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First Thursday History Talks - November 2019
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

First Thursday History Talks - November 2019

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Troy, New York Meets Troy Farm, North Dakota! Troy's Connection Past and Present, with the Transcontinental Railroad. 

In the 1870s a small group of Troy businessmen became landowners in North Dakota. Learn how this came about, what became of the land and how 130 years later, a re-connection was made with "Troy Farm, ND". Long-distance travel by Amtrak becomes an integral part of the story when Barbara Urban and Kathy Sheehan decide to go to North Dakota to search for "Troy Farm"!

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Souvenir Craze
Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Souvenir Craze

Souvenir Craze

From about 1890 to 1930, when people traveled, they were sure to come home with a souvenir of the trip, especially pictorial ones. They were often made of fine china, brass and silver.

Barbara Urban has amassed a large collection of Troy souvenirs from that era, many depicting historic sites and buildings in the city. Learn how new 19th century technology technology fueled the craze and how war killed it. Troy souvenirs ranged from sterling spoons to quirky fans and banks.

Come on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30 pm, to learn about this phenomena. If you are lucky, you may win a door prize!


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The Architecture of Travel.
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Architecture of Travel.

  • Farmer's Market Information Booth (map)
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This tour will focus on the business of travel. See the sites associated with boat, rail and auto travel, as well as other associated businesses that kept Troy a major transportation hub from the 19th century through the mid 20th century.

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* PLEASE NOTE * This walking tour meets at the Farmer’s Market Information Booth, located at: 265 River Street, Troy, NY.

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School Days in Troy!
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

School Days in Troy!

  • Farmer's Market Information Booth (map)
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Education has played a significant role in the growth of the City of Troy since the late 18th century. This tour will explore the many types of schools that have called Troy home, including the Troy Female Seminary, the William Rich School and the Troy Academy. We will discuss Emma Willard, Amos Eaton, William Rich and others who are still nationally recognized for their forward thinking views on education.

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* PLEASE NOTE * This walking tour meets at the Farmer’s Market Information Booth, located at: 265 River Street, Troy, NY.

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RCHS Gala 2019
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

RCHS Gala 2019

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The Hart-Cluett Award

Each year the RCHS Gala honors an individual or a group with the Hart-Cluett Award. In 2019, the honor goes to Michael Nofal.

 
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Michael Nofal is a community leader in Rensselaer County and the greater Capital Region. His timeless efforts on behalf of cultural and community organizations has benefited thousands. For these reasons and more, Michael is this year’s recipient of the Hart-Cluett Award.


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As we are close to being sold out for this event, please contact Melissa via email: melissa@rchsonline.org, or call 518-272-7232 x 11 to inquire about tickets.


Many thanks to this year’s Gala Sponsors:

Archivist Level:

Prestige Services

Historian Level:

Bouchey Financial Group, Ltd.

Capital Region Living Magazine

Fearless Studios

Massry Charitable Foundation

Rensselaer County IDA

Curator Level:

Judge Development Corp.

Researcher Level:

Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP

F. Downs Cawley

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP

Lori Schindler Real Estate Team At Howard Hanna

Pioneer Bank

Vicina – Modern Urban Flats

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2019 Annual Members Meeting & Exhibit Opening
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

2019 Annual Members Meeting & Exhibit Opening

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DATE: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

In accordance with RCHS Bylaws, current members in good standing are invited to our 92nd Annual Meeting. If your membership is not current and/or you wish to become a new member, please know that we invite you to join RCHS by clicking here:

BECOME A MEMBER!

Or, you may join RCHS that Tuesday evening at the check-in table.

We will recap the past year, honor retiring board members & elect new board members. We will also share a special announcement!

Following a brief meeting, we will open our new exhibit,

Bringing Vacation Home: Our Community On Vacation

Light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP's encouraged by calling (518) 272-7232 x 11, or via email: melissa@rchsonline.org

Thank you!

Please Note: Invitations to current RCHS members who do not have email addresses will be mailed via USPS in August.

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Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

Back to school

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Educating the Hart and Cluett Families

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From the Troy Female Seminary to Mrs. O’Kill’s boarding school in New York City, education has played an important role in the development of the 22 children that lived in the house. Drawing on the Hart Papers and Amanda Cluett’s diary we will look at education in the 19th and early 20th century.

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Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!
Sep
14
10:30 AM10:30

Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!

  • 265 River Street Troy, NY 12180 (map)
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Samuel Wilson, aka Uncle Sam is seen all over Troy, from the statue in Riverfront Park to the Health Food store on 4th Street. But who is Uncle Sam? This tour will look at sites associated with the man, Samuel Wilson and the legend, Uncle Sam.

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The Architecture of Downtown Troy.
Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Architecture of Downtown Troy.

  • Farmer's Market Information Booth (map)
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In honor of the newly published book by author Diana Waite, we will explore the historic district concentrating on select buildings that are featured in the book. New discoveries about these buildings designed by nationally acclaimed architects will be a highlight of this tour!

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'Woodstock Remembered' Deck Party + Back to School - supplies drive for Unity House!
Aug
13
5:00 PM17:00

'Woodstock Remembered' Deck Party + Back to School - supplies drive for Unity House!

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ALL are invited to our ‘Woodstock Remembered’ Deck Party on Tuesday, August 13th!

 
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Love beads NOT required, but if you’re feeling so inclined, come wearing them, bell-bottoms, or whatever 60’s garb you’ve got…

Food, drinks & access to all of our galleries are included in the ticket price.

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Since it is almost time for the children of Rensselaer County to go back to school, we are partnering with Unity House of Troy, NY for this deck party and are asking attendees to please bring a new school supply item such as: backpacks, pens & pencils, markers, crayons, composition notebooks, etc., if you are able to!

Thank you!

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Decorating the Walls
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Decorating the Walls

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Artwork and other decorative treatments in the Hart-Cluett House 

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This tour will highlight the paintings and sculpture currently on view and look at how the families used artwork, wall papers and other decorative techniques to make a statement or celebrate special events.  William Richardson Tyler, C.G. Beauregard, Erastus Dow Palmer and Samantha Huntley will be among the artists whose work is featured on the tour.

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Drinking History: Blood, Sweat and Irons
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Drinking History: Blood, Sweat and Irons

Blood, Sweat and Irons: Becoming the “Collar City”

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Listen, Drink and Convert T-Shirts into bags!

Speakers: Tom Nardacci & Kathy Sheehan.

Kathy will speak on Troy's garment industry history, labor leader Kate Mullany, plus the dangers, culture and impact of becoming the "Collar City". Tom will regale us with the story of how Kate Mullany’s Troy house became a National Historic Site.

"Making History" Activity: Attendees will use a production line to convert t-shirts into reusable bags in anticipation of 2020's plastic bag ban. RCHS Rising Leaders will teach the technique and provide t-shirts as needed or participants can bring their own t-shirts. It's great re-use for t-shirts that you don't wear but have kept around.

$25 pp - includes one free drink, history talk & t-shirt bag!

 
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