2017-2018 Schedule. Unless otherwise noted the programs are held at on Sundays at 2 PM at the East Greenbush Library. Due to seating limitations, prior registration is required.
To register for a program please call the East Greenbush Library at: 518-477-7476 x4 or
to register on line, visit their website at: http://eastgreenbushlibrary.org/events/
If you have suggestions for future programs and speakers, or for outings, please let us know. We are particularly interested in topics that focus on the Greenbush Community or at least with a Rensselaer County connection.
September 17, 2017"A Republic If You Can Keep It: The Constitution Then & Now" by Ken Kiser
When Benjamin Franklin was asked if we had a monarch or a republic, he replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." The presentation will examine what we have done through amendments, laws, court decisions, and customs to keep it. The origins of the Constitution, the participants at the Convention, and the compromises they made will be examined. Ken Kiser is a board member and a retired history/political science instructor from Highland Community College in Illinois.
October 21, 2017 Fall Outing to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Members only.
The tour of the music hall will start at 10 AM. It is expected to take about an hour. Please meet in front of the building at 9:50 AM. Lunch will follow at the Whistling Kettle, 254 Broadway. Please contact June Kosier at email@example.com by October 13 to let her know if you are coming for the tour, lunch or both. The tour is free and lunch will be from the menu.
November 12, 2017 "Do you live in a Sears, Roebuck home?" by MaryEllen Sullivan
Many of the homes in the Greenbush area were purchased from Sears, Roebuck Modern Homes Catalog. The idea of prefab homes started long before the modern version we see today. Maybe you will discover you live in one.
The lives of four brothers and their exploits before, during, and after the Civil War will be examined. One was non-descript, one was more brave and daring, one led a virtual suicide mission and the last became the "American Idol" of his day.
January 21, 2018 "Fabulous Cushing Boys" by Jim Cochran
March 18, 2018 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Don Kelly
Join us and Don Kelly with his acoustic guitar to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend with a little Irish music and Irish history. Wear your green!
April 15, 2018 "Troy's Tiffany Treasurers" by Michael P. Barrett, Executive Director Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
Troy is said to have more Tiffany stained galls per square mile than any other city in the nation. This illustrated lecture ill give you a peak at some of the stained glass grandeur that the 19th century industrial fortunes made possible.
May 20, 2018 "Defreestville and Wynantskill -- A Tale of Two Hamlets" by Jim Greenfield, North Greenbush Town Historian
Jim will discuss the hamlets' naming and growth from the 1600s tp the 21st century, the biggest influence in their development, and what may surprise you, the second biggest influence. You will meet some interesting characters and relive some intriguing events.