Guilderland Historical Society

Subtitle

2018 Programs

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER - The meeting will be rescheduled for 2019

 

November 15th 7:30 pm 


"Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal" by Brad Utter


Brad Utter has been a Senior Historian/Curator, Science and Technology History at the New York State Museum since 2014, As the Curator of the New York State's Museum's new exhibit "Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal", he will give an overview of the exhibit and highlight some of the stories and artifacts featured in the exhibit.


Brad holds a B.A., from Lander University and a M.A. and C.A.S. in Public History from the University of Albany.


Brad's areas of research revolve around the development of Industry and Transportation in New York State and how the development of that industry impacted the lives of  New Yorkers.


Over the past 3 years his focus has been on the Erie Canal. Brad also continues to work on the story of the Waterford Flight of locks. The "Waterford Flight" as it is known, is a set of five locks located at the entrance of the New York State Barge System. 2015 marked the 100th year that the National Civil Engineering Landmark has been in service.  "My focus has been on the impact on the community both physical and social from the construction to today".


Everyone is invited to join Historical Society members 7:30 pm for this free program and for the social hour following at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. For information or directions call 518 861-8582.




October 18th, 2018 


"Albany's Deutschtum: Before and After the Great War" by Christopher White


This program is an informative overview of the rise of the German-American community in Albany, New York and its decline in World War I.


Christopher White is a genealogist, gravestone conservator and independent historian with a special focus on local (Albany) German-American history.He holds a BA and MA in History from the University at Albany. His writings include a Masters Thesis "From Acceptance to Reunification: Das Ende von Albanys Deutschtum". His blog is "Finding Your Past: Genealogical Gleanings with the Albany Gravedigger"


September 20th 2018


Riot in East Greenbush - The Anti-Rent War Renewed presented by Jill Witbeck Knapp


The program is based on Ms. Knapps book, The Time for Redemption, a non-fiction work about the death of Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriff Griggs, during an anti-rent incident in 1869. The incident captivated the Capital District in 1869 and 1870, as documented in over 300 pages of newspaper articles.  


A native of Latham, NY, Ms. Knapp received a BS from Cornell in General Agriculture and MS in Agronomy. She received a Ph. D. in Agronomy from Purdue where her research focused on Wheat production. 


She has had numerous and varied career positions from Horticulturist at Hancock Shaker Village, to Executive Director of Conservation Districts of Iowa, Agriculture Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County, and adjunct Professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey. From 2005 to 2013, Jill was the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Land Conservatory. 


After she returned to the Albany area in 2005, Jill became interested in her family history. Over the past decade, she amassed a significant volume of information on the Whitbeck family. The result of this research is her non-fiction book, The Time for Redemption, the story of her great, great grandfather who was charged with the murder of a Rensselaer County, NY Deputy Sheriff during an anti-rent incident in 1869.


Path Through History


The Public is invited to visit the 1802 Mynderse-Frederick House and Gardens 1-4 pm on Saturday, June 16th when the Guilderland Garden Club and the Guilderland Historical Society sponsor an Open House in observance of New York State's Path through History weekend.


The beautiful gardens created by the Garden Club will be on display with members on hand to answer questions. Inside the house, Historical Society members will be available to give house tours and will have a photo display honoring the Guilderland Center and McKnownville fire departments, both celebrating their centennials in 2018.


Garden Club members will have flower arrangements on display and are providing refreshments.Plan to visit us for this free event at 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center.


This year there are two additional places in Guilderland Center to visit.  Just West of the Mynderse-Frederick House, the 1860 Cobblestone School will be open where a member of the Historical Society will be on hand to tell about the one room school when it was in session educating the youth of Guilderland Center.


Weather permitting, members of the Guilderland Fire Department will bring out their 1924 "Village Queen", the first piece of equipment in the Town of Guilderland capable of pumping streams of water two or three stories high. It was instrument in fighting several major fires. The Fire House is located at 10 School Road.



February 24th, 2018 -  Mynderse-Frederick Open House


In lieu of a regular February meeting, the Guilderland Historical Society plans to host an Open House and tours of the Mynderse-Frederick House on Saturday, February 24th from 2-4pm.


You do not need to be a member to attend. We look forward to community members stopping by. There will be refreshments and there is ample parking available. If you have a question, please contact guilderlandhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.


January 21st, 2018


Guilderland's First Hundred Years


Guilderland Historical Society members were cordially invited to attend a presentation by Mary Ellen Johnson, President of the Guilderland Historical Society, at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, on Sunday January 21st at 2:00 pm.


Mary Ellen presented her program "In the Beginning: Guilderland's First Hundred Years". She discussed the first days of settlement of Guilderland until about 1825.  


March 15th 2018  7:30 pm


" Glorious Victory that took 70 Years: The Fight for Women's Suffrage in New York State" with Stuart Lehman


2017 marked the Centennial of the Constitutional Amendment granting women the right vote in New York State. This historic vote occurred 3 years before  the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and played a major role in the success of the National Amendment.


The New York State Capitol was the epicenter of the suffrage battle in New York State. Suffragists and anti-suffragists lobbied the Legislature in support of their positions every year from 1854 to 1917.


This one hour program will explore this historic struggle and its outcome through  images from both suffrage and anti-suffrage sources.


Stuart W. Lehman works with the Office of General Services as an Assistant  Curator for the New York State Capitol. He conducts research into the history of the Capitol Building. He develops Capitol education programs and tours, including "living history" programs. He previously worked at the Bureau of Historic Sites at Senate House, Herkimer Home and Schuyler Mansion. On weekends he participates in Revolutionary War re-enactments as a Colonial Doctor. He lives in Guilderland.




April 19th 2018  7:30 pm


"Troy's Tiffany Treasures" with Michael Barrett 


Troy is said to have more Tiffany Glass per square mile than any other city in the world. This illustrated lecture covers the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and several of his illustrious employees in their production of some astonishing works of art in glass.


Michael Barrett is Executive Director of 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 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  the subject come alive! 

May 17th 2018  7:30 pm


The Rapp Road Community History


Stephanie Woodward and Beverly Bardequez from the Rapp Road Historical Association, will discuss the history and importance of this unique African-American Community, which thrived until 1971 when the Washington Avenue Extension was built.


Everyone is invited to join Historical Society members 7:30 pm for this free program and for the social hour following at the Mynderse-Frederick House, 451 Route 146, Guilderland Center. For information or directions call 518 861-8582.