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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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NEW Exhibit for 2019 - Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson
Feb
22
to Jul 27

NEW Exhibit for 2019 - Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson

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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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NEW Exhibit for 2019 - From Country Drives to The Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County
Mar
29
to Dec 21

NEW Exhibit for 2019 - From Country Drives to The Grand Tour: Travels To and From Rensselaer County

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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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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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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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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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Kids! Kids! Kids! Growing Up in Rensselaer County
Mar
30
to Dec 22

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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The Art of Childhood. Selected Works from the RCHS Portrait Collection
Feb
23
to Aug 21

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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