GHS 2022 Programs

Guilderland Historical Society


2020 GHS Programs

Ferbruary 20th 7:30 pm

Schenectady Suds: The Local Story of Beer presented by  Michael Diana

The first Dutch settlers arriving in New Netherland (today's New York) depended on beer. Now, with the growing craft beer trend,  we can truly see what integral role beer played in our history. Agriculture, transportation, technology, politics and social issues have all played a part in beer's history, and in turn has affected our own lives.

Michael Diana grew up in Guilderland, New York and has long been fascinated with the natural and historic landscape of the Mohawk Valley. He studied history at Hamilton College and returned to Schenectady where he currently works as the Programs and Education Manager of the Schenectady County Historical Society. In that role, he regularly leads walking tours and presentations for audiences of all descriptions. He recently wrote a new interpretive script for the long-popular Mabee Farm Historic site and is eager to share the remarkable stories he's learned in the process. 

March, April, May meetings Cancelled 

To be re-scheduled!

What's New with the Old Stuff at the Altamont Fair presented by Doug Cornwell

Mr. Cornwell will speak about the work of the Historical Preservation Committee at the fair which is comprised of 14 volunteers who work year round meeting at least once a week. He will also talk about  some of the most unusual and unique items(with local ties) in the 7 different museums located on the fairgrounds.

Mr. Cornwell resides in Rotterdam but was born and raised in Schoharie County. After attending Schoharie Central School, he attended SUNY Cobelskill and the University at Albany. He served as a U.S. Army Infantry Sgt. in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star.

"During the mid-1960's I started a small antique shop in a garage on our family farm along Route 433 in West Berne". Mr. Cornell has been involved with purchase, appraisals and sales of antiques for more than 30 years, including more than 500 antique auctions and shows in NY, CT, MA and VT. 

Everyone is invited to join the Historical Society members for this free program and the social hour following at the Mynderse-Frederick House 451 Route 146 Guilderland Center NY.

*  Please check this website for cancellation due to inclement weather.

** There will be a brief GHS business meeting before the program.

September 17th   7:00 pm CANCELLED 

Phillip Hooker: Albany's First Architect presented by Tom Allison

Phillip Hooker designed and built churches, schools, public buildings, warehouses, speculation housing, as well as the premier residences in Albany and Central New York. Now restored and open to the public, Hyde Hall in Cooperstown was his last major work. In the hands of New York State, it nearly became just another memory. Fully restored today, it shows the architect's attention to detail at the drafting table.

Tom Allison has been discovering the untold history of Albany for more than 30 years. His interest began when his fifth grade History teacher encouraged him to give a presentation to the class and later the school. "Once Upon a Time in Goshen" was the first of the annual talks for his local historical society and he has given it at least once a year for the past sixty years!

October 15th 7:00 pm  CANCELLED

Preserving Family Photographs and Documents presented by Marietta Carr 

Do you have old family photographs, letters, diaries or other precious items that you would like to preserve? This presentation will discuss how to properly preserve your family's

important documents and photos. It will also provide tips on how 

to store, display, label and handle these materials. Preserving these materials will assist family members, now or in the future, to retrace and reconstruct your family history.

Marietta Carr joined the Schenectady County Historical Society in 2019. She previously served as the Archivist for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio and has worked in archives, museums and historical societies for over 10 years. She earned he M.A. in History from Northeastern College in Boston, MA and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA.

November 19th 7:00 pm  CANCELLED

New York's Hidden Dutch History: The Work of the New Netherland  Research Center presented by Charles Gehring

The talk will survey the historical background of the Dutch and its war of independence, why does the New York State Archives have 12,000 administrative records in Dutch, and what is the goal of the New Netherland Research Center.