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Many people who have worked or studied at Skidmore College or lived in Saratoga Springs or the surrounding area carry the memories that help us tell the stories of our communities.

This collection offers a glimpse into our past in the voices of those who have shared their stories.

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Stacey Gerrish Interview
An interview with Stacey Gerrish, '87, about her college days at Skidmore College. MDOCS interviewed Ms. Gerrish' grandmother on the same day. Ms. Gerrish talked about teaching a friend to drive, her work reading the news at WSPN and other…

Barbara Stroock Kaufman Interview
Barbara Stroock Kaufman '40 studied Studio Art at Skidmore College. Though she never finished her degree, Kaufman continued as a sculptor. Her art, influenced by Asian cultures, decorates Skidmore's memorial garden.

In this interview, conducted…

The Pink Palace
Audio doc about Moore Hall (the Pink Palace) by Dan Plumer, '16, made as part of Radio Storytelling, Spring 2015, taught by Eileen McAdam

Interviews with Sandra "Sandy" Welter
This life history interview shares the story of Sandra "Sandy" Welter, who worked as director of University Without Wall (UWW) prison program, administrator for the Master of Arts and Liberal Studies (MALS), and English professor at Skidmore College…

Interview with Ken Klotz
This is an oral history of Ken Klotz for the Saratoga Springs Memory Project. Ken is a former faculty member of Skidmore College, Ex-Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Former Finance Commissioner, and Former Chair of the Saratoga Democratic Committee. In…

Interview with Joseph Levy
This is an interview with Joesph Levy, a photographer who moved to Saratoga in the 70's. He is known for is photography at the Saratoga Race Track, and also ran for state senate with the Green Party. Levy has made an impact on the arts community in…

Interview with Jacob Navarrete, '08
Navarrete, '08, from Dallas, Texas, graduated with a double major in psychology and history, focusing on existential psychology with Sheldon Solomon and American History with Jennifer Delton. He started working with Prof. Solomon in LS1 (Liberal…

Interview with Travis Roe Raymond, '08
Roe Raymond, '08, majored in religious studies, is from central New Jersey. He remembers the first night on campus as having some returning students come to Jonsson Tower and invite first years to join them at an event. That welcome helped break…

Interview with Bill Ladd, '83
Ladd, '83, was a theater major who studied with Carolyn Anderson. He hails from Wayne, Maine, and currently lives in Framingham, Massachusetts. He recalls faculty including Phyllis Roth and Pat Lee pushing him to excel, acting in a movie while…

Interview with Greg Hess, '78
Hess, a double major in chemistry and biology, and minor in business, describes how he came to take ballet classes and starting the Skidmore Hockey Club. He also worked as a ski instructor at West Mountain and Gore. Hess recalls that the letter of…

Interview with Dave Paterson
An oral history interview with Dave Paterson, formerly a History Teacher at Saratoga High School and president of the Saratoga Springs History Meusuem, currently a tour guide at Saratoga Tours. In this interview, he discusses his journey to Saratoga…

Interview with Lawrence Opitz
Interview with Professor Lawrence Opitz, professor of theater at Skidmore College, and founder of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company. He came to Saratoga from New York City in 1974.

Interview with Eric Morser
Eric Morser is an associate professor in the Skidmore Department of History, and Faculty Director of Civic Engagement.

Interview with Parker Diggory
Parker Diggory joined Skidmore as the Directory of Religious and Spiritual Life in 2016. She talks about her relationship to Saratoga Springs, religious life on campus, and religious life in town.

Interview with Samantha Bosshart
Samantha Bosshart talks about her experience preserving the history of Saratoga Springs.

Interview with Kris Leggiero
Two to three sentences about the interview.

Interview with Marc Woodworth
An oral history interview with professor and alumni Marc Woodworth. He discusses his time as a student on campus versus as a professor, and life as a Saratogian in general.

Interview with Brittany O'Brien, 2011
Brittany, a psychology major at Skidmore, is currently working for ESPN.

Interview with Kelly Blackhurst, '14
Kelly is currently the interim head field hockey coach at Denison University. She was a managament and business major.

Interview with Melvis Langyintuo '12
Langyintuo '12 from Tamale, Ghana, graduated with a double major in business and economics and served as class president for four years. He remains connected to Skidmore through local happy hours and an Alum finance group. After his graduation, he…
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