continued In 1987 the visitor’s center opened under the management of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. In 1989, the city took over operationof the visitor’s center and made it part of the mayor’s office.
Today, the center’s staff spend a lot of time fielding questions.
“It’s more than telling people where to stay or dine, there’s an educational commitment. We show a movie called ‘Discover Saratoga.’ It’s a little bit dated but it gives history of the town. We have people at the front desk with many resources to share and an entire room of brochures,” said Roberts.
Tours of the building are also provided, which take about fifteen minutes.
Saratoga is a destination, and as such is host to many folks passing through on their way to Lake Placid, or to Canada from New York City or Boston.
“We get to snag people who don’t even know they’re going to spend the night here. They get so much personal service and carefully prepared information to help them in their travels,” said Roberts.
One of the more peculiar requests at the center was for driving directions to Mexico.
“We also serve our community. We have regular exhibits, one we have right now is about Solomon Northrup and that went back up because Brad Pitt is making a move about Solomon Northrup,” said Roberts.
The center also gives Brown Bag Lunch programs through the Library and works in conjunction with the History Museum and the Racing Museum on what is called HHH, for Health, History and Horses. Additionally, the center assists area schools with their fourth grade syllabus as it relates to teaching students about local history, giving walking tours of Congress Park and the History Museum.
Through History Legends and Lore, the center also gives guided walking tours of the park to the general public during the summer that covers 200 years of history in ninety minutes.