The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) is holding a “Welcome Peter Home!” community-wide reception on May 30th, to welcome home a rare portrait of one of Troy’s most prominent mid-19th-century citizens. The reception is open to the public and will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. at RCHS, located at 57 Second Street, Troy.
RCHS recently acquired the historic watercolor portrait of Peter F. Baltimore which dates from the 1840s. Baltimore was a prominent member of an important free black family who came to Troy in the late 18th-early 19th century. Baltimore’s family worked as key members of the community, particularly in the area of abolition. Peter himself worked as a barber and his barbershop was a documented part of the local Underground Railroad system.
RCHS raised over $15,000 from the community to purchase the framed watercolor portrait of Peter Baltimore. Over 170 donors participated in this successful effort to “Bring Peter Home!” The original asking price for the piece was $19,500, however, the owner agreed to lower the amount as the portrait will be part of a public collection and is a rare and important piece of Troy and Rensselaer County’s History.
Come join us to celebrate Peter’s return to Troy!
Please RSVP to: Melissa@rchsonline.org, or call 518-272-7232 x 11, by Monday, May 28th.