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

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

Hudson River Lightkeeper
07/01/2019

Hudson River Lightkeeper

06/25/2019
Rensselaer County Tourism

Thank you

Lansingburgh Historical Society Herman Melville's Open House for July

Lansingburgh Historical Society will open the Melville House, 2 114th St., Troy, NY, on July 13, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm. Our guest "Artist of the Month" will be Kathleen DeRosa. Kathleen is a graduate of Russell Sage College and has traveled extensively even living in a kibbutz! Kay is also the beloved photographer,posting old and new photos to the "We Were Burgher's Once and Young" Face Book Page. Her book "Lansingburgh Through My Lens" is a compilation of her photos lovingly taken throughout Lansingburgh. She will give a brief talk, have books available for purchase and autographing that day. For further information, please call John or Mary Ellen Ward at 518-885-4295. A $5 donation is always appreciated.

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Lansingburgh Historical Society

Choose Cohoes for Art
06/25/2019

Choose Cohoes for Art

06/24/2019
FEATURED ARTIST JULY 13, 2019 - 10 AM to 2 PMKATHLEEN (KAY) DE ROSAThe Herman Melville House 2 114th StreetTroy, NY 1218...
06/23/2019

FEATURED ARTIST
JULY 13, 2019 - 10 AM to 2 PM
KATHLEEN (KAY) DE ROSA

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

We are so pleased to share that at our next Melville Open House on Saturday July 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM, we'll be welcoming long time Lansingburgh resident, Photographer Kathleen (Kay) DeRosa.

A former Trustee of the Lansingburgh Historical Society, Kay's love and devotion for our community is unparalleled. Over the last few years, Kay has worked diligently, with an artist's eye, to capture the scenes of our neighborhoods, business, fauna, and flora.

Kay has published, and co-published several narrative books, and photograph books. We hope you will take this opportunity on Saturday July 13, to come say hello to Kay, and view her many unique and compelling photographs of Lansingburgh. ‘‘This is also a good time to make your reservation for the August 3rd Herman Melville Bicentennial play portraying Herman’s life. Tickets are $15 each

And the four planters are done too!  Cannas, zinnias and marigolds.
06/18/2019

And the four planters are done too! Cannas, zinnias and marigolds.

Awesome work Toni Dickinson, Anthony Abbott, and Tommy Dickinson!Thank you!
06/18/2019

Awesome work Toni Dickinson, Anthony Abbott, and Tommy Dickinson!

Thank you!

06/17/2019

Got rocks?!

Say hello to Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustee, Toni Dickinson!

Toni is here this afternoon with an update on the landscaping on the front lawn of the Melville House at 2 114th Street, Troy, NY 12182.

06/16/2019

News from The Northern Budget, Troy, Tuesday, June 16, 1798
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Wanted Immediately, An Apprentice in the Hatting Business. An active Lad, about the age of 14 or 15 years, who has been used to business of some kind, and sufficiently educated, exclusive of arithmetic, may have a good chance, by applying to the Printers hereof. May 22, 1798
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Whereas my wife Dina, without the least provocation, hath eloped from my bed and board, to my great grief and damage, and the breaking up of keeping house, this is therefore to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will not pay any debts of her contracting after the date hereof.

Thomas Petteys, Thursday, June 11, 1798

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PAINTS AND OIL.
Just received, and for sale by CALVIN BARKER, Painter and Glasier, at this shop, opposite Mrs. Galpin's Inn, in Lansingburgh, A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF PAINTS.

-viz-

WHITE Lead, dry and ground in oil, by the large or small quantity; Red Lead, do. do. [?] Spanish Brown, [?], Spruce, Patent and Pink, Yellow, Rose Pink Prussian Blue, Verdigris; Find Paints of all colours, either dry or mixed for laying; Robin, Flue, Putty; or per barrel or gallon; Spirits of Turpentine, Paint Brushes, and Tools, Pieces of all Sizes, Likewise, a assortment of WINDOW GLASS, which he will cut to any dimensions. June 6, 1798.

From the pages of the Lansingburgh Courier, June 15, 1893We might presume that the type of advertisements below were a f...
06/15/2019

From the pages of the Lansingburgh Courier, June 15, 1893

We might presume that the type of advertisements below were a factor in the founding of the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1906.

Spindle City Historic Society
06/13/2019

Spindle City Historic Society

TBT: Twilight trolley tours to the Cohoes Falls were offered at the turn of the 20th century. In the summer, residents of Troy, Albany, Watervliet and Schenectady boarded open trolleys and rode to a terminal at the head of Remsen Street, where, with a transfer, they could board a Cohoes ""belt-line"" open trolley for a view of the Falls. Prices ranged from 5¢ from Troy and Watervliet to 10¢ from Albany and about 20¢ each way from Schenectady. There was an ice cream parlor near the Remsen Street terminal that served sundaes, sodas and snacks. The combination of WWI and the growing popularity of automobile travel brought and end to these tours.

[Photo courtesy of All Over Albany]

Some humor, and an insight into city housing development. Note how the narrative includes a an explanation/description o...
06/12/2019

Some humor, and an insight into city housing development. Note how the narrative includes a an explanation/description of apartment buildings.

This piece of comedy is taken from the Lansingburgh Courier of June 15, 1893.

From the Lansingburgh Courier, June 10, 1881, Page 5, Col 4. Check out these Local Briefs, the Election of the Officers ...
06/10/2019

From the Lansingburgh Courier, June 10, 1881, Page 5, Col 4.

Check out these Local Briefs, the Election of the Officers of the Veteran Association, an Obituary, Personals, Criminal Notes, and the Regent's Exam Notices. Then we'd love to see your answers to our questions!
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1. Is your family from Lansingburgh? Do you recognize any family names in these articles?

2. Which Wars would the members of this Veteran's Association have fought in?

3. Did you study Latin or Greek in school? Either preliminary or advanced?

4. Do you know how much liquid is in a Hogshead (Hog's Head)? (And 4b, did you have to Google the answer?!)

Herman’s House today. Thank you to all that came to the House Tour and special thanks to our Artist, John Emmett Conno...
06/08/2019

Herman’s House today. Thank you to all that came to the House Tour and special thanks to our Artist, John Emmett Connors for a terrific talk and Mary Ellen Kelleher for the delicious treats, especially the chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cupcakes. If you missed it you missed a good day maybe next month when we will have the beloved Kay Kathleen DeRosa.

She will have her new photography book of beautiful shots of the Burgh July 13

06/08/2019

Just a sample of what you'll see tomorrow, Saturday, June 8th, 2019, at our open house from 10 until 2 p.m., at the Herman Melville House, 2 114th Street, Troy New York 12182.

Our guest artist will be watercolorist, John Connors, a native of Lansingburgh. come visit our home and gardens, and stay to listen to John talk at noon. You will find his life's story fascinating!

More work done today. Thank you Toni Dickinson. So come to the Open House tomorrow and enjoy the beautiful garden and of...
06/07/2019

More work done today. Thank you Toni Dickinson. So come to the Open House tomorrow and enjoy the beautiful garden and of course meet our guest artist John Emmett Connors!

OPEN HOUSE And You're Invited! SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2019The doors will be open at the Herman Melville House at 2 114th Stree...
06/07/2019

OPEN HOUSE
And You're Invited!

SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2019

The doors will be open at the Herman Melville House at
2 114th Street Street, Troy, NY 12182

From 10 AM to 2 PM tomorrow, Saturday, June 8, 2019

Come explore the Herman Melville House and enjoy the work of a son of Lansingburgh, John Emmett Connors.

John is our featured artist this month, and will be with us from 10 AM to 2 PM, sharing his work, and at Noon, giving a talk on his work and his life.

We'll look forward to seeing you!

(We do ask for a $5 donation for our Open Houses, your support enables us to continue the work of preserving and promoting the rich History of Lansingburgh.)

Some gardeners were very busy today at the Lansingburgh Historical Society at the Herman Melville House at 2 114th Stree...
06/06/2019

Some gardeners were very busy today at the Lansingburgh Historical Society at the Herman Melville House at 2 114th Street, in Troy today!

The back garden is looking wonderful this year! Do stop by and visit it this Saturday, June 8, 2019, during our Open House from 10 AM to 2 PM, and meet our featured artist, John Connors, a native son of Lansingburgh!

John will give a talk at Noon this Saturday on how he began an artist, and how his youth in Lansingburgh impacted his life's journey.

Bring your friends and family and stop by, we'll look forward to seeing you!

The Trustees of the Lansingburgh Historical Society

Many of you are familiar with the work of artist, John Emmett Connors, "The Artist from Troy."  This is your chance to m...
06/04/2019

Many of you are familiar with the work of artist, John Emmett Connors, "The Artist from Troy." This is your chance to meet him!

John grew up in Lansingburgh, joined the navy, and made his way in the world, all the while developing his art. A prolific street artist, John and his easel are a familiar sight in Lansingburgh, Troy, and New York City.

Now making his home in New York City, we are pleased to welcome John home this weekend where he will be the Featured Artist at our June 8th, Open House at the Herman Melville House at 2 114th Street, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

At Noon, John will give a talk about his life and his art - If you have not heard John speak, we can assure you, you have missed something wonderful. He is an engaging speaker with astonishing stories of world travel associated with his art.

We're looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, and sharing a treasure of Lansingburgh, our own John Connors!

Three of our truly hard working, dedicated members helping to clean up the Old Burying Ground Catholic Cemetery on 107th...
06/02/2019

Three of our truly hard working, dedicated members helping to clean up the Old Burying Ground Catholic Cemetery on 107th St. Thank you Toni Dickinson, Leslie Tash, Donna Guzy, Patricia Dorow, John Ward, Mary Ellen Ward

Just some of the beautiful Melville House garden. Thanx to the very hard work,time and expert gardening of our garden le...
05/30/2019

Just some of the beautiful Melville House garden. Thanx to the very hard work,time and expert gardening of our garden leaders Trustee Toni Toni Dickinson, Leslie Tash (former secretary and treasurer) and Trustee Patricia Dorow Come to our June 8 Open House, enjoy the garden, meet our artist of the month John John Emmett Connors, hear his talk at noon and possibly purchase some of his works. See you there!

05/27/2019

Annual cemeteries clean up Saturday June 1st at 9:30. After 2 previous rainouts lets hope for dry weather. Come for an hour or any amount of time you can offer. Volunteers are needed. 107th st and 3rd ave. 65 veterans are buried here from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Help us honor them.

We proudly have John Emmett Connors at our next Meet the Artist and Open House Tour at the Melville House June 8 from 10...
05/25/2019

We proudly have John Emmett Connors at our next Meet the Artist and Open House Tour at the Melville House June 8 from 10 am to 2 pm. Come meet the artist, listen to his talk at noon and buy artwork from an accomplished artist and son of Lansingburgh. See you there!

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is pleased to share that native son John Emmett Connors has been inducted into the N...
05/23/2019

The Lansingburgh Historical Society is pleased to share that native son John Emmett Connors has been inducted into the New York Senate's, Veterans' Hall of Fame.

A renowned artist, John is our Featured Artist at the June 8, 2019, Melville House, Open House. The doors of the Melville House will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM, and John will be present to share with you his work, and the stories of his art. He will also have some work available for purchase.

At Noon, John will present a lecture on how his life, including his childhood years in Lansingburgh, have shaped and formed his art.

We do hope to see you at this wonderful opportunity to share in John's success and acclaim as a son of the 'Burgh!

05/21/2019

To all members of Lansingburgh Historical Society. Tomorrow is our annual election of trustees. If you would like to become a board member or know someone who is interested please let us know by emailng me at

20 Beautiful Herman Melville Quotes on Human Existence
05/17/2019
20 Beautiful Herman Melville Quotes on Human Existence

20 Beautiful Herman Melville Quotes on Human Existence

Herman Melville was one of the greatest American writers and poets of the Renaissance period. Best-known for his sea-adventure novels, Melville is the author of "Moby-Dick". Here are 20 beautiful Herman Melville quotes on human existence.

Some shots from our May 11 Open house and guest artist, author Dennis Mahoney.  Thank you to all that visited us and met...
05/14/2019

Some shots from our May 11 Open house and guest artist, author Dennis Mahoney. Thank you to all that visited us and met Dennis and a huge thank you to Dennis himself for spending time talking about his books and his adventures while growing up in the Burgh. If you missed this open house and guest artist you have another chance to tour the Melville House and meet June's artist John Emmett Connors on June 8 from 10 am to 2 pm See you then!

Herman Melville's Last Story
05/13/2019
Herman Melville's Last Story

Herman Melville's Last Story

Some would argue that Moby Dick, written at the height of his popularity, is Herman Melville’s best work. But his novella Billy Budd, written in obscurity and published twenty years after his death, just might surpass his early masterpieces for its concise portrayal of humanity.

We'll be looking for you this Saturday, May 11, 2019, when between 10 AM and 2 PM, we will be welcoming a native son of ...
05/07/2019

We'll be looking for you this Saturday, May 11, 2019, when between 10 AM and 2 PM, we will be welcoming a native son of Lansingburgh, Dennis Mahoney, to our Meet the Artist Series!

Dennis is a graduate of St. Augustine's, Catholic Central High School, and the College of St. Rose. He's the author of "Fellow Mortals," his first novel which met great acclaim, and his second, "Bell Weather," another fantastic piece of writing.

Make a point to stop by, say hello to Dennis, buy a book from our native son, and have it autographed. You'll have a local connection addition to your bookcase, or maybe a unique gift to a fellow 'Burgher!

And of course, the Melville House, and its interesting artifacts will be open for your viewing!

Troy City Council funds 24 neighborhood projects
05/06/2019
Troy City Council funds 24 neighborhood projects

Troy City Council funds 24 neighborhood projects

TROY -- The City Council has selected 24 neighborhood projects to receive grants of up to $1,000 each as part of its Neighborhood Improvement Prorram.

05/03/2019

We are cancelling tomorrows (May 4th) cemetery cleanup till things dry out. future day will be announced via Facebook and website.

Rain Date May 4th!
04/26/2019

Rain Date May 4th!

Many hands make light work! Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustees will be doing their annual cemetery cleanup on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 3:30pm at the old Lansingburgh Village Cemetery and the old Catholic Cemetery across the street. The cemetery is located on 107th Street and Third Ave., Troy, NY. If you have an hour to give to lend a hand it would be greatly appreciated. Bring your rakes and gloves and dig in. A lot of work but we sure do have fun. Hope to see many of you there!

NEB&W
04/23/2019

NEB&W

Jacob Henry started making fire bricks in Albany in 1825. After his death, the plant was moved to south Troy and in 1882, Harvey McLeod purchased the company and began expanding it. (McLeod was also involved in Bussey & McLeod in making stoves on the east side of Oakwood just off 10th St. and offered products under the brandnames of "Gold Coin" and "Gold Metal" although it might actually be a different McLeod, Charles.)

Fire bricks were made to withstand high heat and were needed in cast-iron stoves which were intended to burn coal. M&H was the largest maker of fire bricks (in the world, I think).

The engraving is c. 1880's and is looking east. If we include this on the new layout, we should be modeling the other side but we might have to cheat and model it as if this was the east side.

I think M&H used local clay, perhaps with some additional ingredients, and probably shipped in coal for the kilns, although there appears to have been spur for this.

The Valuation map is c. 1917 with west at the top of the page. The Sanborn map is c. 1885, with east at the top, which might be confusing. The last image is part of a bird's eye engraving c. 1881 and I've tried to depict the fire brick company in red.

(The top of the kilns look like those old glass pint-size milk bottles.) - JN

Spindle City Historic Society
04/18/2019

Spindle City Historic Society

This Week in Cohoes History: This year, Spindle City Historic Society celebrates our 25th Anniversary. To celebrate, we're sponsoring dinner at Smith's and a presentation by Jack McEneny. We're hoping you can join us for an evening of great food and fascinating stories while supporting a great cause!

The Melville House will be open again May 11, 2019.  Our guest artist for May will be author and former resident, Dennis...
04/17/2019

The Melville House will be open again May 11, 2019. Our guest artist for May will be author and former resident, Dennis Mahoney. Dennis is a true native son. He graduated from St. Augustine's School, Catholic Central High School and College of St. Rose. Dennis will be there from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to sell and sign his books. Meet Dennis, shake his hand, buy a book, discuss with him what inspired him to become an author and answer questions you may have.

Many hands make light work!  Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustees will be doing their annual cemetery cleanup on Sat...
04/17/2019

Many hands make light work! Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustees will be doing their annual cemetery cleanup on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 3:30pm at the old Lansingburgh Village Cemetery and the old Catholic Cemetery across the street. The cemetery is located on 107th Street and Third Ave., Troy, NY. If you have an hour to give to lend a hand it would be greatly appreciated. Bring your rakes and gloves and dig in. A lot of work but we sure do have fun. Hope to see many of you there!

04/15/2019
WMHT Public Media

WMHT Public Media

It's New York State History Month!
Here, learn about activist and leader Kate Mullany who, at the age of 19, organized the country's first all-female labor union in the city of Troy. More at: wmht.org/sheinspires
In the comments, tell us who inspires you - from our past and in the present-day. #SheInspiresMeWMHT
Thank you to the Albany Times Union, Rensselaer County Historical Society, Erica Redling, and Paul Cole for use of photos and images.

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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

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(518) 235-3501

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