John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
Presenting Research to Community Partners

Reenacting Battle of Saratoga 2012

Jones & Moore '08 Write Campus History Together

Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project

The Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project is an ongoing exploration of the contemporary and historical life of Saratoga County and Skidmore College. Overseen by the director and in coordination with participating departments, the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP) documents the rich history and cultures of Saratoga County and the contribution of historical and contemporary figures on the national and international stage. The Memory Project balances critical inquiry with the goals and interests of community partners and the broader public. Available to students from any discipline, the Project supports independent studies and for-credit internship opportunities in the documentary arts.

The SSMP has worked with area archives, museums, and historians; arts organizations; community organizations as well as Skidmore faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. Initial projects include an oral history database, collecting and exhibiting area maps, and helping the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Springs tell the story of 60 Years Young in a documentary video and exhibit.  For details, see the website.

Skidmore-Saratoga Stories:Long-form audio and/or video interviews of faculty, staff, students, and residents whose stories will become part of the Skidmore College Special Collections.

  o    Suggest an interview. (Please include your name and contact info, the interviewee and a little information about him/her/them, and any comments).

Skidmore-Saratoga Shorts: A series of 5- to 7-minute videos revealing the hidden histories of the city and college.
  o    Suggest a story topic! (Please include your name and contact info, the topic and why you selected it, and any comments).

The People of Saratoga Springs: In progress.
 o    A project to develop a database based on Saratoga Springs census records and city directories

Memory Project Practicum:Hands-on work on a memory project, often in collaboration with a community partner (such as the city historian, Saratoga Springs History Museum, and Saratoga Adult and Senior Center). Practica might be designed by faculty working with partners or students interested in pursuing a collaborative documentary project. May be 1–4 credits. Projects to date include an exhibition and a documentary short film.

Community Partner Grants: Small grants to community documentarians, institutions, and organizations involved with the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project or similar faculty/student partnership. 
To apply, the community partner should write to, and briefly describe the project that the funds will support (250–500 words), the name(s) of the Skidmore partner, and the date funds are needed by. The MDOCS Advisory Board will review requests on a rolling basis, consulting with the Skidmore partner, and endeavor to respond within two weeks.