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Welcome from Ilene Frank, Executive Director

Ilene 2014

Summer is here! And with the blue skies and sun comes the launch of the 2014 Annual Fund Campaign. RCHS is honored that Elaine Larkin Grimm is serving as Chair of this year’s campaign. The Annual Fund provides essential unrestricted support necessary for the ongoing maintenance of the Museum’s historic buildings, staff salaries, and priority programs, including research, education, and exhibitions.

Please join Elaine and our Board of Trustees in supporting this campaign. You can easily make a donation by clicking on the pay pal link, or call the museum for other ways to make your donation. As always, thank you to our supporters who ensure RCHS is here to provide great history programming and exhibits.

We’re only half way through summer and RCHS has some programs and events this August that you don’t want to miss. Don’t get me wrong, we here at RCHS love, love, love our Deck Party but we’re doing something a little different this month. Please join us on August 12th for the Downton Troy Courtyard Party and celebrate in RCHS’s beautiful courtyard with music, drinks, food and good cheer! If you haven’t guessed yet, our Courtyard Party is inspired by the very popular Downton Abbey series so consider attending in some 1920s style attire or accessories – totally optional. Click here for more information.

RCHS has teamed up with Oakwood Cemetery for a two part walking tour – Second Street Meets Oakwood Cemetery. Part one includes a walking tour of Second Street in Troy on Saturday, August 16th with RCHS staffer (and Rensselaer County and Troy Historian) Kathy Sheehan and architect Doug Bucher where they will introduce you to some of the people who lived on Second Street. Learn about their lives while you view their earthly abodes and then join Kathy and Doug the following week at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, August 23rd to view their eternal resting places. For more information about these tours, click here.

Hoarding History closed on July 26th and while I hate to see any of our exhibits end, the staff and I are very excited about our new exhibit…or I should say exhibits. Three new exhibits will open on Monday, September 8th at the 87th Annual Meeting. At the Corner of Second and State: Where Troy’s History Intersects will be on display in the main gallery. It explores four themes (The Grid, Architecture, Cultural History, Social Action) while looking at this well known intersection and surrounding blocks which have witnessed many important events and developments over the year. A companion exhibit focusing on the Troy Savings Bank will be on display in the Robison Meeting Room. It runs from September 8 to November 15th. Finally a small exhibit featuring the artwork of English artist Edgar Holloway, who painted scenes of Troy, Cohoes and other outlying areas in the 1970s, will be on display on the 2nd floor from September 8 through December 20th. I hope you’re as excited to view these exhibits as we are to present them to you!

Summer is in full swing at RCHS and we have quite the fall lineup so be sure to stay connected and informed. Follow us on facebook, twitter @RensCoHistSoc or Instagram RCHistoricalSociety or check in with us on our website. Soak up the summer sun (responsibly!) and enjoy the rest of the season!

Mission: The Rensselaer County Historical Society enriches the present and advocates for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story.

Vision: To become the recognized leader in curating the region’s cultural identities and heritage.

Help keep history alive! Donate today! Your tax-deductible donation makes it possible for RCHS to continue offering its quality programming, events and exhibits to the public. Thank you for your support.

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