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October 15, 2016, Fall outing to the Bronck House in Coxsackie. The Bronck House is the Hudson Valley's oldest home.  Part of it was constructed in 1663.  It is owned and operated by the Greene County Historical Society. 

 

November 13, 2017 "Saint John Honeywood" by Steve Trimm Saint John Honeywood lived in the area in the late 1700s.  Steve will share with us this fabulous, eccentric busy body and gossip who was a poet, painter, teacher, and newspaper publisher.  Honeywood's views on gender roles were 200 years ahead of this time.

January 8, 2017 "Steamboats on the Hudson" by Tom Allison For a century beginning with the Clermont in 1807, steamboats were the best way to get between Albany and New York City. Tom shared a collection of images from around Albany which showed what life about steamboats was like.

 

April 9, 2017 "Apples" by Ray Lempka Ray, a longtime area farmer presented a lecture on the origins of apples and their place in history.

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June 2017 "Edmonia Lewis" by Bobbie Reno, East Greenbush Town Historian (rescheduled from February)   Edmonia was born to an African American father and a Chippewa mother.  She spent time as a young girl in Greenbush.  She overcame numerous obstacles and became an internationally-known sculptor.

 

2015-2016 Programs

September 13, 2015 "Virtual Tour of the Schuyler Mansion"  The mansion in Albany's south end was the home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler and was once the center piece of his 80 acre estate.

October 24, 2015"Fall Outing to Rensselaer County Historic Society Building" Kathy Sheehan led a tour of Troy's Underground Railroad and the exhibit "Scenic Overlook" was viewed

November 8, 2015 "G.I. Gantter's Infantry" by Steve Trimm  Ray fought in the Battle of the Bulge and invasion of Nazi Germany.  Because he spoke German and could converse with civilians and POWs he vividly described the final agonizing months of WWII in his memoir book "Roll Me Over." 

 

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September 18, 2016 "Lily of the Mohawk" by Jack Casey Jack Casey, local author and attorney spoke about Kateri Tekakwitha who was a 17th century Indian woman from the village of Ossemenom now Auriesville. He provided an insightful story about her life and friendship with Jesuit missionaries.

 
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.March 19, 2017 "Anne Sullivan" by Phyllis Chapman: Phyllis Chapman in costume portrayed Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller

 

May 21, 2017 "Wild Women of Rensselaer County" by Kathy Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City historian.   Kathy presented a lecture on women of Rensselaer County who had an impact on our county, state and nation and whose legacy is still evident today.

 
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January 10, 2016 "Riot in Greenbush - The Anti-Rent War Renewed" by Jill Witbeck Knapp The shooting of Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriff Griggs in 1869 and the various legal proceeding which culminated in a murder trial was discussed. 

March 13, 2016 "A Mohican Understanding of Papscanee Island" by Bonney Harrtley, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.  Bonney discussed the importance of the island to the tribe and provided information on the tribes current activities. 

April 10, 2016 "Reburial of the Remains of the Schuyler Slaves"  by Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarchaeology NYS Museum. Lisa talked about what had been learned from the skeletons of the slaves and the plans to rebury them in St. Agnes Cemetery.

May 8, 2016 "Memories of Greenbush" board member Jim Finke discussed some of his memories of the area in the 1940s and 1950s.