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Uncle Sam: The Man in Life and Legend

  • Rensselaer County Historical Society 57 Second Street Troy, NY United States (map)

Samuel “Uncle Sam” Wilson (1766-1854) is undoubtedly Troy’s most famous son. Arriving in Troy in the late 18th century and participating in the community’s early growth and success, he was also a witness to the expansion of our nation and the development of our national identity.

This exhibit examines both the real man and the national symbol using objects from the museum’s collections, including archeological artifacts from the site of one of Sam Wilson’s houses and historical prints and images of our national symbol. Visitors will be able to see how the story of the man and the legend evolved and learn how this real person and national icon continue to impact us today.

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