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.
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.
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.
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.
This main gallery exhibit will examine from 100 and 50 years the events, issues and impacts of the Great War and the Vietnam conflict on residents of Troy and Rensselaer County...