing exploration of the contemporary and historical life of Saratoga County and Skidmore College. Overseen by the project coordinator and in collaboration with participating departments, the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP) 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. Available to students from any discipline, the Project supports independent studies and for-credit internship opportunities in the documentary arts.
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. For details, see the website.
In 2016, the SSMP and History Department partnered with the Humanities Action Lab (Project HAL) to participate in the nationwide States of Incarceration project, which culminated with an exhibition and series of events in September 2017. Work has begun on the 2018–20 collaboration with more than 40 colleges and universities on the next project, centered on environmental justice.
Long-form audio and/or video interviews of faculty, staff, students and residents whose stories will become part of the Skidmore College Special Collections.
- Suggest an interview. (Please include your name and contact info, the interviewee and a little information about him/her/them, and any comments).
A series of 5- to 7-minute videos revealing the hidden histories of the city and college.
- Suggest a story topic! (Please include your name and contact info, the topic and why you selected it, and any comments).
The People of Saratoga Springs: In progress.
- A project to develop a database based on Saratoga Springs census records and city directories
Memory Project Practicum
Hands-on work on a memory project, often in collaboration with a community partner (such as the city historian, Saratoga Springs History Museum and or the Saratoga Adult and Senior Center). Practica might be designed by faculty working with partners or students interested in pursuing a collaborative documentary project. May be 1–4 credits. Projects to date include an exhibition and a documentary short film. For a selection of courses and projects to date click here.
Small grants to community documentarians, institutions and organizations involved with the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project or similar faculty/student partnership.
To apply, the community partner should write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and briefly describe the project that the funds will support (250–500 words), the name(s) of the Skidmore partner and the date funds are needed by. The MDOCS Advisory Board will review requests on a rolling basis, consulting with the Skidmore partner, and endeavor to respond within two weeks.