Welcome from Ilene Frank, Executive Director

Ilene 2014

RCHS will hold its 87th Annual Meeting on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00pm. Join us as we recap the past year and honor retiring board members William Hessney and Sharon Robinson. The membership will be asked to vote on two issues, the election of our new trustees and the adoption of revised bylaws.

For more information about the annual meeting, to see the slate of nominees and view the proposed bylaws revision, please click here.

RCHS will also use the evening to open three new exhibits. At the Corner of Second and State: Where Troy’s History Intersects will be on display in the Grimm Gallery. Using the themes of the City’s Grid, Architecture, Cultural History, and Social Action, the exhibit examines this well known intersection which has witnessed many important events and developments over the years. A companion exhibit in the Robison Meeting Room, “Conserving the Welfare & Best Interests of Our Depositors”: The Troy Savings Bank tells the story of this leading financial institution and its impact and lasting legacy on the community. Both of those exhibits are sponsored by the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation and the Lucille Herold Trust.

The third exhibit, Prospect of America: Selections of the Edgar Holloway Art Collection, will open in the Library Lobby gallery. This exhibit features the watercolors and etchings of English artist Edgar Holloway, who painted scenes of Troy, Cohoes and other outlying areas in the 1970s. This exhibit is sponsored by The McCarthy Charities.

Our 2014 Annual Fund Campaign is going strong. Chaired by Elaine Larkin Grimm, the campaign has raised over $15,000 since we launched it earlier this summer. The Annual Fund provides essential unrestricted support necessary for the ongoing maintenance of the Museum’s historic buildings, staff salaries, and priority programs, including research, education, and exhibitions.

Please join Elaine, me, and our Board of Trustees in supporting this campaign. You can easily make a donation by clicking on the pay pal link, or call the museum for other ways to make your donation. As always, thank you to our supporters who ensure RCHS is here to provide great history programming and exhibits.

Mission: The Rensselaer County Historical Society enriches the present and advocates for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story.

Vision: To become the recognized leader in curating the region’s cultural identities and heritage.

Help keep history alive! Donate today! Your tax-deductible donation makes it possible for RCHS to continue offering its quality programming, events and exhibits to the public. Thank you for your support.