28 July 2017

Rensselaer County Historical Programs

The following two articles come to me from today's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper. These events take place this weekend. Time is short.

Loyalist Presentation in Hoosick Falls
Historian Todd Braisted will deliver a presentation entitled "The Royalist Corps in the 1777 Burgoyne Campaign" at the Louis Miller Museum located at 166 Main St., Hoosick Falls, NY on July 29 at 2:00 PM

Braisted has appeared as a Guest Historian on the PBS Series "History Detectives." He is the author of Grand Forage 1778 as well as co-author of eight other books on the American Revolution. He has written over thirty published journal articles and lectured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. In 2015, Braisted was selected to become the official project historian for the town of Fort Lee's American Battlefield Protection Program grant.

The drive to Albany by General John Burgoyne in 1777 included not only British and German troops, but over 1,200 Americans, raised principally during the campaign. Some four battalions and several independent companies, collectively known as "Royalists," would continue in service, to one degree or another, through 1781. Their service during and after the campaign brought both honor and disappointment to those who commanded and served in the corps. To the British commanders in Quebec, they would mostly be the cause of headaches. Join us as we cover the careers of such people as Francis Pfister, John Peters, Ebenezer Jessup and Daniel McAlpin in their fight to maintain British rule in America!

Nassau History Story Day
Ever wonder what it was like growing up in Nassau years ago? Is there something you always wanted to know about Nassau? Or if you just want to hear a good story or two, join a panel Nassau's "mature" residents as they talk, reminisce and gossip at a Nassau History Story Day on Sunday, July 30th, at the Village Commons Park on John Street. Taking place between 2 and 4 pm in an informal setting under the tents; all are invited to take part in this free event. For more information see www.Nassau12123.com or call 766-2291. Rain or hot weather location will be Nassau Village Hall, Malden Street.