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.
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.
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.
Celebrate the Track's Dark Tuesday at RCHS!
If you feel inspired, wear your Track Hat to the Party on Tuesday! Need a Track Hat? Visit Truly Rhe's, and mention our Deck Party to get 10% off of a fascinator hat! Truly Rhe's is located at One Broadway, Monument Square, Troy, NY.
Hats NOT required, and ALL are welcome to join us for our August Deck Party on Tuesday, August 21st, from 5 pm - 7.30 pm.
Good food, libations + friends = good times!!!
P.S. Did somebody say RAFFLE PRIZES?!
Being that 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. Anyone who brings new school supplies for the children of The Unity House, will receive a FREE Raffle Ticket at this Deck Party!
The Hart-Cluett Award
Each year the RCHS Gala honors an individual or a group with the Hart-Cluett Award. In 2018, the honor goes to...
Alane & Paul Hohenberg
Alane and Paul Hohenberg are a well of generosity to the community of Rensselaer County and beyond. Their civic commitment to improved quality of life in Troy has benefited thousands.
With over 40 years of fundraising and communications experience in the arts and historic preservation, Alane has served as Director of Development at RCHS, founded and headed the Board of Directors of the Troy Community Food Cooperative, run her own catering business and energetically served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations in Albany and Troy.
Professor Emeritus in Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Paul authored many books and remains highly regarded in his field. In addition, he has served for many years on boards such as The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, the Troy Public Library Foundation and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Alane and Paul are recognized for their generous support of many Capital Region civic and cultural organizations.
In 2003, with a keen interest in the well-being of downtown Troy, Alane and Paul purchased a significant 1825 brick townhouse, built as a modest example of a merchant’s house, on Second Street across from the Hart-Cluett House. Reaffirming their commitment to Troy they did extensive period research and restored this fine home. Alane and Paul are good neighbors and proud active residents of downtown Troy.
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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 Douglass 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!
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.
“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.
David will give a brief talk during TNO (on June 29th) here at RCHS about his research from 6 pm - 6.30 pm & again from 7 pm - 7.30 pm.
As always, RCHS admission is FREE for TNO!
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.
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.
From Boot Scrapes to Cast Iron Store Fronts: Troy’s Ornamental Ironwork.
You pass it all the time, now take a closer look at the beautiful wrought and cast iron railings, facades and decorative elements that grace the townhouses and commercial buildings in the historic district!
Bring your popcorn and candy for this fun tour of theaters in downtown Troy!
Sites include: Proctor's Theater, The Troy Theater, Kennedy Hall and The Troy Music Hall.
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: email@example.com, or call: 518.272.7232 x 11
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!
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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
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.
All are welcome to visit the Holiday Greens Show on Friday for a more relaxed self-guided tour through the fabulous decorations.
Also - Sage Colleges Day! Sage students, faculty, & staff receive free admission with a current valid Sage College ID!
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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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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!