GLENS FALLS – A program celebrating the 1916 presidential campaign of Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St. in Glens Falls.
Exactly 100 years ago, Hughes — a former New York governor and U.S. Supreme Court justice — ran against, and was narrowly defeated by, incumbent President Woodrow Wilson.
Hughes, the Republican Party’s nominee, will be portrayed by biographer William Loughrey, who will talk about Hughes’s career during an interview with Saratogian reporter Paul Post.
After the 1916 election, Hughes later became U.S. Secretary of State and was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for more than a decade, into the early 1940s.
The free program will also include music, a state Legislative proclamation read by Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, and an official Congressional Record entry honoring Hughes from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro.
Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner, D-Round Lake, will also take part along with James B. Kobak, principal of the New York City law firm, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, which Charles Hughes founded in 1888.
At 11 and 3 p.m., the Chapman Historical Museum will offer free walking tours starting at The Hyde. Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling (518) 793-2831 or going to www.chapmanmuseum.org.
At present, Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center has an exhibit about Hughes called “Charles Evans Hughes, A Native Son,” which will run through Dec. 31.
Many local restaurants are offering $19.16 dinner specials, to commemorate the 1916 election, through this Saturday. They are: 190 Grille; Cooper’s Cave; Gourmet Cafe; The Bullpen; Siam Thai Sushi; Raul’s; The Queensbury Hotel; Morgan and Co.; and The Grateful Den.
Davidson Brothers Brewing has specials through this Sunday, while Samantha’s Cafe is offering buy one-get one gift certificates for $19.16.
Glens Falls brewers are also raising their glasses to Hughes’ memory with special brews. Davidson Brothers Brewing is offering a “Hughes Ale,” a British derivative American ale; Cooper’s Cave is offering a first-ever Black IPA; and Mean Max Brew Works is offering a “Charlie’s Lager.”
The Hyde Collection is offering free admission throughout the day on Saturday.
Charles Evans Hughes Day is sponsored in part by Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company and the New York Council for the Humanities.
For more information go to: www.hydecollection.org or call (518) 792-1761.