The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life.
We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessible a broad variety of objects and documents, and conduct educational programs to inspire public enthusiasm for the past.
Situated in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses — the historic and architecturally significant Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses exhibits, programs, and a research library.
About Rensselaer County
The rolling hills and quiet river fronts of Rensselaer County are deceptive, masking the evidence of over three hundred years of bustling settlements and booming industries. Located on the eastern banks of the Hudson River just north of New York State’s capital city, Albany, the residents of Rensselaer County had easy access to the large markets of New York and Philadelphia as well as points west. Generations of immigrants have settled in the cities and rural areas of this county to tap the resources of this area and create some of the most renowned industries of 19th century America.
Iron, steel, Arrow shirts and collars, agricultural machinery, gun powder, Prussian blue pigments and Troy-Bilt Rototillers have all been produced in Rensselaer County during the past 175 years. America’s first engineering school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Emma Willard School, one of the nation’s earliest schools for women were founded in Troy in the 19th century, and remain leaders in education today.
2015-2016 Board of Trustees
Phyllis Conroy, President
Brendan Kennedy, Vice President
Steven Talbot, Treasurer
Douglas G. Bucher
Pegeen H. Jensen
Christina S. Kelly
Mary Kate McCarty
Karin Krasevac-Lenz, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Curator (email@example.com)
Kathryn T. Sheehan, Registrar and Rensselaer County & City Historian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nica Horvitz, Administrative Assistant (Admin@rchsonline.org)
Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180