*New* Walking Tour Announcement - Inside Troy!

On Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am - 1 pm we will be holding a brand new tour!

This tour is an all-new, exclusive tour of eight private residences in historic downtown Troy.

Many of these residences never before open to the public!

For more information on this brand new tour or to purchase tickets, (and we strongly suggest you purchase tickets prior to the event), please head over to our calendar:

https://www.rchsonline.org/calendar/2019/5/18/inside-troy-tour

'History tucked away in vintage T-shirts' - Article in the TU

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‘Rensselaer County Historical Society exhibition spotlights shirts with stories’

Many thanks to Kenneth C. Crowe II, for writing up this fun article featuring RCHS’s very own Curatorial Assistant, Samantha Mahoski, about one of our newest exhibits!

To read the article, please click the following link:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/History-tucked-away-in-vintage-T-shirts-13691263.php

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Where were you when the Green Island Bridge collapsed?

March 15, 1977

Where were you when the Green Island Bridge collapsed?

Three views of the hours after the bridge began to collapse. The lift tower fell in the evening. The current bridge was opened in 1981. Gene Baxter photos, RCHS Collection.

Learn more about this event in our current exhibit!

Click here: Bridging Rensselaer County: Two Centuries of Crossing the Hudson

Happy International Women's Day!

In honor of International Women’s Day, RCHS honors one of the earliest woman pharmacists in New York State, Miss Abigail M. Littlefield.  Born in 1868, Abigail possessed a natural curiosity for science and medicine that led her to be among the first female students to enroll in the pharmacy program at Albany College of Pharmacy, 

Graduating in 1898 as a licensed pharmacist Abigail could compound drugs per physician’s orders.  The fact that she was licensed as a New York State pharmacist reflected new laws enacted by the Federal Bureau of Chemistry in 1901 that regulated and monitored the manufacturing, selling and importation of drugs. 

Abigail’s pharmacy was located in Troy on 4th Street just north of the present Uncle Sam’s Health Food Store. Along with compounding drugs, she also sold various medicinal supplies and toiletries in her pharmacy.

Miss Littlefield died in 1922 and is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery. Family correspondence of the Littlefield/Huntley families of Grafton and West Troy, (Watervliet) are in the RCHS archives. The collection was donated by Elizabeth Losa in 2000.    

 

The Sammy Awards!

Congratulations to our amazing staff members Kathy T. Sheehan and Stacy P. Draper for receiving their Sammy Awards from the Troy BID!

Jodi Brooks & Katie Hammon of the Troy BID, Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Bryan Connor & Charlotte Guyton of Bard & Baker, Kathy Sheehan & Stacy Pomeroy Draper of RCHS, Rens. Co. Legislator Cynthia Doran and NYS Assemblyman John McDonald III.

Jodi Brooks & Katie Hammon of the Troy BID, Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski, Bryan Connor & Charlotte Guyton of Bard & Baker, Kathy Sheehan & Stacy Pomeroy Draper of RCHS, Rens. Co. Legislator Cynthia Doran and NYS Assemblyman John McDonald III.

Kathy T. Sheehan & Stacy P. Draper, along with the other Sammy Award winners, holding their awards.

Kathy T. Sheehan & Stacy P. Draper, along with the other Sammy Award winners, holding their awards.

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.

 
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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:

https://www.mediasanctuary.org/podcasts/rensselaer-county-historian-kathy-sheehan-on-thursday-history-talks/

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.

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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.

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