We did it!!!

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RCHS is thrilled to announce that our fundraising effort to Bring Peter Home! has been successful and in the past day we have actually exceeded our goal of $15,000 thanks to 174 generous donors! We appreciate the generosity of each and every kind donor!

Any additional donated funds will be used for:

  • the long-term preservation of the painting;
  • the creation of high-resolution reproductions for use in educational programs in schools and other off-site locations;
  • and the development of specific educational programming related to the portrait. This will bring Peter's story to a wider public, and meets RCHS’s mission to make connections to our shared history and to “recognize every face and every story.”  

Once Peter is welcomed home, the first thing we will do will be to invite art experts and conservators to examine the watercolor portrait to assess its current condition and any needs for preservation/conservation.  This rare and significant portrait must be preserved for generations to come!

> > Stay tuned for a big celebration May 30th when we bring Peter home for good. < <

Many, many thanks to everyone who has made this possible!

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Make sure to check out this great article on our success in Bringing Peter Home which is in the Times Union today:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Donations-pour-to-purchase-19th-portrait-of-Troy-12825513.php#item-85307-tbla-4

Even Closer Now!

The response from our community in the last 48 hours to the latest article on RCHS "Bringing Peter Home to Troy" has been very heartwarming!

Our total as of 11 am on Friday, April 6th, 2018 is: $13,895.00!!!

Many thanks to Ken Crowe for the article and continued coverage! 

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Rensselaer-County-Historical-Society-needs-12806057.php#photo-15088253

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Final Push! Update on Peter's Progress

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Now is the time to join in and help us reach the goal to “Bring Peter Home”!

The deadline of April 23rd is fast approaching and as we make our final push to bring the rare c. 1849 portrait of Peter F. Baltimore back home to Troy.

Many thanks to the more than 115 donors who have helped us raise just over $13,000 of our $15,000 goal – now we need a few more kind people to get us over the top! Please consider a gift today!

The 1st Baptist Church Plaque is back!

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Another piece of Rensselaer County history is back! This wonderful bronze plaque from the former 1st Baptist Church located on 3rd Street was generously purchased for RCHS by Dennis Marr from Ebay and delivered here to RCHS by Clark W. Nicholls. The plaque lists all of the pastors beginning in 1803 to 1920. Left to right is Dennis's wife Sandy, Dennis and Clark Nicholls! Thank you, Dennis!