The 2017 RCHS Gala Invitations have arrived!

...and they are headed to your mailbox shortly!

Thank you Bates Miyamoto Design, Pigott Studio and The Prouts Printers, Inc., they look wonderful!

Gala Thursday September 14th, rsvp by August 31st

We don't want to miss anybody. If you would like to make sure you are on our hard copy list, please contact:, 518-272-7232 x 11

July TNO with The Sanctuary for Independent Media!

Thank you Michele Phillips, for getting this picture of RCHS last Friday on Troy Night Out!

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Special thanks to The Sanctuary for Independent Media for the decorations, and for their awesome in-progress showcase of "Echoes from Lock One," an interdisciplinary media project highlighting the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal.  Created by Youth Media Sanctuary producers in The Sanctuary for Independent Media's "Uptown Summer 2017" program , stories intertwine art and science to connect history and heritage with contemporary life. In collaboration with RCHS"Echoes from Lock One" transforms negative stereotypes of our economically disadvantaged and environmentally devastated neighborhood of North Troy into compelling messages of hope and transformation. 


Stories and images about life during World War I (1917-1919) and the Vietnam Era (1964-1975) and honoring those who participated in these conflicts are being solicited from the public to become part of an exhibition, Wartime Stories: The World War I and Vietnam Experience at RCHS from from September 11 to December 16, 2017. If you have a story to share please fill out the following form and follow instructions for submission by July 15th, 2017. We look forward to hearing your stories!

"What is Your Vietnam Story?"

Friday, May 26th, Troy Night Out

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

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Join us for an evening of story-telling with WMHT - share your Vietnam stories as Part One of a two-part program documenting this national story with your photos and memories.  Record your story and be part of a permanent archive connected to the new Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War, which will be premiered locally on September 17 here at RCHS as Part Two of this program. 

The evening is also the kick-off for Wartime Stories: The World War I and Vietnam Experience, a new exhibit opening at RCHS on September 11, 2017 honoring those who served abroad and at home.  The public is invited to share their stories and images of people involved in these conflicts as part of the museum's year-long look back 100 and 50 years ago to document the war and the home front experience of Rensselaer County residents.  

The biographical panels which will be produced for this exhibit and the information gathered from the public about those who served will become part of the permanent collections here, available for research. Sign up Friday for this community project!

World War I era soldiers marching on Broadway, Troy, 1917.

World War I era soldiers marching on Broadway, Troy, 1917.

RCHS Volunteer John Kelly, Vietnam, 1969.

RCHS Volunteer John Kelly, Vietnam, 1969.

RCHS Honored by Rensselaer County Legislature

We are proud to announce that Rensselaer County Legislature has honored Kathryn Sheehan for her outstanding work as the official County Historian and RCHS for their combined efforts to help celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the County last year. With Stacy Draper, Curator, Karin Krasevac-Lenz, Executive Director, Phyllis Conroy, Board President, Steven Talbot, Treasurer, Brendan Kennedy, Vice President and Christine W. Ward, Secretary.