Bridging Rensselaer County
Feb
22
to Jul 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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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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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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* PLEASE NOTE * This walking tour meets at Washington Park, in Troy NY! (At the corner of 2nd Street & Washington).

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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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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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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!

* PLEASE NOTE * This walking tour meets at the Farmer’s Market Information Booth, located at: 265 River Street, Troy, NY.

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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

In the Grimm Gallery:

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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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.

RSVP here: melissa@rchsonline.org or purchase your tickets below!

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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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Second Saturday Hart Cluett House Tour
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Second Saturday Hart Cluett House Tour

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The Children of the Hart Cluett House 

26 children were born to the Hart and the two branches of the Cluett families. 22 of the children lived in the house. This tour will focus on growing up in the house, including the children’s education and their role in the community as they reached adulthood. Using information gleaned from oral histories, diaries and bills, we will regal you with stories about two parties that took place in the house, one in 1855 and the other in 1904. This tour will explore all three floors of the house.

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Toy Symposium
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Toy Symposium

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Join us to hear two expert speakers and enjoy two gallery talks focused on the lives of children in Rensselaer County.

  • Margaret J. Story will speak on the history of Little Golden Books, still favorites after more than 75 years

  • Anne Vadney will speak on the history of Ginny Dolls

Gallery talks of our current exhibits after the presentations:

  • Kids! Kids! Kids! Growing Up in Rensselaer County

  • When I was a child: The Community Remembers Childhood

You are invited to bring your favorite Little Golden Book or Ginny Doll for “Show and Tell.”

For more information please call: 518-272-7232 x 14.

Registration suggested and begins at 9.30 am, walk-ins welcome.

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Upstate Girls: Book Signing & 1-Day Exhibit w/ Brenda Kenneally - RESCHEDULED
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Upstate Girls: Book Signing & 1-Day Exhibit w/ Brenda Kenneally - RESCHEDULED

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Join us for a book signing and special one-day exhibit based on the new book, 'Upstate Girls, Unraveling Collar City' by documentarian Brenda Kenneally. Ms. Kenneally worked with RCHS staff as part of this project looking for a connection to past lives as she examined and revealed present day lives in a part of Troy that often is overlooked. Her amazing photographs, careful research and caring, non-judgmental approach to lives not often documented provide the reader/viewer with an important glimpse into a little known part of Troy and its community. As noted in the recent review by Amy Biancolli in the Times Union, (https://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Book-Upstate-Girls-portray-lives-of-challenge-13228754.php#photo-16166025) the book “tells a story of plain and complicated humanity, offering a frank lens on the lived reality of people barely making a go of it in a gritty urban patch of upstate…the book offers a window into the everyday battles of work, love and life where money is scarce and hardship is everywhere.”

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**UPDATE** To the FREE Rising Leaders Event: Prospect Park Trail Stroll & Drinks
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

**UPDATE** To the FREE Rising Leaders Event: Prospect Park Trail Stroll & Drinks

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**UPDATE** Due to the weather today, please meet at The Hill at Muza at 2 p.m. instead of the trail for this Rising Leaders Event. Share a beer, some info and have a chance to chat w Steven Strichman, City of Troy rep., about the D. G. Baltimore Prospect Park Trail & possibly Troy’s Waterfront as well.

Come join us (The Rising Leaders) for a nice autumn stroll on the Baltimore Trail hike on Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. We'll begin at the Lower Park entrance at 112th Hill Street between Adams and Jefferson and then will end at a local bar for some drinks. (Meet at the LOWER Park entrance at 112 Hill Street between Adams and Jefferson, North East of the Gas Holder building. Please note it is not the Congress Street/Route 2 Entrance)

The Hike Leader is Steven Strichman, City of Troy Commissioner of Planning.

The Hike will end at The Hill at Muza (www.thehillatmuza.com), 379 Congress Street at corner of 15th Street.

For more info, please visit:

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Where we shopped! Children’s stores in Troy - Walking Tour
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Where we shopped! Children’s stores in Troy - Walking Tour

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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! 

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Saturday HCH Tour - Illness & Death in the Hart-Cluett House
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday HCH Tour - Illness & Death in the Hart-Cluett House

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Illness and Death in the Hart-Cluett House

Using information gleaned from the Hart Papers and the Amanda Cluett diary we will tour the Hart-Cluett House from the perspective of 19th century medicine and burial practices that were used by the Harts and Cluetts.  Discussion will include such topics as toxemia in childbirth, typhoid and yellow fever, quarantines, and burial practices.  This is a tour that will cover all three floors of the house, the basement and first floor are handicapped accessible, the 2nd floor is not handicapped accessible.

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100 + Years of Women Helping Women - Walking Tour
Oct
13
10:30 AM10:30

100 + Years of Women Helping Women - Walking Tour

The women of Troy were on the forefront of social change in the 19th 20th and the 21st century.  From the earliest day homes to the YWCA this tour through the historic district will highlight the challenges and accomplishments these amazing women made throughout our history and the legacy that still loves on today.

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People, Places and Progress - Walking Tour
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

People, Places and Progress - Walking Tour

This introduction to Troy history and architecture looks at how the city evolved from its initial founding in 1789 as a village to its 19th century heyday, decline in the 20th century and its re-birth in the 21st century. We will discuss the sites of many important events along with some of the people who made the name Troy famous around the world.

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The Amazing Miniature World of Buttons: The Ruth E. Howe Button Collection at RCHS
Oct
5
to Apr 27

The Amazing Miniature World of Buttons: The Ruth E. Howe Button Collection at RCHS

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Over the past several years, members of the Half Moon Button Club and the Mohawk Button Club have spent several years researching, assessing and replacing acidic display boards and potentially damaging pipe cleaners holding this amazing collection of buttons in place. Thanks to this volunteer effort, RCHS is pleased to present the fall 2018 exhibit of a selection of Miss Ruth E. Howe’s collection. Miss Howe (1902-1982) became interested in collecting buttons after her retirement from nursing in the 1940's and she eventually amassed a collection of over 8,000 buttons, each of them a miniature work of art and history. She bequeathed her collection to RCHS along with the many button reference books she used as part of her collecting.

The button collection is rarely on display because of preservation issues, but will be available by appointment with the Curator for researchers and button enthusiasts after the exhibit is closed in December.

This exhibit is currently on display and may be viewed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon - 5 pm.

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'They clapped with their feet!' - Walking Tour
Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

'They clapped with their feet!' - Walking Tour

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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.

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2018 RCHS Annual Gala
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

2018 RCHS Annual Gala

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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 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.

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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.

*Gala Tickets Update*

As of 8/31/18, we are SOLD OUT for this year's Gala! Thank you, everyone!! We will see you on the 20th!


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20th Century Architecture - Walking Tour
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

20th Century Architecture - Walking Tour

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20th Century Architecture in Troy's Historic District

This tour will focus on the many wonderful 20th century structures including Frears Dept. Store, the Caldwell Apartment building and the Hendrick Hudson Hotel, and Proctor's Theater.

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2018 RCHS Annual Meeting & Exhibit Opening
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

2018 RCHS Annual Meeting & Exhibit Opening

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In accordance with RCHS Bylaws, current members in good standing are invited to our 91st 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:

Or, you may join RCHS Monday evening at the check-in table!

We will vote on a Resolution for four By-Law updates, recap the past year, honor retiring board members & elect new board members.

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

When I Was A Child: The Community Remembers Childhood

Light refreshments will be served.

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

**Please note** If you are a current (2018) member and are on our e-newsletter mailing list, you should have received this invitation via Constant Contact already. If you have not received your invite, we may not have your current email address. We have 'snail-mailed' hard copies to our members who do not have email addresses. If you wish to receive this notice in the future via snail-mail, please provide us with your current, correct mailing address!

Thank you!!

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When I was a Child: The Community Remembers Childhood
Sep
10
to Dec 22

When I was a Child: The Community Remembers Childhood

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What are your favorite childhood memories?  What have you saved that tells the story of your own unique childhood in some way? What childhood memento has been saved and passed on to other generations of your family and what is it about that object that says “childhood” to you today?  Our new exhibit, When I was a Child – The Community Remembers Childhood, is now open through the end of the year.  Enjoy the many items loaned for the show that will probably strike a chord of recognition and let us know what you have saved and what says “childhood” to you.

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Hudson River Valley Ramble - Uncle Sam: The Man & The Legend! - Walking Tour
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Hudson River Valley Ramble - Uncle Sam: The Man & The Legend! - Walking Tour

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Explore the sites associated with Samuel Wilson, aka Uncle Sam. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy declared that Troy was the official home of Uncle Sam, and that Samuel Wilson was the progenitor of our nation's symbol. As we explore the historic district we will explore this fascinating story of the man and the legend. Sites include Samuel Wilson's home and site of the meat packing plant that made him famous during the War of 1812, as well as the Uncle Sam statue and related sites associated with Uncle Sam!


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