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Join RCHS for our Spring Bus Trip to Lenox, MA.
Tour The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, enjoy lunch in Lenox,
then tour the Ventfort Mansion and Gilded Age Museum.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY March 13th
Click here for Registation Form.

NEWS from The Rensselaer County Historical Society

Scenic Overlook: Perspectives on Rensselaer County’s Changing Landscapes is now on view in the Grimm Gallery. View the exhibit Thursday-Saturday Noon-5pm.

Our 2015 Membership campaign is underway.
Safeguard our region’s history by becoming a new member or renewing today.

Prospect of America: Selections of the Edgar Holloway Art Collection Part 2 is now on view, Thursday-Saturday Noon-5pm.

RCHS has joined New York Heritage, a web site of digitized material from around the state. The Historical Society’s first digitized collection is the Edgar Holloway (1914-2008) Watercolor and Etchings Collection. Click here to see the collection.

Several Edgar Holloway Watercolor and Etching Collection reproductions are now available for ordering. Visit our Request A Print page to browse and learn more.

We are happy to announce that the Poestenkill Lion is back home at RCHS after undergoing preservation. To learn more about the lion in an article written by local blog All Over Albany, click here.

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  • Programs

    The Rensselaer County Historical Society offers visitors many unique opportunities for learning. Our extensive object and library collections, historic buildings, and historic neighborhood allow educators, students and adult groups to experience history firsthand.

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  • Research Library

    RCHS manages and administers the largest local history library, archives and research center in Rensselaer County. These collections, comprising more than 30,000 items, are the fastest-growing and most well-used collections at RCHS.

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