Hart Cluett Museum

Hart Cluett Museum Hart Cluett Museum Historic Rensselaer County enriches the present and advocates for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story.
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The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessib

The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessib

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Blasting into the weekend like💥💣…The Demolition Derby is a classic Fair event. Pictured here is a demo derby from the Sc...
09/03/2021

Blasting into the weekend like💥💣

The Demolition Derby is a classic Fair event. Pictured here is a demo derby from the Schaghticoke Fair c. 1960s. Would you be brave enough to rocket out of a cannon?

Be sure to check out the Great Schaghticoke Fair, now running September 1 through the 6th, 🎡 stop by the New York Products building to say hi to HCM’s Kathy Sheehan, and take a look at the exhibit, “Bridging the Hudson.”

For more information on the fair, head to: schaghticokefair.com/index.php

Blasting into the weekend like💥💣

The Demolition Derby is a classic Fair event. Pictured here is a demo derby from the Schaghticoke Fair c. 1960s. Would you be brave enough to rocket out of a cannon?

Be sure to check out the Great Schaghticoke Fair, now running September 1 through the 6th, 🎡 stop by the New York Products building to say hi to HCM’s Kathy Sheehan, and take a look at the exhibit, “Bridging the Hudson.”

For more information on the fair, head to: schaghticokefair.com/index.php

Have you ever wondered what goes into designing and implementing a museum exhibition? 🧐🧐Swipe through to see how the Har...
09/01/2021

Have you ever wondered what goes into designing and implementing a museum exhibition? 🧐🧐

Swipe through to see how the Hart Cluett looked during different phases of exhibit installation for "The Way We Work(ed) - a collaborative exhibition with the Smithsonian Institution.

Want to learn more about what went into prepping for an exhibition of this size?

Join HCM Curator/Archivist Stacy Pomeroy Draper for a first Thursday History Talk and gallery walk, tomorrow (9/2), through “The Way We Work(ed).”

Learn what choices were made to bring the story of Where, How, Who, and Why WORK impacts all of our lives, often in unanticipated ways.

For more information, head to our website: hartcluett.org/events/workgallerytalk

Its #WorldPhotographyDay 📸!Pictured here (pun intended😉) is a No. 2 Brownie Camera by the Eastman Kodak Company c. 1900 ...
08/19/2021

Its #WorldPhotographyDay 📸!

Pictured here (pun intended😉) is a No. 2 Brownie Camera by the Eastman Kodak Company c. 1900 that’s part of the HCM permanent collection.

This style of camera was incredibly impactful when examining the evolution of how we take pictures, who was able to take pictures, and is a useful tool in better understanding how the past was captured and documented and by who.

The Brownie Camera introduced the notion of snapshots, was simple to use and cheaper than other styles at the time (initially being sold for only a $1.00). In fact, Brownies were mostly marketed to children in the hopes of popularizing photography. It also helped that these cameras were relatively easy to carry around – making picture taking super accessible.

While most of us today enjoy taking pictures at a whim through our smartphones and devices, looking at objects like the Brownie Camera becomes illuminative – demonstrating the evolutionary nature of how we engage and document our surroundings.


📸: No. 2 Brownie Camera, c. 1900, 2003.93.2b HCM Collection.

Going swimming? 🏊Prospect Park is home to one of the few remaining “Bintz” swimming pools still standing (though not cur...
08/03/2021

Going swimming? 🏊

Prospect Park is home to one of the few remaining “Bintz” swimming pools still standing (though not currently in use).

Designed in 1926 by civil engineer Wesley Bintz during a period of major change in how we view recreation in the United States, the pool exemplifies the concern of the 1920's that healthy recreational opportunities should be made available to the public at large.

Want to learn more about the famous Wesley Bintz swimming pool and Prospect Park? Join us for our Prospect Park Picnic, where our very own Kathy Sheehan will lead us on a historic tour through Warren Hill.

Event details at our website: https://www.hartcluett.org/events/prospectparkpicnic
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1: Prospect Park Pool, c 1930, 1975.28.37a HCM Collection
2: Postcard, n.d., Prospect Park Pool HCM Collection
3: Historic American Engineering Record, Wesley Blintz: Blueprint, Blintz Pool, c. 1926, Library of Congress

This past week we witnessed hazy skies and red sunsets, effects from the wildfires in California and Oregon. In Renssela...
07/26/2021

This past week we witnessed hazy skies and red sunsets, effects from the wildfires in California and Oregon. In Rensselaer County, the Dickinson Hill Fire Tower in Grafton, in the heart of the Rensselaer Plateau, is the last tower in the county still standing that was used to spot forest fires in the 20th century.

This fire tower was critical to the entire plateau and the City of Troy, as the water supply for the city was within this forested land. Built by the Aermotor Corporation in 1924, it was a prefabricated structure standing 60 feet tall at an elevation of 1,756 feet above sea level.

A noted fire observer on the Dickinson Hill Tower was Helen Ellett, (1914- 2015) from Grafton, the second woman fire tower observer in New York State. When she was hired in 1943 she was paid $100.00 per month. Helen worked as a fire observer until 1965. Her experiences were chronicled in the book, "I Remember When: The Untold Story of Helen Ellett," by Randy Kneer.

The fire tower ceased to be used for the purpose of spotting wildfires in November of 1972. It was then used as a communications tower for the New York State Police. In 2010 the jurisdiction of the fire tower was transferred to New York State Parks and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. The Friends of Grafton Lake and NYS Parks restored the tower and re-opened to visitors in 2012. Helen Ellett cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

You can access the fire tower in two ways: Take a left on to Babcock Lake Road from Route 2 in Grafton, then turn left on to Fire Tower Road (#259) or, you can hike 1.3 miles each way from the trailhead at Grafton Lake State Park on Long Pond Road.

Filming for HBO's upcoming series, “The Gilded Age,” took over Downtown Troy in the month of June. Production Designer, ...
07/21/2021

Filming for HBO's upcoming series, “The Gilded Age,” took over Downtown Troy in the month of June.

Production Designer, Bob Shaw, talked to our very own Kathy Sheehan to answer and discuss: Why Troy!

Watch the full interview on our Youtube Channel! youtube.com/watch?v=di_KNWHk4Kk

Filming for HBO's upcoming series, “The Gilded Age,” took over Downtown Troy in the month of June.

Production Designer, Bob Shaw, talked to our very own Kathy Sheehan to answer and discuss: Why Troy!

Watch the full interview on our Youtube Channel! youtube.com/watch?v=di_KNWHk4Kk

“It is the calling and duty of the landscape engineer to devise ways of arranging land and its accompanying landscape so...
07/19/2021

“It is the calling and duty of the landscape engineer to devise ways of arranging land and its accompanying landscape so that whatever the particular purpose in view may be, the result shall be as thoroughly beautiful as possible.” Garnet Douglass Baltimore (1859-1946) was hired as the landscape engineer to create the 84-acre park we know today as Prospect Park.

Studying at the William Rich School and then the Troy Academy,where he and his brother were accepted as the first Black students, Baltimore would also be accepted in the 1877 freshman class at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & in 1881, became RPI’s first Black graduate. Garnet D. Baltimore then began a long career as a civil engineer and landscape architect.

Baltimore created the “Report of the Municipal Improvements Commission,” where he reported: “the primary object of [Prospect Park] is a place where natural beauty can be enjoyed free from the turmoil of the city.”

Come help fulfill Baltimore’s vision for Prospect Park by joining us for a picnic! August 10th at 5:30! Drinks & Dessert will be provided and our very own Kathy Sheehan will lead a tour around the historic park.

Please RSVP by August 5th to Samantha Mahoski at: [email protected].

More event details at our website: hartcluett.org/events/prospectparkpicnic

How it started vs. How it's going --Built in 1933 at a cost of $2.9 million, the Menands Bridge connects Troy and (you g...
07/16/2021

How it started vs. How it's going
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Built in 1933 at a cost of $2.9 million, the Menands Bridge connects Troy and (you guessed it) Menands! #DidYouKnow Gov. Lehman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt were present at the dedication ceremony on July 17, 1933? In fact, tomorrow marks the 88th anniversary of the event!

Learn more about the Menands Bridge at our website: hartcluett.org/rensselaer-county-blog/menandsbridge

Green, open space for recreation in a city - this may not seem like such a novel idea to 21st century Americans.  And ye...
07/14/2021

Green, open space for recreation in a city - this may not seem like such a novel idea to 21st century Americans. And yet, 114 years ago, Prospect Park was just that.

It quickly became a much-needed respite from the industrial urban environment of the city; open to all citizens, available in all seasons, and was the site of memorable family, sporting and community events that continue today.

Bring your own meal and join us for a fun evening at the Prospect Park Pavilion. AND enjoy a historic tour through the park led by the one and only Kathy Sheehan! Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fun evening!

Please RSVP by August 5th to Samantha Mahoski at: [email protected].

More event details at our website at: hartcluett.org/events/prospectparkpicnic

Green, open space for recreation in a city - this may not seem like such a novel idea to 21st century Americans. And yet, 114 years ago, Prospect Park was just that.

It quickly became a much-needed respite from the industrial urban environment of the city; open to all citizens, available in all seasons, and was the site of memorable family, sporting and community events that continue today.

Bring your own meal and join us for a fun evening at the Prospect Park Pavilion. AND enjoy a historic tour through the park led by the one and only Kathy Sheehan! Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fun evening!

Please RSVP by August 5th to Samantha Mahoski at: [email protected].

More event details at our website at: hartcluett.org/events/prospectparkpicnic

Happy Friday!!! Be sure to stop by the Hart Cluett Museum tonight for Troy Night Out! Come see our collaborative exhibit...
06/25/2021
Troy Night Out — DOWNTOWN TROY BID

Happy Friday!!!

Be sure to stop by the Hart Cluett Museum tonight for Troy Night Out!

Come see our collaborative exhibit with the Smithsonian - "The Way We Work(ed)," check out our gift shop, and more!!

To learn more about Troy Night Out, head to: https://www.downtowntroy.org/troy-night-out!

We hope you'll stop by!!

Troy Night Out is an extended evening highlighting shops, restaurants, arts and culture that takes place on the last Friday of every month in Downtown Troy. Attendees are able to support virtually or stroll throughout the streets and businesses, enjoying art openings, music performances, fine resta...

As filming for HBO's upcoming series "The Gilded Age"  comes to an end, Kenneth Crowe of the Times Union interviewed our...
06/22/2021
Troy, New York City were Gilded Age twins

As filming for HBO's upcoming series "The Gilded Age" comes to an end, Kenneth Crowe of the Times Union interviewed our very own Kathy Sheehan on how Troy, NY became the backdrop for filming!

Troy and New York City's shared history ties them together in the Gilded Age.

06/18/2021

Tomorrow we celebrate the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth.

Though it has long been celebrated amongst Black communities, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider American population.

Here’s Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, on how the day of June 19th, 1865 was essential in the abolition of slavery in an interview with Terry Gross of @nprfreshair.

For more information, resources on Juneteenth, and the rest of the interview with Annette Gordon-Reed, head to: hartcluett.org/rensselaer-county-blog/juneteenth2021.
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📸1: General Order No.3, issued by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, June 19th, 1865, US National Archives .
📸2: Pamphlet, produced December 1862 specifically for Union soldiers to read and distribute among African-Americans, Collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

06/18/2021
Father's Day

#FathersDay is all about celebrating fatherhood in all its forms.

Give Dad a whole years worth of special perks & benefits and giving back with a Gift Membership to the Hart Cluett Museum.

Purchase a gift membership for Dad today at hartcluett.org/membership!!!

Edit: This tour is now SOLD OUT!!! Please head to hartcluett.org/events to check out our other upcoming events! Located ...
06/11/2021

Edit: This tour is now SOLD OUT!!! Please head to hartcluett.org/events to check out our other upcoming events!

Located on the east side of First Street, between Broadway and State Street, these buildings played an important role during the abolitionist period from 1820 until 1860.

Just out of camera range on the left side of the photo next to the Baltimore barbershop stood the Troy House, an early Troy Hotel (site of today’s senior housing apartments).

Through the efforts of Peter Baltimore and William Rich, Freedom Seekers wishing to stay in Troy were given jobs as porters and waiters at the Troy House.

Want to learn more about how Troy was a hotbed of Abolition during the 19th century? Join us tomorrow for our Walking Tour, “Escape to Freedom!” Spots are limited so be sure to sign up today!!

Purchase your ticket(s) at: hartcluett.org/tickets/walkingtourugrr.

📸: Peter Baltimore’s Barbershop and The Athenaeum. c. 1880. Photograph from a stereoview card.

Edit: This tour is now SOLD OUT!!! Please head to hartcluett.org/events to check out our other upcoming events!

Located on the east side of First Street, between Broadway and State Street, these buildings played an important role during the abolitionist period from 1820 until 1860.

Just out of camera range on the left side of the photo next to the Baltimore barbershop stood the Troy House, an early Troy Hotel (site of today’s senior housing apartments).

Through the efforts of Peter Baltimore and William Rich, Freedom Seekers wishing to stay in Troy were given jobs as porters and waiters at the Troy House.

Want to learn more about how Troy was a hotbed of Abolition during the 19th century? Join us tomorrow for our Walking Tour, “Escape to Freedom!” Spots are limited so be sure to sign up today!!

Purchase your ticket(s) at: hartcluett.org/tickets/walkingtourugrr.

📸: Peter Baltimore’s Barbershop and The Athenaeum. c. 1880. Photograph from a stereoview card.

06/10/2021

We were nominated by The Sembrich to participate in the #MuseumAtNightChallenge!!!!

Enjoy a little sunset, sunrise action from the Front Parlor of the Hart-Cluett House!!!Sunrise (Without the street lights, it certainly gets dark, huh!?)

The Hart Cluett was excited to join in on this global initiative started by Le Pass. Thanks again to our friends over at The Sembrich for inviting us to participate!

#MuseumAtNight

06/07/2021

On June 7th 2020, Troy saw over 11,000+ people take to the streets of the “Collar City'‘ for the Black Lives Matter Rally and March.

Now one year later, and as the #BlackLivesMatter Movement continues, we reflect on the impact this rally had and continues to have on Troy, Rensselaer County, and the nation.

Learn more about the Rally and HCM's response at hartcluett.org/rensselaer-county-blog/blm

Strolling into the weekend like  🚶‍♀️..Babydoll Parades, as pictured here, were common in the early 20th century as a re...
06/04/2021

Strolling into the weekend like 🚶‍♀️
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Babydoll Parades, as pictured here, were common in the early 20th century as a result of the Playground Movement and in particular, the formation of Playground Associations.

As societal norms surrounding the notion of childhood shifted, preserving the health and morals of the child became a central focus in the early reform movements at the turn of the 19th century.

In Troy, the Playgrounds Association began in 1906 as the Women's Improvement Society of Troy, focused on providing a safe place for children to play as well as access to more open air playing spaces with healthier air to breath.

📸: Babydoll Parade, c. early 1900s, HCM Collection

Strolling into the weekend like 🚶‍♀️
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Babydoll Parades, as pictured here, were common in the early 20th century as a result of the Playground Movement and in particular, the formation of Playground Associations.

As societal norms surrounding the notion of childhood shifted, preserving the health and morals of the child became a central focus in the early reform movements at the turn of the 19th century.

In Troy, the Playgrounds Association began in 1906 as the Women's Improvement Society of Troy, focused on providing a safe place for children to play as well as access to more open air playing spaces with healthier air to breath.

📸: Babydoll Parade, c. early 1900s, HCM Collection

05/28/2021
Because of ongoing filming in Downtown Troy for HBO's "The Gilded Age," the Hart Cluett Museum will remain closed to the...
05/28/2021

Because of ongoing filming in Downtown Troy for HBO's "The Gilded Age," the Hart Cluett Museum will remain closed to the public today, 5/28.

Here are some pictures from yesterday's filming at the Hart-Cluett House!!

Look up, look down, look all around!! There's plenty of surprises here in #TroyNY that help define what our remarkable 1...
05/21/2021

Look up, look down, look all around!! There's plenty of surprises here in #TroyNY that help define what our remarkable 19th and 20th century buildings were used for.

Join us tomorrow, 5/22, for our Walking Tour: Gargoyles, Lions, and Murals. This tour includes a family-friendly scavenger hunt that adults and kids alike can enjoy!!

Tickets can be purchased at our website at: hartcluett.org/tickets/walkingtourgargoyles-lions-murals

Look up, look down, look all around!! There's plenty of surprises here in #TroyNY that help define what our remarkable 19th and 20th century buildings were used for.

Join us tomorrow, 5/22, for our Walking Tour: Gargoyles, Lions, and Murals. This tour includes a family-friendly scavenger hunt that adults and kids alike can enjoy!!

Tickets can be purchased at our website at: hartcluett.org/tickets/walkingtourgargoyles-lions-murals

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57 2nd St
Troy, NY
12180

Opening Hours

Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

+5182727232

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Hart Cluett Museum Historic Rensselaer County is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessible a broad variety of objects and documents, and conduct educational programs to inspire public enthusiasm for the past. Situated in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses — the historic and architecturally significant Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses exhibits, programs, and a research library.


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