GHS 2022 Programs

Guilderland Historical Society


NEW DATE: February 24, 7:30 pm, via Zoom only (details below)

Guilderland's Historic Roadside Markers, presented by John Haluska

On Thursday, February 17, the Guilderland Historical Society will hold its first meeting of the new year via Zoom. Mr. John Haluska will give a presentation on the historic roadside markers in the Town of Guilderland. He will talk about the origin of the markers that were first placed in the 1930's, which markers have been lost, and those that remain. He will describe his own preservation efforts -- John has been repairing and repainting the Town's markers for several years -- and he will even discuss ideas for potential new markers. These roadside signs are perhaps the most visible daily reminder of the many changes wrought by the inexorable passage of time in our Town. Come hear John for a refresher course on the history of the Town of Guilderland!

Apologies - recording not available

March 17, 2022, 7:30 pm, via Zoom

Preserving Family Photographs and Documents, presented by Marrietta Carr

Photos, letters, diaries, and other important documents are cherished pieces of a family’s history, but they can also be a challenge to preserve and maintain for future generations. Preserving your family papers will assist relatives and friends (current and future) in tracing and understanding your family’s history and connections to local and community history. Marietta Carr, librarian and archivist at the Schenectady County Historical Society, will give a presentation on preservation techniques you can use for your family’s archives, including storage, handling, digitization, and organization on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Marietta joined the staff of SCHS in 2019 and has worked in archives, museums, libraries, and historical societies for over 10 years. Her archival preservation experience ranges from colonial land agreements to 20th century maps, and includes books, photos, recordings, and digital materials.

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April 21, 2022, 7:30 pm, via Zoom

McKownville - Country Club Highlands Historic District, presented by Bill Kidd

The Country Club Highlands subdivision, located on the north side of Western Avenue between Fuller Road and Knowles Terrace, was developed starting in 1910 by the Witbeck family. Thanks to their residential deed restrictions, and continuing efforts by residents and the McKownville Improvement Association subsequently, the residential character of this early-mid 20th century neighborhood remains largely intact. Most of the houses in it were built between 1910 and 1940, and with few exceptions have not been substantially altered since they were constructed. This example of an early suburban development is now a State Historic District and is expected shortly to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In this talk Bill Kidd, a resident of this neighborhood, will present some history of the developers, the houses, and the early residents, and also the nearby local businesses, and recreation provided across the then two-lane Western Avenue at McKown Grove and Witbeck Park.

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May 19, 2022, 7:30 pm, via Zoom

Researching our 1889 Altamont home, originally built for James Bleecker Groot, presented by Bill Johnson

How does one learn about the history of an Altamont home?  Bill and Kathy Johnson bought their Altamont home in 1986 and were curious for many years about it original owner.  Finally, in 2020, they embarked on an exploration and now know quite a bit about the history of their home and its original owner, James Bleecker Groot, who a few years later built another summer home in Altamont, now the Altamont Manor, and sold his original summer home.  Come and hear what we've learned in the process, and also learn about the sources of information that you might need to explore to learn about the local history of your home.  

To Join Zoom meeting:

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Dial: 1-646-558-8656

Meeting ID: 812 6655 6426

Passcode: 121099