Last minute shopping?!

Do you have last minute holiday shopping to do?

The RCHS Holiday Gift Shop is only open for 2 more days before Christmas! We're here tomorrow (Thursday) from noon - 5 pm, and Friday as well... also from noon - 5 pm. (You may also come to shop by appointment, just give Melissa a call at: 518.272.7232 x 11!)

Here are some of the RCHS staff's favorite gift shop picks...

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Melissa, Administrative Assistant:

24 kt gold plated (over brass) Unicorn Ornament.

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Susan, Membership & Events Officer:

*Exclusively at RCHS!*

Uncle Sam Ornaments - hand painted Toleware by RM Prout.

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Karin, Executive Director:

24 kt gold plated (over brass) Snowflake Ornament.


Stacy, Curator:

Beautifully hand-knit stockings.

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Kathy, Historian/Registrar:

24 kt gold plated (over brass) Nativity Scene ornament.

You can also find some of our gift baskets at Artcentric in town!

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The RCHS Holiday Gift Shop has something for everyone! Please shop small, shop local, and know that anything you purchase from RCHS supports our programs!


Happy Holidays to you and yours!!


RCHS is happy to share news that we were awarded an REDC Award from NYS of $361,620 to help us secure the exterior of the Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum (HCH).

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2018 will be an especially busy year for us as we continue our regular education programs, gallery work plus research services AND also undertake major preservation and restoration projects in HCH. These funds, which we must match in cash at 25%, will empower us to fully restore the 52 original HCH windows from 1827 and 1837, do much needed electrical updates, some roof repairs and a few other key bricks and mortar projects.

We are thrilled!

This project is Phase One of a larger multi-year $1,000,000 critical needs list to bring all three of our connected buildings up to best standards for preservation, expanded programming, energy efficiency, HVAC modernization etc.

THANK YOU to all NY State REDC decision makers and the many officials & key business leaders who submitted letters in support of our application.

Another Happy Cluett Birthday!

A fun celebration was held today in honor of Jane Cluett Hansen’s birthday! Jane is the granddaughter of Albert and Caroline Ide Cluett.  She has been volunteering here at RCHS every Friday for the last 28 years. In this 1934 Christmas photo taken in the dining room, Jane is the little girl with the blond curly hair being held by her father, Girvin Cluett.

Happy Birthday Jane!

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Thank you!

THANK YOU - first and foremost - to members of The Van Rensselaer Garden Club, for a wildly successful Holiday Greens Show again this year! 

Many thanks as well to our generous Community Night sponsors: Duncan and Cahill, Inc., & Stewart's Shops, and to our many donors including All Star Wine & Spirits, Bella Napoli Bakery, The Halfmoon Button Club, RCHS Board Members and The Mirror Lake Inn.

And last but definitely not least our heartfelt thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers!! 

Thanks to you all for making this holiday tradition possible!

Photos by Steven Talbot (Thanks for the beautiful photos, Steve!)

Ring along with RCHS - Wednesday at Noon!


For the annual Holiday Shopping Season Kick-Off, the Downtown Troy BID, RCHS and other local organizations will fill the air with cheer, by ringing historic bells on site, and throughout the city of Troy.

Troy was home to the Meneely Foundry from 1826-1952, which cast many world-class large bells. Over 65,000 bells were made and can be found at universities throughout the Northeast US and in churches as far as Guatemala and Taiwan.

Bring a bell to ring, (Wednesday, 11/22, at Noon), and celebrate by shopping locally this holiday season!

Keep an ear out for bells all over Troy!

Think: Cool!

Think Cool: Save the Date for the Annual Holiday Greens Show!

Cooler days are coming! Please save some of them, November 30th through December 3rd, for the Van Rensselaer Garden Club fabulous fresh flowers and greens show presented in the lavishly decorated RCHS Hart-Cluett House.

Photo by Mr. R. Thomas Killips

Photo by Mr. R. Thomas Killips

Stay tuned as more information will be available later on in October...