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
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The headquarters of the Lansingburgh Historical Society is located in the Herman Melville house at 114th Street at 1st Avenue in Lansingburgh. The headquarters is open to groups and individuals by appointment by calling (518) 235-3501. We have no paid staff and receive no regular public funding. We welcome additional members and encourage participation and donations.

Mission: The society initiates various cultural and educational events to highlight Lansingburgh's unique history

119 Years Ago Today THE VILLAGE OF LANSINGBURGH IS ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF TROY The Village of Lansingburgh became part o...
01/01/2020

119 Years Ago Today

THE VILLAGE OF LANSINGBURGH IS ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF TROY

The Village of Lansingburgh became part of the City of Troy by a bill that had been signed by New York State Governor Theodore Roosevelt on April 25, 1900 that took effect January 1, 1901.
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The below is taken from the Troy Times. December 31, 1900: 2 col 2.

Provisions of the Greater Troy Act Will Become Operative To-morrow—The New Officers and Those Who Will Retire From Official Life.

With the beginning of the new century to-morrow Troy will begin an important page in its history. The remaining provisions of the Greater Troy act passed by the last Legislature will become operative the first day of 1901, bringing the village of Lansingburgh on the north and small portions of the towns of Brunswick and North Greenbush on the east and south within its territorial limits. The population of the new city is more than 75,000, and the number of wards is increased from thirteen to seventeen.

Provisions of the Law.

The laws of the old city apply to the new except in the case of the Lansingburgh schools, for which special provision is made. The village police department becomes the Fourth Precinct of Troy, and the village fire department comes under the control of the city Department of Public Safety. Funds remaining in the treasury of Lansingburgh will be turned over to the city at once, and Troy will assume the debts of the village, which goes out of existence to-morrow.

The town of Lansingburgh will also disappear, that part not annexed to Troy becoming a part of the town of Schaghticoke. The new wards have already chosen representatives in the city and county legislative bodies, the provisions of the annexation act relating to elections having taken effect when it became a law.

Chief Kirkpatrick of Lansingburgh will become Captain of the new Fourth Precinct station, and the officers will be given Troy badges by Superintendent Coughlin at midnight.

Woodside Presbyterian Church
12/18/2019
Woodside Presbyterian Church

Woodside Presbyterian Church

A man used his Civil War-era fortune to build this sanctuary in memory of his wife.

Lansingburgh Historical Society
12/15/2019

Lansingburgh Historical Society

What gift do you give the person who has everything? A piece of history of course!

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is proud to have secured an original fireplace tile from the home of Lansingburgh Founder, Abraham Jacob Lansing. Lansing’s home, on Second Avenue the site of the current Auto Zone Store, was built about 1750.

The Lansingburgh Historical Society has had this fireplace tile copied, and the limited replica tiles, presented elegantly with a perfectly sized gift box, are available for purchase at $15.

If you would like to own this memory of ‘Burgh history, please call Mary Ellen Ward at: 518-885-4295 or Sue Busta at 518-235-3924.

What gift do you give the person who has everything? A piece of history of course!                                      ...
12/05/2019

What gift do you give the person who has everything? A piece of history of course!

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is proud to have secured an original fireplace tile from the home of Lansingburgh Founder, Abraham Jacob Lansing. Lansing’s home, on Second Avenue the site of the current Auto Zone Store, was built about 1750.

The Lansingburgh Historical Society has had this fireplace tile copied, and the limited replica tiles, presented elegantly with a perfectly sized gift box, are available for purchase at $15.

If you would like to own this memory of ‘Burgh history, please call Mary Ellen Ward at: 518-885-4295 or Sue Busta at 518-235-3924.

Celebrate this holiday season with a Lansingburgh Memory! Whether you’re trimming a tree, stuffing a stocking, or wrappi...
12/05/2019

Celebrate this holiday season with a Lansingburgh Memory! Whether you’re trimming a tree, stuffing a stocking, or wrapping a Chanukah gift, you’ll be happy to share this delicate and finely detailed memory of Lansingburgh. One for yourself? One for family out of town? One for a son, daughter, or grandchild to cherish in years to come? Don’t wait, we have limited supplies. Oh and did I mention they come in a gift box?You can secure yours by reaching out to Sue Busta at: 518-235-3924, or Mary Ellen Ward at: 518-885-4295.

Thank you to all of you who supported and enjoyed our final gathering of 2019! We enjoyed so much humor and so much educ...
11/22/2019

Thank you to all of you who supported and enjoyed our final gathering of 2019!

We enjoyed so much humor and so much education last night, as Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustee, and local Historian, Michael Barrett presented, "The Rent Wars," to a full house at the Van Schaick Country Club in Cohoes.

These events keep our local history alive, bring our community together, and provide financial support for the preservation of the 1786 Herman Melville House Museum, and its artifacts.

If you attended last night's event, or any of our open houses this year, if you helped with our cemetery clean-ups, or with gardening at the Herman Melville House, renewed your membership, or sent a donation, please know how much your support and generosity is appreciated.

Thank you!
The Officers & Trustees of the
Lansingburgh Historical Society

Come Enjoy Our Holiday Party!  Basket Raffles, Holiday Dinnerware Raffle, AND a Fun and Interesting Lecture on Local His...
11/19/2019

Come Enjoy Our Holiday Party!

Basket Raffles, Holiday Dinnerware Raffle, AND a Fun and Interesting Lecture on Local History! Why not come early and enjoy your dinner at the Van Schaick?!

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Local Historian, Michael Barrett, will speak on the Upstate New York Rent Wars at 7 PM.

You are warmly invited to come early to enjoy your dinner at the Van Schaick.

Tickets at the door for the lecture at $15 Per Person, no reservations required.

Reservations are required for dinner on your own prior to the lecture, doors open at 5:00 PM, please call the Van Schaick at 518-237-0145 to reserve.

Any questions? Call Lansingburgh Historical Society President John Ward at: 518-885-4295

Just a reminder! Don’t miss this event!  Great talk, great dinner if you want from the menu on your own and the talk $15...
11/17/2019

Just a reminder! Don’t miss this event! Great talk, great dinner if you want from the menu on your own and the talk $15 at the door and of course the raffle baskets including those beautiful dishes

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE TENANTS' REVOLT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK?

"The Anti-Rent War (also known as the Helderberg War) was a tenants' revolt in upstate New York in the period 1839–1845. The Anti-Renters declared their independence from the manor system run by patroons, resisting tax collectors and successfully demanding land reform." Wikipedia

COME LEARN MORE About this fascinating piece of history!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 7 PM at the Van Schaick Country Club, 201 Continental Avenue, Cohoes, NY, Michael Barrett, Local Historian, will present a lively and interesting talk on the Rent Wars!

COME EARLY and have dinner from the delicious new fall menu at the Van Schaick, call 518-237-0145 to make reservations for your dinner from 5:30 PM on -

Lecture Tickets $15/Per Person at the Door -
Dinner, if you choose, on your own off the menu

Any questions? Call John Ward at: 518-885-4295

Look forward to Basket Raffles, and to the Raffle of a Lovely Holiday Dinnerware Set for Eight!

Watervliet Historical Society
11/16/2019

Watervliet Historical Society

The Erie was completed in 1825. The canal was closed from Albany to Waterford in 1923 including the section through Watervliet. On January 8,1924, Watervliet paid $39,874.93 for land and rights to such, previously owned and used by the State of New York for the Erie Canal in the city of Watervliet.

11/15/2019

Our Lecture on the Anti-Rent Wars with Local Historian Michael Barrett, takes place next Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 PM, at the Van Schaick Country Club. Tickets are $15 at the door, no reservations required. See our page here for more details, in the meantime, let's have a quiz! Do you know the answer to the below?

THE ANTI-RENT WARS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK, WHICH BEGAN IN 1839, WERE ALSO KNOWN AS:

So much fun at the 1786 Herman Melville House yesterday as the Lansingburgh Historical Society Officers & Trustees creat...
11/14/2019

So much fun at the 1786 Herman Melville House yesterday as the Lansingburgh Historical Society Officers & Trustees created fun-filled baskets for their Holiday Party/Lecture at the Van Schaick County Club this coming Thursday!

There's something for everyone, grown-ups and kids, in these festive baskets! (And don't forget that brand new stunning set of holiday dinnerware for eight!)

We hope you'll come to share in some holiday joy with us!
this Thursday, November 21, 2019, when Local Historian, Michael Barrett, will speak on the Upstate New York Rent Wars at 7 PM.

Come enjoy your dinner at the Van Schaick! Reservations are required for dinner on your own prior to the lecture, doors open at 5:00 PM, please call the Van Schaick at 518-237-0145 to reserve.

Tickets at the door for the lecture are $15 Per Person, no reservations required.

Any questions? Call Lansingburgh Historical Society President John Ward at: 518-885-4295

This brand new set of holiday dinnerware for eight (a $218 value!) will be raffled off at our last event of 2019, Our Ho...
11/13/2019

This brand new set of holiday dinnerware for eight (a $218 value!) will be raffled off at our last event of 2019, Our Holiday Event and Lecture at the Van Schaick Country Club, on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Local Historian, Michael Barrett, will speak on the Upstate New York Rent Wars at 7 PM.

You are warmly invited to come early to enjoy your dinner at the Van Schaick.

Tickets at the door for the lecture at $15 Per Person, no reservations required.

Reservations are required for dinner on your own prior to the lecture, doors open at 5:00 PM, please call the Van Schaick at 518-237-0145 to reserve.

Any questions? Call Lansingburgh Historical Society President John Ward at: 518-885-4295

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE TENANTS' REVOLT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK? "The Anti-Rent War (also known as the Helderberg War) wa...
11/13/2019

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE TENANTS' REVOLT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK?

"The Anti-Rent War (also known as the Helderberg War) was a tenants' revolt in upstate New York in the period 1839–1845. The Anti-Renters declared their independence from the manor system run by patroons, resisting tax collectors and successfully demanding land reform." Wikipedia

COME LEARN MORE About this fascinating piece of history!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 7 PM at the Van Schaick Country Club, 201 Continental Avenue, Cohoes, NY, Michael Barrett, Local Historian, will present a lively and interesting talk on the Rent Wars!

COME EARLY and have dinner from the delicious new fall menu at the Van Schaick, call 518-237-0145 to make reservations for your dinner from 5:30 PM on -

Lecture Tickets $15/Per Person at the Door -
Dinner, if you choose, on your own off the menu

Any questions? Call John Ward at: 518-885-4295

Look forward to Basket Raffles, and to the Raffle of a Lovely Holiday Dinnerware Set for Eight!

These gorgeous dishes, enough to serve 8, will be raffled off at Lansingburgh Historical Society’s Holiday party on Nove...
11/09/2019

These gorgeous dishes, enough to serve 8, will be raffled off at Lansingburgh Historical Society’s Holiday party on November 21st at the Vanschaick Country Club, Max 410 after Michael Barrett’s talk on Anti Rent Wars. There will be at least 3 baskets of goodies raffled off as well. You don’t want to miss this

11/09/2019

More beautiful music at the Melville House Open House today with HANNAH & ZACK RYAN -

11/09/2019

What a wonderful afternoon of parlor music we're enjoying at the Melville House this afternoon from Noon to 2 PM, with Hannah & Zack Ryan.

Do come by and say hello and have a listen! We're saving you a seat!

Come Visit Us Today! Saturday, November 9, 2019The 1786 Herman Melville House will be open today from 10 AM to 2 PM, and...
11/09/2019
The Lansingburgh Historical Society – At the Herman Melville House

Come Visit Us Today!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 1786 Herman Melville House will be open today from 10 AM to 2 PM, and we'd love to see you!

This is our last Open House of 2019, and we are joyfully celebrating a wonderful year of artists with musicians HANNAH & ZACK RYAN from Noon to 2 PM!

It's a beautiful sunny day and the perfect time to visit one of Lansingburgh's oldest homes and treasures!

The 1786 Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182

We'll look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, August 3, 2019 – Herman Melville Bicentennial Celebration – Open House 9AM to 1 PM at # 2 114th Street, followed at 2PM Stephen Collins portraying Herman Melville in the one-man play “Sailing Towards My Father.” It will be presented in the Gardner Earl Chapel in Oakwood Cemetery .....

We're so excited to invite you to our grand finale open house of 2019. What a year it's been! In honor of Herman Melvill...
11/04/2019

We're so excited to invite you to our grand finale open house of 2019. What a year it's been! In honor of Herman Melville's 200th Birthday, we've invited local artists to each open house much to the delight and enjoyment of the community!

Do please come to our Open House next Saturday, November 9, 2019, as we end our 2019 Open House of Artists Series with local musicians Hannah & Zach Ryan playing from Noon to 2 PM!

Doors open at 10 AM, and the Historic Melville House at:
2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182 will be open for you to tour and enjoy!

(Your $5 donation is appreciated as it helps us to continue maintaining the history of Lansingburgh for the youth and community of today, and tomorrow!)

Troy’s draft riot of 1863
11/03/2019
Troy’s draft riot of 1863

Troy’s draft riot of 1863

While the city of Troy was a bustling industrial center during the civil war period, the lives of her workers reflected the same social, financial and emotional upheaval that had torn the nation apart.  Local economic and political disparity had led to the early and successful organization of labor...

10/30/2019

58 YEARS AGO TODAY IN LANSINGBURGH, NEW YORK

Lansingburgh Boys Club Has Party

(Were you, or any of your family members in attendance?)

Organized confusion that extended from the cellar of the Lansingburgh Boys Club basement in the outdoor basketball court heralded the Halloween season last night for 235 members of the club at the organization’s 15th annual Halloween party.

Weird experiences offered by the “chamber of horrors” catered to the adventurous spirit of the fun-makers who ranged in age from 7 to 13. Some were a bit reluctant to enter the basement chamber—equipped with snarling faces of monsters outlined in luminescent paint on rubber basketballs, cardboard skeletons and manufactured cob webs.

But nearly all of them wanted to pass through the chamber a second time, particularly after they had weathered the sight of a human being “hanged” at the basketball court on their way out of the chamber. Victim of the “hanging” was Anthony Patalino, club leader.

A panorama of Halloween horrors was offered in the grand march in which the frolicking youngsters – paraded their Halloween costumes before the judges in the contest that offered prizes for the outstanding “getups.”
EDWARD CAVANAUGH claimed the most original costume prize while the “best girl” costume was worn by DONALD MORGAN. DAVID WUBBENHORST sported the “best hobo” costume while DONALD GALARNEAU appeared as the “most grotesque” figure in the grand march. The award for the funniest costume went to CHARLES BLEIBTREY and the door award went to GEORGE STULZE.
Rev. JOHN WUBBENHORST, pastor of Millis Memorial Baptist Church, WILLIAM HAYNER, WILLIAM GALBRAITH, and CLEMENT KETTERSON served as judges. Refreshments were served by MRES. ALFRED CUNNINGHAM, MRES. KETTERSON, MISS PATRICIA BENARDO, and MISS SALLY SEARLE.

Director THOMAS RAFFERTY made arrangements for the party. He was assisted by ALFRED CUNNINGHAM and members of the leaders corps.

Healthiest appetites were apparent in the actions of DONLIN SHEPPHERD, who won the pie-eating contest, and DAVID HART, champion apple eater.

The program was rounded out with a series of games that included “spin the bottle”, a clothespin relay race, balloon busting contest and a cracker breaking contest. All boys attending the party shared the cider, doughnuts, cookies, candy and apples. Refreshments and prizes were donated by merchants and friends of the club.

Times Record. October 30, 1954: 5 col 1.

10/22/2019
Lansingburgh Historical Society

214 YEARS AGO IN LANSINGBURGH, NEW YORK

The Northern Budget, Lansingburgh, New York
October 22, 1805

Page 3, Column 4

Wanted Immediately,
As APPRENTICE to the PRINTING BUSINESS, A robust, active Lad, 14, 15, or 16 years of age, of reputable parentage, industrious habits, and a tolerable English Education, will have suitable instruction and kind treatment. Apply to
MOFFITT & LYON
Budget Office, Troy, October 22, 1805

The Lansingburgh Historical Society was formed in 1965 to preserve and interpret
the community's unique heritage.

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.

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Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(518) 235-3501

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