From Country Drives to The Grand Tour
Mar
29
to Dec 21

From Country Drives to The Grand Tour

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In the Grimm Gallery:

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What was behind all the traveling that took place before the age of the airplane? How does the experience of travel change people and their world view both then and now? This exhibit will examine the impact of travel for business, pleasure or necessity on Rensselaer County residents over two centuries along with a look at the “business” of travel and some amazing travel stories. Using RCHS’s varied museum and archival collections, the exhibit will take the viewer both around the world and just as far as up the hill and back again.

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2019 Annual Members Meeting & Exhibit Opening
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

2019 Annual Members Meeting & Exhibit Opening

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DATE: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

In accordance with RCHS Bylaws, current members in good standing are invited to our 92nd Annual Meeting. If your membership is not current and/or you wish to become a new member, please know that we invite you to join RCHS by clicking here:

BECOME A MEMBER!

Or, you may join RCHS that Tuesday evening at the check-in table.

We will recap the past year, honor retiring board members & elect new board members. We will also share a special announcement!

Following a brief meeting, we will open our new exhibit,

Bringing Vacation Home: Our Community On Vacation

Light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP's encouraged by calling (518) 272-7232 x 11, or via email: melissa@rchsonline.org

Thank you!

Please Note: Invitations to current RCHS members who do not have email addresses will be mailed via USPS in August.

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RCHS Gala 2019
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

RCHS Gala 2019

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The Hart-Cluett Award

Each year the RCHS Gala honors an individual or a group with the Hart-Cluett Award. In 2019, the honor goes to Michael Nofal.

 
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Michael Nofal is a community leader in Rensselaer County and the greater Capital Region. His timeless efforts on behalf of cultural and community organizations has benefited thousands. For these reasons and more, Michael is this year’s recipient of the Hart-Cluett Award.


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As we are close to being sold out for this event, please contact Melissa via email: melissa@rchsonline.org, or call 518-272-7232 x 11 to inquire about tickets.


Many thanks to this year’s Gala Sponsors:

Archivist Level:

Prestige Services

Historian Level:

Bouchey Financial Group, Ltd.

Capital Region Living Magazine

Fearless Studios

Massry Charitable Foundation

Rensselaer County IDA

Curator Level:

Judge Development Corp.

Researcher Level:

Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP

F. Downs Cawley

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP

Lori Schindler Real Estate Team At Howard Hanna

Pioneer Bank

Vicina – Modern Urban Flats

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School Days in Troy!
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

School Days in Troy!

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Education has played a significant role in the growth of the City of Troy since the late 18th century. This tour will explore the many types of schools that have called Troy home, including the Troy Female Seminary, the William Rich School and the Troy Academy. We will discuss Emma Willard, Amos Eaton, William Rich and others who are still nationally recognized for their forward thinking views on education.

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Bringing Vacation Home: Our Community On Vacation
Sep
27
to Dec 21

Bringing Vacation Home: Our Community On Vacation

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Whether you travel far afield or enjoy a “staycation,” what are the ways you hold on to memories of those special times away from the workaday world? Members of our community have lent objects, each one reflecting some aspect of their travels or the travels of other family members.

 
Three of the many objects brought home from vacation on view in the current exhibit until December 2019.

Three of the many objects brought home from vacation on view in the current exhibit until December 2019.

 

Mementos of day trips to historic sites, summer picnics, a trip to the Great Escape or other amusements, something carefully brought home from travels farther afield within the US or from our travels abroad, perhaps for a purpose like education, for a social cause or service - even a rock or piece of driftwood found while getting out into the “wild” by hiking, camping, or boating - each of these objects represents our personal perspective on our time away, often life-altering experiences, and our attempt to capture the impact of that travel as we return home.

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The Architecture of Travel.
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Architecture of Travel.

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This tour will focus on the business of travel. See the sites associated with boat, rail and auto travel, as well as other associated businesses that kept Troy a major transportation hub from the 19th century through the mid 20th century.

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Death & dying
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Death & dying

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Death & dying in the Hart Cluett House

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Despite the many economic advantages the Hart and Cluett families had, they could not escape illness and death. This tour will explore the ways the three families dealt with illness and death in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Fireplaces to cook-stoves
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

Fireplaces to cook-stoves

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19th century technology in Hart Cluett House

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Technology is evident throughout the Hart Cluett House. This tour will look at the systems that heated the house, the the stoves that cooked their food and the array of lighting fixtures that illuminated this 1827 house.

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Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

Back to school

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Educating the Hart and Cluett Families

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From the Troy Female Seminary to Mrs. O’Kill’s boarding school in New York City, education has played an important role in the development of the 22 children that lived in the house. Drawing on the Hart Papers and Amanda Cluett’s diary we will look at education in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!
Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!

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Samuel Wilson, aka Uncle Sam is seen all over Troy, from the statue in Riverfront Park to the Health Food store on 4th Street. But who is Uncle Sam? This tour will look at sites associated with the man, Samuel Wilson and the legend, Uncle Sam.

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The Architecture of Downtown Troy.
Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Architecture of Downtown Troy.

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In honor of the newly published book by author Diana Waite, we will explore the historic district concentrating on select buildings that are featured in the book. New discoveries about these buildings designed by nationally acclaimed architects will be a highlight of this tour!

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'Woodstock Remembered' Deck Party + Back to School - supplies drive for Unity House!
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

'Woodstock Remembered' Deck Party + Back to School - supplies drive for Unity House!

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ALL are invited to our ‘Woodstock Remembered’ Deck Party on Tuesday, August 13th!

 
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Love beads NOT required, but if you’re feeling so inclined, come wearing them, bell-bottoms, or whatever 60’s garb you’ve got…

Food, drinks & access to all of our galleries are included in the ticket price.

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Since it is almost time for the children of Rensselaer County to go back to school, we are partnering with Unity House of Troy, NY for this deck party and are asking attendees to please bring a new school supply item such as: backpacks, pens & pencils, markers, crayons, composition notebooks, etc., if you are able to!

Thank you!

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Decorating the Walls
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Decorating the Walls

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Artwork and other decorative treatments in the Hart-Cluett House 

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This tour will highlight the paintings and sculpture currently on view and look at how the families used artwork, wall papers and other decorative techniques to make a statement or celebrate special events.  William Richardson Tyler, C.G. Beauregard, Erastus Dow Palmer and Samantha Huntley will be among the artists whose work is featured on the tour.

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First Thursday History Talks - August 2019
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

First Thursday History Talks - August 2019

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Dr. Jennifer J. Thompson Burns will present her lecture:  “Black Trojans: The Abolition Campaign of the Free Black Community in Troy, New York before 1861.

Dr. Burns is a Professor at SUNY Albany and is the University at Albany’s 2018-2019 recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. An award given to the best dissertation in any field in the College.

We are pleased to host this lecture that Jennifer will present about her dissertation.  She did a great deal of research using the RCHS archives.  This lecture is a prequel  to our exhibit on New Discoveries on Researching the Black Communities in Troy and Rensselaer County that will open for October Troy Night Out. 

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The families of 59 2nd Street
Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

The families of 59 2nd Street

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Who lived in the Marble House?

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Meet the three families that called 59 2nd Street home, while touring the three floors of this 1827 Federal Style house.

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Family Scavenger Hunt!
Jun
29
10:30 AM10:30

Family Scavenger Hunt!

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We walk up and down the streets of the historic district, but how often do we really stop to look at the details on buildings and things hidden in the streetscape? We will have clues to pass out and puzzles to answer! Even the youngest of children will be able to participate in this hunt!

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200 Years of River Street
Jun
22
10:30 AM10:30

200 Years of River Street

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River Street has seen some of the most drastic changes since 1789 due to development, fires and urban renewal to Troy’s current Renaissance.   RCHS is fortunate to have many photos of River Street that document these changes through the years. Architecture dating from the early 19th century to the 20th century fill the landscape of our main thoroughfare  through Troy.  We will explore River Street from just south of the Hedley building to the Corner of River and Congress Street.

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The Architecture of Travel
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

The Architecture of Travel

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This tour will focus on the business of travel.  See the sites associated with boat, rail and auto travel, as well as other associated businesses that kept Troy a major transportation hub from the 19th century through the mid-20th century.

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Heading to the beach
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Heading to the beach

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How the Hart & Cluett families spent their summers! 

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Second Saturday Hart-Cluett House Tour

Like most prominent people in the 19th century, the Hart and Cluett families escaped the heat of the summer. This tour will discuss how the house was “dressed” for the summer and where the three families went to beat the heat!

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Washington Park
Jun
8
10:30 AM10:30

Washington Park

This tour only! Meet at the corner of 2nd & Washington Street.

One of only two private ornamental parks in New York State, (Gramercy in NYC is the other one) Washington Park is graced with some of the most beautiful residences in the historic district. As we walk around the park we will discuss the park’s origins, architecture and the stories of some of the famous residents that called Washington Park home.

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First Thursday History Talks - June
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

First Thursday History Talks - June

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Join Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan, for a brief talk on recent research on African Americans in Rensselaer County.

After the talk, Kathy will lead a walking tour through the historic district highlighting key locations that were integral to the Underground Railroad Movement.

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Drinking History: Blood, Sweat and Irons
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Drinking History: Blood, Sweat and Irons

Blood, Sweat and Irons: Becoming the “Collar City”

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Listen, Drink and Convert T-Shirts into bags!

Speakers: Tom Nardacci & Kathy Sheehan.

Kathy will speak on Troy's garment industry history, labor leader Kate Mullany, plus the dangers, culture and impact of becoming the "Collar City". Tom will regale us with the story of how Kate Mullany’s Troy house became a National Historic Site.

"Making History" Activity: Attendees will use a production line to convert t-shirts into reusable bags in anticipation of 2020's plastic bag ban. RCHS Rising Leaders will teach the technique and provide t-shirts as needed or participants can bring their own t-shirts. It's great re-use for t-shirts that you don't wear but have kept around.

$25 pp - includes one free drink, history talk & t-shirt bag!

 
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What's New in The Pantry!
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

What's New in The Pantry!

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Second Saturday Hart-Cluett House Tour

This tour will focus behind the scenes on the kitchen and dish pantries of the Hart-Cluett House – see RCHS’s local stoneware collection “hiding in plain sight” in the 1827 Hart Kitchen Pantry – what was stored there when the Hart Family was in residence in the 19th century.  Visitors will also see the “new” Cluett Dish Pantry, just installed thanks to the generosity of many 2018 Gala Hands Up! donors, with glass and ceramics collections now on view in restored original cabinetry. Find out how these important and often overlooked household spaces functioned and who used them on this new house tour. 

Please join us at 2 pm!

Members: $10.00 | Not-Yet-Members: $15.00

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Walking Tour: The Hudson Between the Bridges
May
4
10:30 AM10:30

Walking Tour: The Hudson Between the Bridges

In Honor of our current exhibition, ‘Crossing the Hudson,’ we will explore the Hudson River between the Green Island Bridge and the Congress Street Bridge.  We will discuss the first railroad bridge to cross the Hudson, the impact of the Erie Canal, The  Atlantic Deep Waterways Commission, the breaking of the tolls on the Congress Street Bridge and other interesting stories about the Hudson River and Troy.

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First Thursday History Talks - May 2019
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

First Thursday History Talks - May 2019

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Filling in your family tree: Genealogy Resources at RCHS

Kathy Sheehan, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian will present a lecture on the genealogy resources available at the historical society. Highlights will include the Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Records, the Matera Midwife records, poorhouse records, plus other hidden gems that are part of the collection at RCHS.  A brief tour of the research library will follow.

FREE for RCHS Members | $10.00 for Not-Yet-RCHS-Members

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First Thursday History Talks - April 2019
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

First Thursday History Talks - April 2019

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Our guest speakers for Thursday, April 4th are Gary Nelson and Joe Fama.

Gary is an RPI graduate (1970) and now retired from a forty year career in transportation systems engineering. In the 1970’s he was active in battling highway projects in the Troy area and then became involved in national highway battles.

Joe is the author of The Hoosick Street Bridge & The North-South Arterial, Twenty Six Years of Street Fighting in Troy, New York. As former director of the Troy Architectural Program, (TAP) for forty years, Joe was at the forefront of working with the people who lived in the neighborhoods that were impacted by the building of the bridge.

They will discuss the project, the misconceptions relating to the North-South Arterial, and  how this massive urban renewal endeavor continues to affect the residents of the City of Troy and Rensselaer County.

This event is FREE for RCHS members, and $10.00 for ‘Not-Yet-Members!’

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Drinking History at The Ale House: Immigrant Stories
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Drinking History at The Ale House: Immigrant Stories

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Please join us for an evening of Drinking History at The Ale House!

Enjoy RCHS’s Kathy Sheehan discussing:

‘Immigrant Stories: From the Irish to the Armenians.’

$25 pp - 1 Special Select Beverage Included!

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Members Only - New Exhibit Preview!
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Members Only - New Exhibit Preview!

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All current 2019 RCHS Members are invited to our New Exhibit Preview of:

From Country Drives to The Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County

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What was behind all the traveling that took place before the age of the airplane? How does the experience of travel change people and their world view both then and now? This exhibit will examine the impact of travel for business, pleasure or necessity on Rensselaer County residents over two centuries along with a look at the “business” of travel and some amazing travel stories. Using RCHS’s varied museum and archival collections, the exhibit will take the viewer both around the world and just as far as up the hill and back again.

Refreshments will be available.

This exhibit then opens to the public on the following day, Friday, March 29, during Troy Night Out, and runs through the end of December 2019.

Not a member yet, but want to come to this Members Only Event? It's not too late to join/renew your membership with RCHS, today at:

https://www.rchsonline.org/membership

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1st Thursday History Talk - Bridging the Hudson
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

1st Thursday History Talk - Bridging the Hudson

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In the Robison Family Meeting Room:

Join RCHS curator Stacy Pomeroy Draper for this gallery talk/lecture focused on the new exhibit Bridging the Hudson. Learn about new research being done, see additional images of the many bridges that cross the Hudson at the western border of Rensselaer County and hear how fire, flood and changing technology impacted these critical (but often overlooked) connecting links to the wider world. 

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Bridging Rensselaer County
Feb
22
to Aug 27

Bridging Rensselaer County

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In the Robison Family Meeting Room:

We cross them almost every day, sometimes more than once, but do we know the impact that bridging the Hudson had on Troy and Rensselaer County?  This exhibit examines the many bridges that cross the Hudson River within the borders of Rensselaer County – from the very first bridge over the Hudson at Lansingburgh and Waterford (1804) to some of the newest bridges over this historic river.

This aerial view of the Hudson Valley looking north dates from about 1930 and shows four of the bridges that cross the river within Troy’s city limits. Do you know which ones are not there yet? Top to bottom – Waterford/Troy (Lansingburgh; 112th Street (Troy/Cohoes); Green Island/Troy; and Congress Street bridge. All of the bridges shown have either been replaced with newer bridges or had a lot of work done on them in recent years.

This aerial view of the Hudson Valley looking north dates from about 1930 and shows four of the bridges that cross the river within Troy’s city limits. Do you know which ones are not there yet? Top to bottom – Waterford/Troy (Lansingburgh; 112th Street (Troy/Cohoes); Green Island/Troy; and Congress Street bridge. All of the bridges shown have either been replaced with newer bridges or had a lot of work done on them in recent years.

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Members Only - New Exhibit Preview
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Members Only - New Exhibit Preview

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All current RCHS Members, please join us on Thursday, February 21st, from 5:30 pm - 7 pm for a Members Only - New Exhibit Preview of our newest exhibit for 2019:

Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson.

This exhibit will then open to the public on the following day, (Friday, 2/22), for Troy Night Out!

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NEW for 2019 - 1st Thursday History Talks
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

NEW for 2019 - 1st Thursday History Talks

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Author and RCHS library volunteer Jill Witbeck Knapp will present a lecture about the 1869 murder of Sheriff Griggs that took place during the Anti Rent Wars. Jill has a personal interest in this historical event as her great, great, grandfather William Witbeck was the person accused of murdering the Sheriff. Jill spent many years researching records here at RCHS as well as other repositories throughout the Capital Region to write this story. It was one of the most tumultuous times in Rensselaer County’s history.

Don't miss this fascinating evening! 

FREE for RCHS members, $10 for not-yet-members.

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The 62nd Annual Holiday Greens Show
Nov
29
to Dec 2

The 62nd Annual Holiday Greens Show

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Childhood Holiday Memories

Every year, The Rensselaer County Historical Society with the expert inspiration and decoration talents of The Van Rensselaer Garden Club together present the Annual Holiday Greens Show in the Hart-Cluett House. The lavish show is a Troy holiday tradition that transforms 12 rooms of the 1827 Federal-style Hart-Cluett House into a green winter wonderland. The Holiday Greens Show has been the community’s signature holiday event since 1956 and inspired Troy’s celebrated Victorian Stroll.

In the tradition of historic holiday celebration, members of the Van Rensselaer Garden Club incorporate fresh evergreen trees, greens and flowers to create an interactive experience that warms hearts, brightens eyes and fills the air with the fresh aromas of winter woods. As you wander through the house, you can sense the grandeur and elegance Troy held as one of America’s most prosperous cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Holiday Greens Show offers an enchanting historic atmosphere in which communities and families come together in the traditions of holiday joy and cheer.

The 2018 Greens Show runs from Thursday, November 29th through Sunday, December 2nd.

Open daily from noon - 5 pm.

In addition, Thursday night is a Free Community Night, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Enjoy crafts for Kids, a visit from Santa and much more!

New this year: Lamp Light Tours - Friday, November 30th, for Troy Night Out! Tours at 6 pm & 7 pm, by reservation only.

ALSO New this year: The 1827 Carriage House will be open with a special display of a Dickens Christmas Village that includes over 150 buildings, a train, hundreds of characters, trees and even Santa!


Free Community Night is Sponsored by:

 
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