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Next up for their downtown tours is "Walk In the Footsteps of Uncle Sam," on Sept. 10, inspired by the fact that "This is the Mbt Running Shoes Uk

"Skidmore College's history is very much intertwined with the history of Saratoga Springs," says Trela. "And some of the original buildings were some of the oldest and most beautiful Queen Anne style buildings along Union Avenue."

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Other historic society tours this fall will include a Sept. 17 program showcasing the downtown's architectural gems and runout tours of such notable Troy sites as the Lansingburgh Academy and the Frear Building. "One of the reasons we do the different themed tours is that we're blessed with such diverse history, and downtown Troy is such a Vans For Kids 2016

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walkable city that it's easy to do," says Frank.

It's this enthusiasm that caught the ear of Gloria May, one of her visitors center colleagues who also gives walking tours of places like the Queen City's Greenridge Cemetery on behalf of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation.

50th anniversary of Congress declaring Sam Wilson of Troy the progenitor of the Uncle Sam figure," says Frank.

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Trela's walking tours usually last between an hour and a half and two hours; "Sometimes they run over, but they don't very often run under," she says with a laugh. "It's a great way to spend a Sunday morning.

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Taking steps through history

Another popular perambulatory adventure is offered at historic cemeteries like Saratoga's Greenridge a throwback to Victorian days when families often picnicked in these well kept greenswards. Troy's Oakwood Cemetery offers a program of occasional themed tours of the grounds during the temperate months; Upcoming jaunts include "Tiffany Windows, Waterfalls and a 100 Mile View" on Sept 24, "Celtic Crosses of Oakwood" on Oct. 8 and a fall foliage hike through the grounds on Oct. 15.

"It allowed me to give more of the total history of Saratoga and its growth," she says. "There's certainly been a Vans Chukka High lot of colorful history in this town."

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May thought Trela a natural for the foundation tours. "I started last year, moving on to a different kind of tour," she says one she'll be leading in September: A look at the origins of Skidmore College, and at the architecture of some of the beautiful buildings it once occupied, entitled "A Campus Queen Annes."

The foundation offers Summer Sunday Strolling Tours, at locations throughout the city, from June through September, rain or shine (though the recent visit of Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the Aug. 28 tour program).

While working professionally as a programmer, Linda Trela recalls, "When I had free time, I went looking for opportunities to volunteer." And she found one that suited a yen for anecdotal history: Giving walking tours through Saratoga's Congress Park on behalf of the Saratoga Visitors Center.

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"In September and October, we offer walking tours on Saturdays that begin and end at the farmers market (along the riverfront), because it's so popular," says Ilene Frank, the society's executive director.

just one of many locations in the region where walking tours avail themselves of a rich and well preserved series of downtown areas and neighborhoods. Troy's architecturally rich downtown and diverse history have been the subject of numerous walking tours offered by the Rensselaer County Historical Society out of their headquarters, the former Hart Cluett Mansion on Second Street.

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