‘Brandtville Blues’

February marks Black History month in the United States as a way to recognize the important contributions that African Americans have made to our country. As a way to highlight this important history in Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will welcome local author, educator, and musician Carol Daggs to speak about her family’s 120 + year history as Saratogians featured in her book “Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues.” Join the Foundation for this hour-long virtual program on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7 pm on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Carol Daggs. Photo: MLKSaratoga.com

Carol Daggs’ recent novel “Saratoga Brandtville Blues” is this year’s Saratoga Reads! selection from the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Her presentation, based on the book, will discuss the “Brandtville” area on the east side of Saratoga Springs. This area was also known as the ‘Gaslands’ for its high carbon dioxide levels from the mineral springs. Many residents of this area found employment in the grand hotels, restaurants, or at the racecourse. Carol focuses her narrative on her family’s rich farming history of this neighborhood and their subsequent story as the area changed over the decades.

Carol has also been featured as a contributing author to the 2017 anthology “Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting” featuring fifteen New York State women authors and edited by Patricia Nugent. In addition, Carol is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who has played at the famed Apollo Theater.

“We look forward to highlighting this history that was integral to the development of Saratoga Springs and are pleased to bring our viewers Carol’s unique perspective of the development this East Side community,” remarked Executive Director Samantha Bosshart.

This program is open to the public for a suggested contribution of $10 and pre-registration is required to attend on Zoom. For additional information or to register for the virtual program visit www.saratogapreservation.org or call (518) 587-5030. Everyone who pre-registers for this program will be emailed a Zoom link in advance.

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