RCHS is closed this Saturday, April 19, 2014 for the Easter Holiday.

Welcome from the Director

It’s spring time! After quite the winter, RCHS is happy to welcome sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and of course spring programs and events!

The month of March saw an RCHS Behind-the-Scenes Hidden History, a Troy Night Out – Kids Night Out which included a gallery scavenger hunt for kids of all ages, and a bus trip co-sponsored with Russell Sage College to Hartford, CT to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House and Museum. April programming and events include an Exhibit Gallery Talk on the 5th, a Hart-Cluett House Tour on the 12th, Troy Night Out on the 25th and Hidden History – Footsy Magoos and Knox-Mead Buildings Tour on the 29th. RCHS History Walks begin in May and will be offered on the following Saturdays: May 3rd (Labor Tour), May 10th (Great Fire), May 17th (Amazing Architecture), and May 31st (Decorative Ironwork). Other programming in May also includes a Hidden History tour, a Hart-Cluett House Tour and Exhibit Gallery Talk. Visit our Programs & Events page for dates and times. Be on the look out for more information on our facebook and website about the upcoming musical, “Strike While the Iron is Hot,” a play about labor pioneer and Troy resident, Kate Mullany, being held May 14th and 15th at the Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College.

In addition to programming and events, RCHS is pleased to host the Educators Workshop as part of the 13th Public History Conference on the Underground Railroad Movement on Friday, April 11th. RCHS serves as a co-sponsor of the conference along with Russell Sage College.

The rental calendar for the Robison Family Meeting Space has been very full over the past two months with a steady rental stream of meetings and events. Interested in renting space for you or your organization’s next special event? If so, check out RCHS’ Rent RCHS website menu option for more details and pricing.

So many programs, events, lectures, and tours to choose from! I hope you find something at RCHS to suit you this Spring!

Ilene Frank

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.

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