Guilderland Historical Society
Box 282, Guilderland Center, New York 12085
451 Main Street, Route 146
NEWS RELEASE: “NYS Path Through History”
June 17, 2017 1-4 pm
Contact: (518) 861-8582
The Guilderland Historical Society and the Guilderland Garden Club will hold an Open House at the 1802 Mynderse-Frederick House in Guilderland Center on Saturday, June 17, from 1-4 pm. Tours of the House, decorated with flower arrangements provided by the Garden Club, will be conducted by Historical Society members. Tours of the award-winning gardens maintained by the Garden Club will be available.
May 18th, 2017
“The Hudson-Mohawk Region: Silicon Valley of the 19th Century” was Michael Barrett’s power-point presentation at the May 18 meeting of the Guilderland Historical Society. This program will provide a portrait of our area in a past era when its towns and cities were a national center for innovation, invention and a tremendous amount of manufacturing.
Michael Barrett is the Executive Director the Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway. This organization is dedicated to recording and preserving the industrial history of this area and educating the public. Knowledgeable guides offer tours to local sites and operate a museum located in what had been the office of the Burden Ironworks in South Troy. Mr. Barrett has been involved with the Gateway for many years and often leads tours of Troy’s historic Oakwood Cemetery. He is a dynamic speaker and will make the subject come alive.
The public is invited to join historical society members for this free program and the social hour following. The May 18 meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. For additional information call 861-8582.
April 20th, 2017
“1912: George Lunn and the Socialist Takeover of Schenectady” was the Guilderland Historical Society’s program Thursday, April 20 when Bill Buell will be telling the story of a historic political upset. A very well- known figure in his time, George Lunn not only served as Mayor of Schenectady, but also a term in Congress and a term as lieutenant-governor of New York. Lunn’s years as mayor had a big impact on Schenectady.
March 16th, 2017
"A Night With Tom Thorpe" was the program for the Guilderland Historical Society's March 16 meeting. He is a talented musician who has performed throughout the Northeast and will be presenting a selection of pieces from his extensive repertoire that are some of his favorites. He is a singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist whose wide range of performance includes folk, Irish, country and bluegrass.
February 16th, 2017
“From the West Manor of Rensselaerwyck to Westmere: Three Hundred Years of Guilderland’s Place Names” was the Guilderland Historical Society’s February program.Using photographs from the society’s extensive collection Mary Ellen Johnson will describe the evolution of the names of our town’s communities. Some names are still in everyday use, others are obsolete, and still others are remembered only by old timers or local history buffs.
Ms. Johnson has been reading, researching and writing about Guilderland history in the society’s newsletter “The Frederick House News” for many years. She was the co-author with Alice Begley of the Arcadia Press book Guilderland, NY. A retired teacher, she is a graduate of SUNY Albany.
"An Evening with Blacksmith Jim Moran: Questions and Answers" was our November program. Jim Moran has been an active blacksmith since 1972 and since that time, many blacksmiths have formed groups to share the craft and learn from one another. Jim will discuss the process of forming iron /steel into useful tools or art using the same craft that has been used for thousands of years.
Jim Moran has been a member of Artist and Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA) for many years and was the President of the Northeast Blacksmiths in the past. He formed the Capital District Blacksmiths Association in 2001 and is the groups' leader and most active member. He was employed by DEC as an Environmental Engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Jim is currently the resident blacksmith at the Normanskill Farm where he and the CDBA demonstrate blacksmithing to the school children of Albany. He resides in Delmar.
“American Stoneware: Both Utilitarian and Beautiful,” will be Robert’s Halley’s presentation for the Guilderland Historical Society’s program at their Thursday, October 20 meeting. He will be discussing the assorted fired clay containers such as the crocks, jugs and churns in common use for food storage and preservation in the years before refrigeration. Often decorated by individual potters with blue designs, today surviving stoneware pieces are often prized antiques, the best now considered folk art.
Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne discussed his new book The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State?s History at the Guilderland Historical Society?s Thursday, May 19 meeting. Examining sixteen key events in New York State? history ranging from the 1777 writing of the state?s first constitution to the more contemporary topics of building the New York State Thruway and the courage of New York City?s firemen during and after 9/11, he has written a thoroughly researched book to be read by anyone with an interest in history. Two of the most interesting chapters from his book will be the focus of his presentation at the meeting.
A longtime resident of Guilderland, Dr. Dearstyne is a member of the Guilderland Historical Society. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Syracuse University, serving on the staff of the New York Office of State History and for many years was a program director of the New York State Archives. Specializing in New York State history, he has taught college classes locally at SUNY Albany and Russell Sage and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.
A lifelong Guilderland resident, Everett is knowledgeable about early 20th century agricultural methods, old barns particularly Dutch barns and antique farm equipment. He is passionate about preserving agricultural heritage and will be sharing his thoughts and knowledge of post 1929 farming methods.
Over the years his involvement with many organizations has contributed much to our community. For several decades he has been a member of Guilderland Historical Society and is one of our past presidents.