15 September 2017

Upcoming Rensselaer County Genealogy/History Programs

The following programs were listed in today's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Oakwood's 16th Annual Evening at the Earl Benefit
Thursday, October 5th - 5:00 - 8:00 PM - $65 pp.
Do you walk your dog in Oakwood Cemetery? Do you use Oakwood's roads to jog or run for fitness? Do you ride your bicycle there or walk your baby in a stroller. Maybe you love photographing Oakwood's beautiful tomb stones or wildlife or you enjoy the variety of birds and plants found there. Or maybe you just love the serenity of the peaceful grounds and ponds.

How have you shown your appreciation? Did you know that Oakwood Cemetery is private property and public is allowed to do all these activities only because of Oakwood's generosity? You can express your support by purchasing tickets to our October 5th benefit. "Evening at the Earl" is a lively fundraiser with catered hors d'oeuvres, delicious wines and fun for all, held in the gorgeous rooms of the Gardner Earl Chapel. Get ready for an evening of food, drink, merriment. Sip another glass of wine while you and your friends join in hot competition, bidding on exciting Silent Auction baskets. Proceeds support the ongoing restoration of this historic cemetery and its National Historic Landmark Earl Chapel. Call 1-800-556-6273, leave your name, phone & how many people. Pay on arrival. Credit cards accepted.

Troy Irish Genealogy Society Free Genealogy Look-Up Session
The Troy Irish Genealogy Society is sponsoring a Free Genealogy Look up Session at the North Greenbush Public Library on Wednesday, September 20. Bring your questions about how to trace your family tree or what you are trying to find out about a specific ancestor. Let the Society's experienced members help you to discover more! Please make an appointment by calling the library at 518.283.0303. Thirty-minute appointments are available from 4:00 to 7:00. Don't miss this chance to have your family genealogy questions answered. The library is located at 141 Main Avenue in the North Greenbush Municipal Building.

Oktoberfest Brings Bavaria to Nassau
Nassau's Village Beautification Committee presents a traditional Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, September 24th, at the Village Commons Park on John Street, just off US Route 20. The event runs from 12 noon until 4 PM and features traditional German foods, beverages, and entertainment.

Inspired by European harvest festivals, the Oktoberfest menu will include a variety of tasty treats including an array of locally made German sausages, vegan bratwurst, imported German sauerkraut, potato salad,and made as you watch potato pancakes. All food is available for take-out.

What's an Oktoberfest without good beer? That question is  answered with a broad selection of both imported German beers and fresh and local ales from Nassau's own S & S Farm Brewery. Musical entertainment will feature Nassau's own Bavarian Barons, a traditional German brass band found in the the village over 50 years ago.

Admission is free and will take place under tents rain or shine. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs if they wish. For additional information, go to www.nassau12123.com or call 518.766.2291.

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07 September 2017

Historical Talk on Albany's German Community

The Historical Society of Esquatak is opening their 2017-2018 program series with a lecture on Albany's German community on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7 PM at the Schodack Town Hall.

Christopher White will present a lecture on Albany's once vibrant German-American community before and after Europe's Great War.

The Schodack Town Hall address is 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033. It is located across the street from Tractor Supply Company on Routes 9/20.

Esquatak has a presence on the Internet with
Esquatak's Facebook Page

Monthly meetings take place at venues located in Schodack and Nassau. Please refer to the Program Schedule for exact locations.

Esquatak's Mailing Address:
The Historical Society of Esquatak
P.O. Box 241
East Schodack, NY 12063 

06 September 2017

Fall Harvest & History Fair

An article from last week's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper reads:

Fall Harvest & History Fair Returns
The Town of Nassau Historic Preservation Committee will present the annual Fall Harvest and History fair on Saturday, September 23rd, from 11am to 4pm at the Chandler Young VFW Post located at the corner of US Route 20 and Lyons Lake Road in Nassau. Reflecting Nassau's past and present agricultural heritage, the theme of the event will be "Family Life on the Farm" and "Nassau's One Room School Houses."

The free event will provide many children's activities including a colonial-era "Dames School", hands-on butter making, historical games and pumpkin painting.

Presentations include "Family Life on the Farm", given by Rensselaer County Historian, Kathy Sheehan at 11:30am and "The One Room School House" given by committee member and Nassau native Alice Goebel at 1pm.

With assistance from the Nassau Committee on Farming and Agriculture, local farmers will be on hand offering their harvest goods for sale. Additionally, community groups and historic organizations will have displays. There will be free food, refreshments and entertainment for all. Please join us! For more information, e-mail Town Historian Melody Howarth at: melzbelles@aol.com.

05 September 2017

Greenbush Historical Society Programs

The Greenbush Historical Society will present two upcoming historical programs at the East Greenbush Community Library. One in September and the other in November. Details and information are below:

Greenbush Historical Society presents the Constitution- Then and Now
Sunday, 9/17, 2pm-4pm
Ken Kiser will discuss the origins of the Constitution and how it has changed through the years. Registration begins 8/21.

Greenbush Historical Society presents Sears Roebuck Homes
Sunday, 11/12, 2pm-4pm
Mary Ellen Sullivan will discuss a time when home could be ordered from a catalog. Many of these homes still exist in the area- find out if you live in one. Registration begins 10/9.

Both of these programs require attendees to register.

For further information please contact:
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518.477-7476
Web: www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org

04 September 2017

Raising a Fallen Obelisk

This weekend my father and I finished raising a small obelisk that sunk, became un-level, and then toppled over in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. This project was filmed and then edited into a 5 minute video. The creation of the video was a three part process. A clip from a November 2015 begins the film. Next we begin the restoration project but then realize that we cannot safely finish because the legs on lifting tripod are too short. About 4 weeks later we completed the project when I brought my longer tripod legs.