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Guilderland Historical Society


GHS 2019 Programs


June 15th 2-4 pm 

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 15th from 2-4 pm.

Tours of the house, decorated will flower arrangements provided by the Garden Club, will be given by Historical Society members. 

Tours of the Award-winning gardens will be given by Garden Club members.

In addition, a display of items related to the 1860's  Cobblestone Schoolhouse just down the road, will be on view. Although the Cobblestone Schoolhouse is not open to the public at present, visitors will be welcome to view the exterior, a masonry marvel!

Guilderland is included in Cobblestone Landmarks of New York State.

The John L. Schoolcraft House, 2299 Western Avenue, Guilderland, will also be open for showing. The home, built around 1835, is an example of "Carpenter Gothic" design. Schoolcraft, a U.S. Representative in the 1800's, was also the Uncle of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, author and Indian authority.

The Historical Society will have publications for sale and offer a do-it-yourself driving tours for other local landmarks. 

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Garden Club. Members of both organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

February 23rd 2-4 pm 

An Open House Invitation to Visit the Schoolcraft House

An Open House was held at the Schoolcraft House, 2299 Western Avenue, Guilderland, sponsored by the Guilderland Historical Society and the Guilderland Garden Club.

This historic 1840's Gothic Revival style house was built by John L. Schoolcraft as a summer cottage in the community where he grew up. He had achieved financial, political and social success in Albany and Washington, D.C. but never forgot his Guilderland connection.

Historical society members were on hand to answer questions about John Schoolcraft and his house, while Garden Club members described their garden planning with the Town to improve the outside landscaping.

In case of inclement weather, check our website  for possible cancellation. For more information call 518-861-8582.

March 21, 2019 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".

April 18th  7:30 pm

"Brick, Books and Google: An Improbable Journey" by John Haluska

This program seeks to provide an increased understanding of the Hudson River Brick industry  in the 1800-1900's. In addition to giving us an overview of the brick making industry, Mr. Haluska will present various brick examples that he has collected over the years. Do you have an interesting or unusual brick? Please feel free to bring it along for "Show & Tell" or to ask the speaker questions you may have.

John Haluska is a member of IBCA (International Brick Collectors Association) since 2014. He was a Social Studies teacher for 15 years as well as a Real Estate Appraiser for 27 years. He has collected many bricks in his travels, the nearest being under his shed in Guilderland and the farthest from San Juan Island in Washington State.

May 16th 7:30 pm

"Grave Cleaning and Restoration" presented by Christopher White

Have you ever seen that unreadable gravestone or that toppled monument and wondered "what can I do to address its condition?" There is a correct way and a wrong way to remedy that gravestone. 

Christopher White, a genealogist, historian and gravestone conservator, will present a program on gravestone conservation including cleaning, repair, what to do, what NOT to do, when to do nothing and when to seek the help of a professional conservator.