During the month of October 2016, the Guilderland Historical Society showcased holdings from its archives in a display for New York State Archives Month. The exhibit focused on several aspects of historical records; covering Guilderland's Militia, the Mynderse-Frederick House in Guilderland Center, researching local and family history and the documentation of one Guilderland's early families, the Crounses.
For the month of November and December 2015, the GHS had a display at the Guilderland Public Library entitled "GUILDERLAND: THEN AND NOW". Photographs displayed show what once stood at a location and what is at that location now. This display marks the changes that have occurred over many years of Guilderland's history.
Members of the Guilderland Garden Club (GGC) recently attended the annual conference of the District III Federated Garden Clubs of NYS. The GGC is pleased to announce they received their very first awards. Competing with 25 area Clubs, the first award was presented for Landscape Design. In the summer of 2009, members of the GGC, with the help of Mater Gardner Keith Lee and the Guilderland Parks Department, developed a perennial garden at the Mynderse-Frederick House in Guilderland Center.
The garden consists mainly of flowers from gardens of Club members and plants dedicated to Club members who were loved and have passed. This has been an ongoing project. The ultimate goal was to create a garden that reflects the dignity and history of this wonderful house as well as creating a destination garden with seating and a picnic area that is open to the public. Congratulations to the Guilderland Garden Club and thanks to Maureen McNamara, past Garden Coordinator, Carol Samsonoff, current Coordinator and all the members for their dedication and love of gardening.
An Honorable Mention Award was also received by the Guilderland Garden Club for their Yearbook Design. Thanks to all the members who helped put the GGC Yearbook together especially, Judi Golombiski;Program Chairperson; Maureen McNamara, Past President; and Linda Reeves, Master Gardener, Yearbook and Web Site Designer.
If you would like more information about the Guilderland Garden Club and their activities, please visit the website at or contact GGC President, Merril- Lee Lenegar at http://www.guilderlandgardenclub.com/.
On October 22, 2013, Mary Ellen Johnson presented her program on "Guilderland's Lost Landmarks" as part of the Guilderland Public Library's Local History month. There was a house tour of the Mynderse Fredrick House as part of this joint program on Saturday October 26th.
"Guilderland's Lost Landmarks" is a slide talk presentation of once familiar buildings along the town's main roads, that now only exist in old photographs. Using slides from the historical society's extensive collection, Mary Ellen Johnson illustrated a variey of structures, formerly everyday sights,which are no longer standing. She explained how and why they disappeared and described what stands in their place today.
MOHAWK HUDSON INDUSTRIAL GATEWAY- On June 22nd, the GHS was given a tour by Michael Barrett, soon to be Executive Director of the Gateway. Barrett discussed the Iron industry in Troy, as well as other aspects of manufacturing in the area. Troy was known as the "Collar City" due to its shirt making activities that lasted long into the 20th century. The tour was followed by lunch at the "South End Tavern". Photos of the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery.