The Art of Childhood. Selected Works from the RCHS Portrait Collection
Feb
23
to Aug 25

The Art of Childhood. Selected Works from the RCHS Portrait Collection

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Formal portraits of children have a special place in the lives of the families they belong to and over the years these images become tangible evidence of times gone by.  The RCHS collection has a wonderful variety of images of children from babies and toddlers to teenagers on the edge of adulthood. 

This exhibit brings many of these works out of storage and places them together, many for the first time, allowing the viewer to see both individual faces and the changing face of childhood through time.  This exhibit is a companion to the main gallery exhibit, A Valuable Resource: Growing Up in Rensselaer County.

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Kids! Kids! Kids! Growing Up in Rensselaer County
Mar
30
to Dec 21

Kids! Kids! Kids! Growing Up in Rensselaer County

Rensselaer County’s children have always been seen as “a valuable resource” during the county’s long history.  It is often said that “our children are the future” and this concept has played an important role in the lives of the county’s children as the very idea of childhood has evolved over time to what we know today.

Our new Kids! Kids! Kids! exhibit examines the evolution of the concept of childhood as seen in the objects, images and ephemera that document this important stage of life from infancy to teenage years.  Come see what you recognize from childhoods past.  While you are here we invite you to think about your own childhood, as well as that of your parents and your own children, as you look at the “stuff” of many Rensselaer County childhoods now preserved here at the museum.

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Recording the Interior: Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Douglas G. Bucher
Mar
30
to Aug 25

Recording the Interior: Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Douglas G. Bucher

This new exhibit highlights a selection of thirty-six 19th, 20th and early 21st century interiors collected by architect and historic preservationist Douglas G. Bucher.  Drawn from his larger collection and amassed over more than 40 years of collecting, the images help to document changes in interior space and design over many decades.  Some of the works show full rooms, others just intimate corners.  Many of the views are eclectic and each reflects the particular lives of their owners.  All of them have been chosen to provide the viewer with a new appreciation for the importance of interior spaces.

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Author & baseball historian David Rapp to speak at RCHS on June 29th TNO
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Author & baseball historian David Rapp to speak at RCHS on June 29th TNO

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Research for his book, Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America done at Historical Society.

TROY N.Y., June 8, 2018 - The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) announced today that acclaimed journalist and baseball historian David Rapp, author of Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America, will be giving a talk during the upcoming June Troy Night Out about his new book and the research for it he did at RCHS.

Tinker to Evers to Chance examines the pivotal moment in American sports history when baseball became the game that we know today. Each man in this historic double-play combo came from a different corner of the country, in the late nineteenth century and brought a distinctive local culture with him: Johnny Evers from the Irish-American hothouse of South Troy, New York; Tinker from the urban parklands of Kansas City, Missouri; Chance from the verdant fields of California’s Central Valley. The stories of these early baseball stars shed unexpected light not only on the evolution of baseball and on the enthusiasm of its players and fans all across America, but also on the broader convulsions transforming the U.S. into a confident, new, industrial society.

“We are thrilled to have David Rapp return to RCHS to share his stories of writing this book and using our research library to explore the history of Johnny Evers and the story of Troy in the late 19th century,” said Karin Krasevac-Lenz, Executive Director of RCHS.

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“I'm excited by the prospect of coming back to Troy, where my journey on this project began, and where I encountered such welcoming and helpful people,” Said Rapp.  “I'm very grateful for all the insights and guidance the Historical Society provided.”

David Rapp has been a political journalist and publishing executive in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. He is the former Editors of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call, as well as the author of How The U.S Got into Agriculture – and Why It Can’t Get Out. He got his start covering Indiana High School sports in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana for the Evansville Press, Rapp then attended Vanderbilt University on the Grantland Rice Scholarship for young sportswriters.

The Troy Night Out event will be the regional debut of Rapp’s presentation on this material.

About the Rensselaer County Historical Society

The Rensselaer Historical Society is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. RCHS is a diverse community of people with a common intellectual engagement in the ideals, skills, and artifacts that form the roots of the region. Together, the society creates spaces, hosts evens, and promotes ideas that cultivate a longstanding tradition of shared storytelling in Rensselaer County.

As always, RCHS admission is FREE for TNO!

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Meet the Baltimore Family - Saturday Farmer's Market Walking Tour
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

Meet the Baltimore Family - Saturday Farmer's Market Walking Tour

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In honor of the recent acquisition of the watercolor portrait of Peter Baltimore, join us for a tour highlighting the sites associated with the many contributions made by the Baltimore Family to the City of Troy.  

Peter, his wife Caroline, and his father Samuel were involved in abolitionist, church and other philanthropic causes in Troy.  Peter’s son Garnet Douglas Baltimore, the first black graduate of RPI is responsible for the design of many of the neighborhoods in Troy as well as Prospect Park. 

This is a new tour!

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Abolition & Escape: The Underground Railroad in Troy.
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Abolition & Escape: The Underground Railroad in Troy.

Troy was a hotbed of abolitionist activity in the 19th century. Join us for a walking tour which will highlight the sights associated with African American community in the first half of the 19th century. Featured are sites associated with the Troy Female African Benevolent Society and the rescue of escaped slave Charles Nalle.

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“Welcome Peter Home!” free, community-wide reception - May 30th!
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

“Welcome Peter Home!” free, community-wide reception - May 30th!

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The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is holding a “Welcome Peter Home!” free, community-wide reception on May 30th, to welcome home a rare portrait of one of Troy’s most prominent mid-19th century citizens. The reception is open to the public and will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RCHS, located at 57 Second Street, Troy.

RCHS recently acquired the historic watercolor portrait of Peter F. Baltimore which dates from the 1840s. Baltimore was a prominent member of an important free black family who came to Troy in the late 18th-early 19th century. Baltimore’s family worked as key members of the community, particularly in the area of abolition. Peter himself worked as a barber and his barber shop was a documented part of the local Underground Railroad system.

RCHS raised over $15,000 from the community to purchase the framed watercolor portrait of Peter Baltimore. Over 170 donors participated in this successful effort to “Bring Peter Home!” The original asking price for the piece was $19,500 however the owner agreed to lower the amount as the portrait will be part of a public collection and is a rare and important piece of Troy and Rensselaer County’s History.

Come join us to celebrate Peter’s return to Troy!

Please RSVP to Melissa: melissa@rchsonline.org, or call: 518.272.7232 x 11

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RCHS closed for Memorial Day Weekend
May
26
to May 28

RCHS closed for Memorial Day Weekend

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RCHS will be closed from Saturday, May 26th until Monday, May 28th, so that our staff may be with their family members to honor the Memorial Day Holiday. Please visit us when we re-open for regular business hours on Thursday, May 31st!

Thank you!

~ RCHS Staff

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Where we shopped! Children’s stores in Troy. 
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

Where we shopped! Children’s stores in Troy. 

Join Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian Kathy Sheehan for a walking tour that will highlight the many stores that catered to children, from infancy through their teenage years.

Troy was a dream if you were a kid.  From model paints to school uniforms, all could be found in downtown Troy.  

Adler’s Toy Store, Young Folks Shops, Cooper’s Shoe Store and the Attic Cellar are but a few of the stops on this hour-long tour through the downtown business district.  Bring your stories for this nostalgic tour! 

Walking tours leave from the Troy Farmer’s Market Information booth, which is located in front of the Arts Center ~ 265 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180

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Rising Leaders Concert Series: The Stapletons
Mar
10
6:30 PM18:30

Rising Leaders Concert Series: The Stapletons

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The Stapletons are a blues-driven Celtic Harp and Mexican Guitar duo from Pittsburgh. With ethereal vocals, they tell Civil War era stories and forgotten histories. Their 2017 debut album is “Ballads and Battles”. 

Doors open @ 6.30 pm, show starts @ 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance online, or $20 at the door.

WEB LINKS:

https://www.thestapletonsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/stapletonsmusic/
https://twitter.com/stapletonsmusic
https://www.instagram.com/thestapletonsmusic/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5isQJ7YO4LhC6b1kwC7e9M
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc44LaH543i0EgfhQgrk2jg

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Greens Show - Community Night (Thursday)
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Greens Show - Community Night (Thursday)

Community Night - FREE admission! Every year, The Rensselaer County Historical Society opens its Green Show doors to the community with a free admission night of holiday cheer. Holiday crafts for the kids, story time in the front parlor by the main Christmas tree, plus a visit with Santa!

Sponsored in part thanks to: Stewart's Shops & Duncan and Cahill, Inc.

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Troy Night Out - August 2017
Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

Troy Night Out - August 2017

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John Kelly, a retired US Army officer, dressed in full WW I soldier's uniform, will have on display all the necessary equipment a WW I soldier needed, including mess kit, guns etc.

At both 6 & & 7 p.m. John will also speak about the conditions soldiers encountered living in the trenches or operating reconnaissance balloons during the Great War.

This program is on conjunction with the exhibition From Doughboys to Dylan: Changing Times on the Rensselaer County Homefront.

RCHS is located at 57 Second Street, Troy, and is open 5 - 8 p.m. for TNO!

Please click HERE to see this event on Facebook!

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