Lansingburgh Historical Society

Lansingburgh Historical Society The Lansingburgh Historical Society was formed in 1965 to preserve and interpret
the community's unique heritage. Membership in The Lansingburgh Historical Society is inexpensive and keeps you in touch with all the programs and events that the society has to offer.

You'll not want to miss the fascinating speakers who present programs on local history, people, and places. We welcome additional members (see membership page) and encourage participation and donations. Our dues year begins April 1 but you may join at any time. Dues received in January, February or March entitle you to membership as of April 1. Basic annual dues are just $5.00 per year Sustaining membership dues are $25.00 per year
Patron/Life membership is $100.00

You'll not want to miss the fascinating speakers who present programs on local history, people, and places. We welcome additional members (see membership page) and encourage participation and donations. Our dues year begins April 1 but you may join at any time. Dues received in January, February or March entitle you to membership as of April 1. Basic annual dues are just $5.00 per year Sustaining membership dues are $25.00 per year
Patron/Life membership is $100.00

Operating as usual

Thank you so much to our community for the wonderful, and very meaningful support! We are pleased to say we are sold out...
10/16/2021

Thank you so much to our community for the wonderful, and very meaningful support!

We are pleased to say we are sold out of tickets for our GALA 2021!

Thank you so much to our community for the wonderful, and very meaningful support!

We are pleased to say we are sold out of tickets for our GALA 2021!

CELEBRATINGLANSINGBURGH 1771 - 2021In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Lansingburgh, the Lansingburgh Historical ...
10/14/2021

CELEBRATING
LANSINGBURGH
1771 - 2021

In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Lansingburgh, the Lansingburgh Historical Society has a lmited number of glasses etched with "Lansingburgh 1771-2021"

Each glass holds 12 ounces and is 4 1/4 " tall.

The glasses will be available at our Gala on November 4th, 2021, $10 each.

(We have very few seats left for the Gala, if you want to attend but haven't reserved yet, please make your reservation by calling Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295)

EDITED TO ADD:

We are thrilled to hear from so many 'Burghers interested in purchasing the 250th anniversary glasses!

We will sell them first at our 250th Anniversary Gala on November 4th.

Any glasses remaining after the 4th, will be available in November at the Melville House on a date to be announced.

We regret we are not able to mail/ship these glasses.

As always your support of the Lansingburgh Historical Society is sincerely appreciated!

CELEBRATING
LANSINGBURGH
1771 - 2021

In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Lansingburgh, the Lansingburgh Historical Society has a lmited number of glasses etched with "Lansingburgh 1771-2021"

Each glass holds 12 ounces and is 4 1/4 " tall.

The glasses will be available at our Gala on November 4th, 2021, $10 each.

(We have very few seats left for the Gala, if you want to attend but haven't reserved yet, please make your reservation by calling Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295)

EDITED TO ADD:

We are thrilled to hear from so many 'Burghers interested in purchasing the 250th anniversary glasses!

We will sell them first at our 250th Anniversary Gala on November 4th.

Any glasses remaining after the 4th, will be available in November at the Melville House on a date to be announced.

We regret we are not able to mail/ship these glasses.

As always your support of the Lansingburgh Historical Society is sincerely appreciated!

09/24/2021

Put Sunday October 15 on your calendar.
Final open house at the Van Schaick Mansion this year.
Tours will be available from 1-4 p.m.

On Saturday, October 9,2021 the Melville House, located at 2 - 114th St, Troy, NY 12182; will be open for tours from 10 ...
09/23/2021

On Saturday, October 9,2021 the Melville House, located at 2 - 114th St, Troy, NY 12182; will be open for tours from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Lansingburgh Historical Society has a limited number of the three ornaments in our series (the Melville House, the Lansingburgh Academy and the Snowman). To start your holiday shopping stop by and purchase one, two or perhaps all three before the supply is gone. We plan to feature a well known, much loved building in the Burgh for our 2022 ornament. Stay tuned for that reveal

A $5.00 donation is always appreciated and the sale of these ornaments helps us to maintain Herman’s home for future visitors. See you on the 9th of October

Photos from Van Schaick Mansion's post
09/20/2021

Photos from Van Schaick Mansion's post

On September 11, 2021 the Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House for tours from 10:00 am to 2:00 p...
08/28/2021

On September 11, 2021 the Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House for tours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

We will also have a display of artifacts from the Boradaile which was the country residence, high on the hill overlooking Lansingburgh, of George W. Daws. The cost was over $100,000 back in 1887, which would be $2.7 million today!

Also present to answer questions will be Helen Mancuso. Mrs. Mancuso is the daughter of the owners of the Boradaile when it was a beautiful, elegant restaurant.

The Melville House is located at 2 - 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. A $5. donation will be appreciated.

We are so pleased with the wonderful turnout for our Open House today! Many thanks to Jude Hanley for his talk on Lansin...
08/15/2021

We are so pleased with the wonderful turnout for our Open House today!

Many thanks to Jude Hanley for his talk on Lansingburgh Pottery and the exceptional stoneware that was created here, and is still very much in demand by collectors.

Do you have any stoneware crocks around your home? We'd love to see them!

We have an amazing local history, which we're so happy to be able to preserve and share, and it is your support allows us to do this! Not a member yet? Why not join today?

We're excited and very pleased to welcome Jude Hanley, an avid collector of stoneware crocks, to our August open house!J...
07/28/2021

We're excited and very pleased to welcome Jude Hanley, an avid collector of stoneware crocks, to our August open house!

Jude will show us examples of a variety of stoneware crocks, and share the history of some exceptional versions which were made right here in Lansingburgh.

This will be an informative and fun event! We look forward to seeing you there!

We're excited and very pleased to welcome Jude Hanley, an avid collector of stoneware crocks, to our August open house!

Jude will show us examples of a variety of stoneware crocks, and share the history of some exceptional versions which were made right here in Lansingburgh.

This will be an informative and fun event! We look forward to seeing you there!

07/25/2021

Merry Christmas in July! Celebrate by purchasing a Snowman Ornament where all proceeds benefit The Lansingburgh Historical Society! We only have 83 ornaments left, so come get yours now. Or purchase multiple for the perfect Christmas presents!

Saturday, July 10, 2021, the 1786 Herman Melville House and gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for tours. ...
07/05/2021

Saturday, July 10, 2021, the 1786 Herman Melville House and gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for tours.

We're located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. A $5.00 donation from members and a $6.00 donation from not yet members is always welcome.

So come, tour the house, gardens and meet some of our Lansingburgh Historical Society's Trustees. While you are there check out our new Snowman Ornaments, you might want to purchase the first two ornaments in the series, the Melville House and the Lansingburgh Academy.

We look forward to greeting you then!

Saturday, July 10, 2021, the 1786 Herman Melville House and gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for tours. ...
07/03/2021

Saturday, July 10, 2021, the 1786 Herman Melville House and gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for tours. We're located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. A $5.00 donation from members and a $6.00 donation from not yet members is always welcome. So come, tour the house, gardens and meet some of our Lansingburgh Historical Society's Trustees. While you are there check out our new Snowman Ornaments, you might want to purchase the first two ornaments in the series, the Melville House and the Lansingburgh Academy. We look forward to greeting you then!

Saturday, July 10, 2021, the 1786 Herman Melville House and gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for tours. We're located at 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182. A $5.00 donation from members and a $6.00 donation from not yet members is always welcome. So come, tour the house, gardens and meet some of our Lansingburgh Historical Society's Trustees. While you are there check out our new Snowman Ornaments, you might want to purchase the first two ornaments in the series, the Melville House and the Lansingburgh Academy. We look forward to greeting you then!

NEWS!Last-minute cancellations have opened a few spots on this last tour of the summer. Call today to let us know you'll...
06/16/2021

NEWS!

Last-minute cancellations have opened a few spots on this last tour of the summer. Call today to let us know you'll be joining us!

The weather is going to be terrific!

Please share!

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The llast Lansingburgh Historical Walking tour for this summer will be held on Saturday, June 19,2021. This tour is lead by historian Michael Barrett and lasts about 2 hours. Your tour will begin at 11:00 am at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, N.Y.12182 .

Lansingburgh pre-dates Troy with settlement starting before 1740 and the founding of Abraham Lansing's village, "New City" in 1771. Several pre-revolutionary buildings are in this walk including the Revolutionary War Hospital. You will also see and hear about several industries and old homes, including President Chester Arthur's.

Make your reservation by June 12, 2021 by calling Mary Ellen or John Ward at 518-885-4295.

NEWS!

Last-minute cancellations have opened a few spots on this last tour of the summer. Call today to let us know you'll be joining us!

The weather is going to be terrific!

Please share!

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The llast Lansingburgh Historical Walking tour for this summer will be held on Saturday, June 19,2021. This tour is lead by historian Michael Barrett and lasts about 2 hours. Your tour will begin at 11:00 am at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, N.Y.12182 .

Lansingburgh pre-dates Troy with settlement starting before 1740 and the founding of Abraham Lansing's village, "New City" in 1771. Several pre-revolutionary buildings are in this walk including the Revolutionary War Hospital. You will also see and hear about several industries and old homes, including President Chester Arthur's.

Make your reservation by June 12, 2021 by calling Mary Ellen or John Ward at 518-885-4295.

Be sure and visit our Garden when you stop by today! We're open from 10 AM to 2 PM, Today, Saturday, June 12, 2021, and ...
06/12/2021

Be sure and visit our Garden when you stop by today!

We're open from 10 AM to 2 PM, Today, Saturday, June 12, 2021, and we'd love to share our gorgeous garden with you!

You'll find us at the 1786 Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182. One of the oldest homes in Lansingburgh, you will be amazed at the wide plank floors, our collection of historic crocks, and our current display of collars and shirts from Lansingburgh's Collar and Shirt Industry.

See you soon!

Be sure and visit our Garden when you stop by today!

We're open from 10 AM to 2 PM, Today, Saturday, June 12, 2021, and we'd love to share our gorgeous garden with you!

You'll find us at the 1786 Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182. One of the oldest homes in Lansingburgh, you will be amazed at the wide plank floors, our collection of historic crocks, and our current display of collars and shirts from Lansingburgh's Collar and Shirt Industry.

See you soon!

We're open today at the 1786 Herman Melville House at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182! Stop in and say hello to your Lans...
06/12/2021

We're open today at the 1786 Herman Melville House at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182!

Stop in and say hello to your Lansingburgh Historical Society Officers and Trustees, pick up our 2021 Holiday Ornament of the beloved, Snowman. The ornaments, ($20 ea.) are presented in a box perfect for gift giving!

While you're visiting be sure and spend time learning about the Collar and Shirt Manufacturing Industry in Lansingburgh!

Look for the Open Flag, we'll be welcoming you from 10 AM to 2 PM today, Saturday, June 12, 2021!

OPEN HOUSE!Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10 AM to 2 PM We look forward to seeing you! Come visit us at the 1786 Herman Melvil...
06/08/2021

OPEN HOUSE!

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10 AM to 2 PM

We look forward to seeing you! Come visit us at the 1786 Herman Melville House this Saturday!

Look for our "Open" flag flying from the porch at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182.

We think you'll enjoy our display on the Lansingburgh Collar industry, with examples of shirts and collars made right here in the 'Burgh!

Our Open House is also the perfect time to stop in and pick up an ornament from Trustee Sue Busta! Our ornament this year is The Snowman. Previous years are also available and include the Melville House, and the former Lansingburgh Academy on 114th Street. Each ornament is $20, has a brief narrative history of the image on the reverse. The lovely memories of Lansingburgh come presented in a box perfect for gift giving.

See you Saturday!
Lansingburgh Officers & Trustees

(We ask a $5 donation from members, and a $6 donation from not-yet-members at our Open Houses.)

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is pleased to share that our third annual holiday ornament features a much-loved Lan...
06/02/2021

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is pleased to share that our third annual holiday ornament features a much-loved Lansingburgh institution, The Snowman!

The ornaments, $20 each, feature a painting of the Snowman by Lansingburgh Artist John Connors, with a narrative of the history of the Snowman on the back. A red ribbon for hanging is included, and the ornament comes in a box perfect for gift giving.

We are so appreciative of Snowman owners, John & Christine Murphy (pictured below) whose generosity to the Lansingburgh Historical Society is unparalleled! John & Christine have ornaments available for purchase at the Snowman, and all proceeds benefit the Historical Society!

Our last Lansingburgh Historical Walking tour for this summer will be held on Saturday, June 19,2021.  This tour is lead...
05/21/2021

Our last Lansingburgh Historical Walking tour for this summer will be held on Saturday, June 19,2021. This tour is lead by historian Michael Barrett and lasts about 2 hours. Your tour will begin at 11:00 am at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, N.Y.12182 .

Lansingburgh pre-dates Troy with settlement starting before 1740 and the founding of Abraham Lansing's village, "New City" in 1771. Several pre-revolutionary buildings are in this walk including the Revolutionary War Hospital. You will also see and hear about several industries and old homes, including President Chester Arthur's.

Make your reservation by June 12, 2021 by calling Mary Ellen or John Ward at 518-885-4295. Mail your check for $15.00 to Lansingburgh Historical Society, P.O. Box 219, Troy, NY 12182

Looking for a fun day with fun people?  We need people on Saturday, May 22, 2021 to help us rake and spruce up the Old L...
05/13/2021

Looking for a fun day with fun people? We need people on Saturday, May 22, 2021 to help us rake and spruce up the Old Lansingburgh and Catholic Cemeteries located at 107th St. and Third Avenue, Troy, NY between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Can't spend the whole time? That's ok, give us whatever you can. Many hands make light work. This cemetery houses more than 65 veterans from the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Civil War!!! Please bring your gloves and rakes we'll supply the fun!

Looking for a fun day with fun people? We need people on Saturday, May 22, 2021 to help us rake and spruce up the Old Lansingburgh and Catholic Cemeteries located at 107th St. and Third Avenue, Troy, NY between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Can't spend the whole time? That's ok, give us whatever you can. Many hands make light work. This cemetery houses more than 65 veterans from the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, and the Civil War!!! Please bring your gloves and rakes we'll supply the fun!

HOW THE MELVILLE GARDEN GROWS! We are so pleased to show off the lovely grounds and garden of the historic 1786 Melville...
05/09/2021

HOW THE MELVILLE GARDEN GROWS!

We are so pleased to show off the lovely grounds and garden of the historic 1786 Melville House.

Credit and thanks for the photos goes to Lansingburgh Historical Society (LHS) Trustee, Heidi Norton Klinowski. Heidi took the photos yesterday during our monthly Open House, held the second Saturday during Summer and Fall.

If you haven't been to an Open House yet, please plan to stop by, and if you have been, come by again! There is always something new to see, and we enjoy your visits!

It's here! We're so excited to debut the third in our Holiday Ornament Series, it's the Lansingburgh treasure: THE SNOWM...
05/08/2021

It's here!

We're so excited to debut the third in our Holiday Ornament Series, it's the Lansingburgh treasure: THE SNOWMAN!

The artwork is a recreation of an original piece by Lansingburgh native, Artist John Connors. The narrative on the back of the ornament describes the history of the Snowman.

The Snowman Ornament is presented in a box for gifting. The proceeds from the sale of the ornaments benefits the work of the Lansingburgh Historical Society as we work to preserve, and promote our unique local history.

The ornaments are AVAILABLE at our OPEN HOUSE TODAY, SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021, at the Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please also feel free to leave a message here, or email us at [email protected]

The narrative on the back of the ornament:

The Snowman was created, built, and run by Tom Tully in 1953 at 531 5th Avenue, Troy, NY, until his retirement in 1971. At that time, Don Baker took over, keeping the same homemade ice cream and adding several more flavors to Tom's original 5. John Murphy became the owner in 1999, keeping the original recipes, and now has over 30 flavors! People all over the Capital District still eagerly anticipate and enjoy the Snowman's opening every spring. This picture is a rendering of an original painting by artist John Connors, from Lansingburgh now living in NYC.

If you would like to have your ornament mailed, please reach out to Sue at 518-235-3924, and she will be happy to make arrangements!

REMINDER and TEASE!  This Saturday, May 8, 2021; from 10 am to 2 pm stop at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12...
05/06/2021

REMINDER and TEASE! This Saturday, May 8, 2021; from 10 am to 2 pm stop at the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY 12182 for a tour. On exhibit will be artifacts and memorabilia from the United Shirt and Collar Co., of Lansingburgh, the maker of Lion Brand Shirts and Collars.

Be sure to step in the garden and see how beautifully it is progressing. As a result of our working in the garden last week there will be several pots of iris and a few hostas for sale.

COVID precautions will be in place and face masks are required. As always your $5 donation for members and $6 donation for not yet members will be appreciated.

Address

2 114th Street, PO Box 219
Troy, NY
12182

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General information

The Lansingburgh Historical Society was formed in 1965 to preserve and interpret the community's unique heritage. At that time, the elegant and historic Lansing House, which was built in 1749, was demolished. This great loss encourages local support to preserve remaining historic treasures, including the home of Herman Melville (Melville wrote his first two novels in the nine years he lived there); the Lansingburgh Academy, where President Chester Arthur taught and Herman Melville was a student; and the Oakwood Cemetery, burial place for "Uncle Sam" Wilson. The Village of Lansingburgh, until its annexation by Troy in 1901, was the oldest incorporated village in New York. Comprising about one-third of Troy at its north end, Lansingburgh still maintains a distinct historic identity, its own zip code, and its own school district. The headquarters of the Lansingburgh Historical Society is located in the Herman Melville house at 114th Street at 1st Avenue in Lansingburgh. The society initiates various cultural and educational events to highlight Lansingburgh's unique history (see events page). The headquarters is open to groups and individuals by appointment by calling (518) 986-2285 (Jenny-Corresponding Secretary) or (518) 235-3501 (Society-Leave message). We have no paid staff and receive no regular public funding.

Opening Hours

10am - 2pm

Telephone

(518) 235-3501

Products

"Lansingburgh's Kitchen Goodies" cookbooks for $.50, Lansingburgh 200th
anniversary books 1771-1971, Herman Melville postcards, Don Rittner's book
"Lansingburgh", etc.

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