Saratoga National Historical Park is in the process of a Comprehensive Wayside Rehabilitation Project that has been funded by the National Park Service (approx $800,000). The park’s current 60 “wayside” signs (outdoor exhibits about 36” above the ground with images and text describing the cultural or natural importance of the landscape) laid out across the scenic 10-mile tour road that date back to the 1960s and 1970s.
The new plan focuses on an improved understanding and orientation to the Battles of Saratoga, and includes new scholarship, new commissioned artwork, new human interest stories, and expanded opportunities for mobile web applications.
In late summer 2014, the park unveiled a document called “Themes and Concepts” downloadable PDF file (248 kb) outlining ideas for the new waysides. It was presented to the public, academics, historians, Friends members, and youth. With feedback and edits to that document, the park is now working on a “Text and Art” document for each wayside stop.
The Text and Art document will be reviewed extensively during 2015 summer and fall. From the regional ethnologist, to Native Nations (whose stories are told) to program accessibility specialists (for persons with special needs), and of course, further historic and academic review for historic integrity and accuracy and interpretive/education specialists for engaging language.
- A copy of the informational packet from the meeting is available as a downloadable PDF file (13 MB)