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Welcome to the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

Please Note:
The museum and research library is closed for the month of January for annual planning.
Staff can still be reached by e-mail or phone. RCHS will re-open to the public Thursday February 5.

NEWS

Exhibit Opening: Prospect of America: Selections of the Edgar Holloway Art Collection Part 2 opens Friday January 30 during Troy Night Out from 5-8pm. More event info here.

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.

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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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