We're So Proud of Them!

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Have you heard the news around town, Troy?! RCHS’s very own Kathy Sheehan and Stacy Pomeroy Draper have both won ‘Sammy Spirit Awards’ for 2019, and we are SO proud of them!!

From The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District’s announcement:

Kathy T. Sheehan is the Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator for the Rensselaer County Historical Society and serves as the Rensselear County and Troy City Historian. She has served the community through her infinite research and knowledge, and shares our impressive history with community members and visitors. She invites new generations to experience the stories of the past and engage in the history of those that came before.

Stacy Pomeroy Draper is the curator at the Rensselaer County Historical Society and has worked there since 1978. She curates engaging ways for the community and visitors to learn about our history both inside the historical societies walls, and outside. She is the co-author of The Marble House In Second Street, Biography of a Townhouse and Occupants, 1825 - 2000, and shares her immense knowledge with new generations.

Kathy T. Sheehan

Kathy T. Sheehan

Stacy Pomeroy Draper

Stacy Pomeroy Draper


Please join us in congratulating them both!

Radio Interview - 1st Thursday History Talks!

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Kathy sat down with Hudson Mohawk Magazine producer Melissa Bromley to share what’s new here at RCHS, like our 1st Thursday History Talks, in this interview. You can listen to it by clicking the following link:


For more info on our first: 1st Thursday History Talk, please click here: https://www.rchsonline.org/calendar/1st-thursday-history-talks-time-for-redemption

Bring Back the Pantry! Project Update

Thanks to our many generous donors the Pantry Project has begun!

Contractor Ryan Clements begins removals of infill trim on hall side.


Next, wall board behind beaded board infill is revealed and a small start hole seen in the left hand picture begins the process of removal.

Then, on the Dining Room side – removal of infill chair rail and baseboard moldings begins.  Note small hole in wall made before demolition to determine wall structure in doorway area.  With moldings off, removal of wall board infill begins.

With wall board removed, removal of infill support structure begins.

Removal of final pieces of infill supports reveals original 1830’s door structure.

RCHS Board Member Doug Bucher and Ryan Clements in the reopened Pantry/Dining Room doorway.


Please make sure to check back soon for additional updates on the Pantry Project!

2018 Holiday Greens Show Thanks!

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to the 2018 Holiday Greens Show: Childhood Holiday Memories!

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A big shout-out to the talented Van Rensselaer Garden Club who for 62 years have created and presented the show in our Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum, in partnership with RCHS.

A special big THANK YOU to the dozens of RCHS volunteers who make the Holiday Greens Show possible!

An extra special THANKS to Mary Peper for her incredible Dickens Village display in the Carriage House!

Some comments made on Facebook about this year’s show:

Constance A. said:

“It is a feast for the senses. Must see!”

Barbara A.:

“Wonderful home tour. Always beautiful and different each year. Great job Historical Society.”

Kristin M.:

“Really beautiful so glad we came not to be missed!!”

Karly C.:

“We did the lamplight tour last night! The house smells amazing and the decorations were so beautiful and detailed. We visited the greens show last year during the Stroll and I'm so thankful you offered the lamplight tour this year! I felt like we could take more time to explore all the little details and it felt so much more intimate. Our group really enjoyed learning about the history of the house and the people who lived there! We're excited for your new project and we'll be back in the spring to do an upstairs tour. Thank you for bringing back the lamplight tour!”

A wonderful time was had by all, and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!