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!

RCHS to reopen in February 2019!

RCHS will be closing on Saturday, December 22nd, at 5 pm for winter break and exhibit preparations. Throughout January our staff & volunteers will be at RCHS busy preparing for our reopen to the public in February 2019.

Info on this year’s exhibits, walking tours, events & more coming soon… STAY TUNED!

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!


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!