Welcome from the Director
Join us as the Van Rensselaer Garden Club presents the 57th Annual Holiday Greens Show on December 5th – 8th, 2013. This year’s theme is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, in honor of the 190th anniversary of the first publication of the poem in the Troy Sentinel. Visit our programs page for more information.
We are excited about our new fall exhibit, For the Public Good: Health & Medicine in Rensselaer County, 1860-1960. In Rensselaer County, booming industry and a burgeoning transportation network dramatically increased the population, which contributed to overcrowded housing, poor sanitation and an already overtaxed fresh water supply. Outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, diphtheria, flu and tuberculosis followed; attacking the working poor, who were often new immigrants, the hardest. The exhibit focuses on the partnerships that developed between the medical profession, emerging social service agencies and city and county government to eliminate these scourges and promote a healthier, vibrant community. Catch the exhibit which is on view through December 21, 2013
I hope to see you at the museum and library soon.
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.