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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Overcoming an Identity Crisis

Well, it's not a crisis, really. Just a bit of a P.R. challenge: Getting used to calling what was known for decades at the Saratoga Springs Historical Society by its relatively new name, the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Got it?

Folks from the Saratoga Springs History Museum met with some of us at the newspaper this morning to talk about ways in which The Saratogian can assist in speading the word about this being the year of their 125th anniversary. The museum, located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park, is well worth a visit. The museum is planning several special events over the course of the year, as well as its annual favorites, such as the summertime antique show and sale.

The name change makes sense if you consider that its main focus is the museum. Besides, they thought a "historical society" sounded like an exclusive club, when they really want people to feel welcomed into the organization.

In addition to the monthly column about local history, during this anniversary year The Saratogian plans to publish a monthly column from the museum that will include a trivia question for you to answer, plus a special edition at the end of March.

Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, call 584-6920 for more information about visiting the museum or getting involved in its good work.


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