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!

#GivingTuesday

We never get to write the last line in history.

This is particularly true when it comes to researching and uncovering the contributions of the Black Community in Rensselaer County in the 19th and 20th centuries.

From the abolitionist movement to securing civil rights, contributions of black Americans who lived and worked in Rensselaer County made an impact both locally and nationally.

Since developing the curriculum packet for students in 2005, Rensselaer County Historical Society was thrilled in 2018 to acquire a rare portrait of Peter Baltimore, a native Trojan who was instrumental in the abolitionist movement and was the father of Garnet Douglass Baltimore, the first black engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

We have also uncovered information about leading black women and their contributions to education and art in the county. Your gift today will support a major overhaul of our key educational programs to reflect the contributions of all to our community's history. Our curriculum needs to reflect these discoveries so students in our county and beyond realize the important contributions made by these citizens.

Your gift to RCHS on this Giving Tuesday WILL impact students who come to RCHS for award winning programs to study and value our urban environment. All youth who participate in RCHS education programs develop a better sense of place and stewardship of their communities. We open their eyes to history, inspiring enthusiasm for their roots.

Please support RCHS now with your gift by clicking HERE, and designate it to Giving Tuesday.

This #GivingTuesday, you can make a difference in the lives of children in Rensselaer County – and beyond!

Thank you!

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Vanderheyden's 185th Anniversary Event & Exhibit Opening

RCHS was very glad to have Vanderheyden here yesterday for their Spectacular 185th Anniversary Event & Exhibit Opening!

To see the rest of the photos from the Times Unions article, please visit: https://www.timesunion.com/seen-events/article/SEEN-Vanderheyden-s-185th-Anniversary-Legacy-13337799.php#photo-16394990

(Please note, the first 6 photos were taken by RCHS, not the TU)

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 GALA SUPPORTERS!

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and all those we serve, Rensselaer County Historical Society thanks the Corporate Sponsors, Honorary Committee supporters, other attendees and donors for joining us in honoring Alane and Paul Hohenberg, the 2018 Hart-Cluett Awardees.

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Over 260 guests gathered at Franklin Plaza on Thursday, September 20 to toast Alane and Paul for their civic and philanthropic commitment to improved quality of life in Troy that has benefited thousands. 

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RCHS is grateful for the support of so many who help us to continue our mission to enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life.

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To view the entire gallery of photos from our Annual Gala honoring Alane and Paul, please visit:

https://www.timesunion.com/seen-events/article/SEEN-Rensselaer-County-Historical-Society-s-13259161.php

Many thanks to TU photographer: Frankie Cavone, for these wonderful images!


Thank You (as well) to our loyal and generous donors to the Silent Auction for helping to make this year’s Gala a success!

Linda & John Seager

LoPorto Ristorante Caffe

Luann Conlon

Marcus Blaque

Market Block Books

McAddy’s Pub

Michael Halloran

Michael F. Lynch

Michael & Susan Moyle Lynch

Michael Nofal

Michele Phillips

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

Nighthawks

Padvaiskas Estate

Pamela Love

Pause Gallery

Peck's Arcade & 22 Second Street Wine Company

Peter Fox & Erica Veil

Peter Lucas & Alan Scott

Peter Tarantelli

Plum Blossom Chinese Restaurant

Plumb Restaurant & Bar

Proctors/Capital Repertory Theatre

Rachel Ryan, Esq.

Romanation Jewelers

Ruth & Robert Pierpont

Segel Violins & Gallery

Slidin' Dirty

Standing Stone Vineyards

Steven Talbot

Susan Grasso

Tara Kitchen Troy

The American Hotel

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

The Broken Mold Studio

The Daily Grind

The Glimmerglass Festival

The Half Moon Button Club (Kirsti & Erika Gariepy)

The Mohawk Valley Button Club (June Hannay Kosier)

The Snowman

Tipperary at Tara Ltd

Topsy Curvy Boutique

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Truly Rhe

William H. Skerritt Estate

Woodland Hill Montessori School

Alane Hohenberg

Albany Distilling Co.

Albany Institute of History & Art

Anonymous

Aurora's Boutique

Bacchus

Becker’s Farm

Bella Napoli Bakery

Brendan Kennedy

Brown’s Brewing Company

Capital Region Living Magazine

Carmen’s Café

Charles & Donna French

Cherie Clark

Christine W. Ward

Christopher Brian Salon

Clement Frame Shop & Art Gallery

Collar City Massage

Corning Museum of Glass – Glass Barge

Culinary Square

Darlene Reischuck 

David Rapp

Deane & Jeff Pfeil

DeFazio's Pizzeria

Douglas G. Bucher

Elaine Grimm

Elizabeth Donahue Doviak

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Esther Krasevac & Friends

Flower City Pasta

Flowers by Pesha

Frederick Downs Cawley

Friends of RCHS

Friends of RCHS Gift Shop

Gardner Farm Inn

Georgiana Panton

Hon. Cynthia Doran

Hudson-Chatham Winery

Jean's Greens Herbal Tea Works & Herbal Essentials

Joanne Skerritt

Joyce & John Chupka

Julia Elbaum

Karin Krasevac-Lenz

Labor Cost Management

Laughing Earth Farm

Lenz Family

2018 RCHS Annual Gala ~ Silent Auction PREVIEW!

Here are just a few items awaiting your bid at the 2018 RCHS Annual Gala Silent Auction!

  Two nights lodging for two people at the    Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa   , (Lake Placid, NY), in a Classic Guest Room with two queen size beds and a partial lake and mountain view, including breakfast!    Conditions/Limitations: The gift certificate is valid for a one-year period from date of event and is non-transferable. The gift certificate may not be used in conjunction with or in replacement of any lodging packages offered by the Inn. The gift certificate is non-transferable. The winner must make reservations through Stephanie Lang, or a Front Desk Supervisor or Manager and must have their gift certificate number available for reference. Reservations may be made based upon our determination of availability during the following dates: October 21st through December 20th, 2018, January 2nd through June 20th, 2019. Not Valid: Holiday Periods or Special Events.

Two nights lodging for two people at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, (Lake Placid, NY), in a Classic Guest Room with two queen size beds and a partial lake and mountain view, including breakfast!

Conditions/Limitations: The gift certificate is valid for a one-year period from date of event and is non-transferable. The gift certificate may not be used in conjunction with or in replacement of any lodging packages offered by the Inn. The gift certificate is non-transferable. The winner must make reservations through Stephanie Lang, or a Front Desk Supervisor or Manager and must have their gift certificate number available for reference. Reservations may be made based upon our determination of availability during the following dates: October 21st through December 20th, 2018, January 2nd through June 20th, 2019. Not Valid: Holiday Periods or Special Events.

  A  Beautiful  20th Century Silver Tea & Coffee Service

A Beautiful 20th Century Silver Tea & Coffee Service

  One Night Stay in the  Jean Harlow Suite  at the Gardner Farm Inn, including breakfast!

One Night Stay in the Jean Harlow Suite at the Gardner Farm Inn, including breakfast!

  One of a kind hand-blown glass pieces from the    Corning Glass Museum's Glass Barge.   (You really have to see these beautiful pieces in person!)

One of a kind hand-blown glass pieces from the Corning Glass Museum's Glass Barge. (You really have to see these beautiful pieces in person!)

We look forward to seeing ticket-holders at our SOLD OUT Gala on Thursday!