11 July 2018

Cemetery Clean-Up Party this Weekend

Although this is short notice, Brian, my friend, who is also helping to restore the Krumkill Road Cemetery is organizing a clean-up this weekend, Saturday, 14 July, 2018. An edited snippet from his FB page about this event is below.

Saturday July 14th, Christopher White, my partner in reclaiming and restoring the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery on Krumkill Road and I are hosting a work party. We’ll be working from about 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 noon. Afterward we’ll provide pizza, wings, soda and other liquid refreshments. There are a couple of areas that we need to concentrate on, and a small army like was organized last summer can make short work of an area that will overwhelm just one or two of us. If you hit like, more people will find out about this work event, and more work can be accomplished. Remember that many hands make light work! If you’d like to attend, comment below and we’ll follow up with you.

Historic Photos on Exhibit at Stephentown Post Office

The following article comes from this week's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Historic Photos on Exhibit at Stephentown Post Office

Photographs of Stephentown from 1907 and 1908 are now on display at the Stephentown Post Office. These scenes have been printed from glass plate negatives that were donated to the Stephentown Historical Society by the Lebanon Valley Historicial Society. The views include the Kinderhook Creek and Atwater Village section of Garfield.

These historic images will also be part of a Spring 2019 exhibit of local photography at the Stephentown Heritage Center. Photographers should plan to take their own interesting views and visions of Stephentown throughout the coming year with this exhibit in mind. Complete information will be available early next year.

04 June 2018

New Mount Ida Cemetery Gravestone Cleaning & Restoration Project

Yesterday, I was notified by my friends, Alysia and Cameron, who are rehabbing the New Mount Ida Cemetery in Troy that they are securing Joe Ferrannini from Grave Stone Matters to rehab a number of gravestones in the cemetery from Friday 29 June through Sunday 01 July. All of the selected stones will need to be cleaned with D2 and prepped; then Joe will make the necessary repairs to the gravestones.

Alysia and Cameron are asking if anyone is interested in helping with this project. They adopted the cemetery a number of years ago and have made significant progress in bringing the cemetery back. For years it was neglected and forgotten. Today, the cemetery is well on its way to returning to its former glory.

If anyone is interested, the details are below.

Mt. Ida Cemetery
Pinewoods Avenue
Troy, New York

Friday, 29 June 2018
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Sunday, 01 July 2018

Work to begin around 8:30 - 9:00 AM each day



31 May 2018

2018 Palatines to America National Conference

The Palatines to America German Genealogical Society 2018 National Conference will be held in Buffalo from 13-16 June, 2018. The theme is Willkommen to Buffalo– Gateway to a New Heimat (home).

"It has been said that during the height of the Erie Canal era (1830-1865) more immigrants passed through Buffalo's Erie Canal district than ever passed through Ellis Island. How fitting that we will have our 2018 conference in that canal district."

The conference will be held at
Adams Mark Hotel & Conference Center
120 Church Street
Buffalo, NY 142202

Speakers include:
John Colletta, Ph.D.; Baerbel K. Johnson, AG; Garry Finkell, Carolyn Heald; Joseph Lieby; Bruce Romanchak; Donald Schwert; and Christopher White.

Please visit the Palatines to America website for more info.
The complete conference program may be found here.


American Legion to Hold Flag Retirement

This article comes to me from today's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

American Legion to Hold Flag Retirement
The Melvin Roads Post # 1231 American Legion will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, June 7th, at 6pm. It will take place behind the East Greenbush Town Hall Offices, at the corner of Southern Ave. and Hudson Ave. in Hampton Manor.

Commander Hugh J. Blake has extended an invitation to the public to attend and encourages everyone to bring any American, POW/MIA, or NYS flags that are worn or in disrepair to be included in those to be retired.

The ceremonies will be assisted by the Clinton Heights Fire Department under the direction of Chief Steve Bestler, and the Dept. of Public Works of the Town of East Greenbush; the Post is grateful for their presence and participation.

Following the retirement ceremonies all are invited to the Post for light refreshments. The Post is located at 200 Columbia Tpk., East Greenbush (across from the Hampton Ave. entrance to the Manor).

30 May 2018

American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, 2018

The fourth annal American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference will take place on 7-10 June 2018 at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College and various locations throughout the Mohawk Valley.

Please view the website of Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park for further details. A brief synopsis of the conference is below.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Author Presentation:
Michael E. Newton - Alexander Hamilton’s Revolutionary War Service
Also, Rand Scholet - President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society and Kayla Empey - President of the newly formed Central New York Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society will discuss the organization and their endeavors.

Friday, June 8, 2018 - Author Presentation:
Russell Shorto - Revolution Song: America’s Founding Era in Six Remarkable Lives

Saturday/Sunday, June 9-10, 2018 - Author Presentations:
Edward G. Lengel – George Washington and the Burning of New York City, 1776
Eric H. Schnitzer – “Hessians” at the Battle of Bennington, 1777
James L. Nelson – Benedict Arnold's Navy: The Story of the Rag Tag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Valcour Island and Won the American Revolution
Don N. Hagist – Redcoats Along the Mohawk: British Soldiers in Western New York, 1777-1783
Bruce M. Venter – Benedict Arnold's Nemesis: Colonel John Brown's Fateful Journey to the Mohawk Valley
Jennifer DeBruin – Traitors, Spies & Heroes: Loyalist Espionage in the American Revolution
Glenn F. Williams – Sir William Johnson, the Iroquois Confederacy and Lord Dunmore’s War
John Buchanan – Two Warriors: George Washington and Sir William Howe
Wayne Lenig – The Tryon County Committee of Safety
Panel Discussion - Patriot or Loyalist


27 May 2018

Albany's Hidden City House & Garden Tour

Coming up in June is an interesting program, Albany's Hidden City House & Garden Tour. I have never attend this event but I hope to in the future. The event is sponsored by the Center Square Association, Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association and Historic Albany Foundation and will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 p.m.

Attendees are able to enter the homes and gardens of select homes for viewing on that night. Many of these gardens are "hidden" within the city; being located at private homes. This year's featured home is the 8,500 square foot Queen Anne style mansion known as the "The Castle." Located at 10 Thurlow Terrace above Washington Park.

Non-refundable tickets are available for $20 per person through June 15 and for $25 per person from June 16-21. 

Tickets can be purchased at 
Historic Albany Foundation
89 Lexington Avenue, Albany
or at Capital Wine 
348 State Street, Albany

The tour is rain or shine.