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Book Signing "Watervliet Historic Images" by author and local historian, Don Rittner. This collection of images over the...
09/08/2021

Book Signing "Watervliet Historic Images" by author and local historian, Don Rittner. This collection of images over the centuries brings to light some of the people, events and institutions that made Watervliet an important and early manufacturing center in the Capital District. Mr Rittner has graciously volunteered for a book signing at the Watervliet Historical Society Museum, 1501 1st Avenue on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7pm.

Books are available now at the Museum, Wednesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm as well as during the signing event. Price $29.95 plus $4.00 shipping if necessary. To order send a check ($33.95) to Watervliet Historical Society PO Box 246 Watervliet, NY 12189

Book Signing "Watervliet Historic Images" by author and local historian, Don Rittner. This collection of images over the centuries brings to light some of the people, events and institutions that made Watervliet an important and early manufacturing center in the Capital District. Mr Rittner has graciously volunteered for a book signing at the Watervliet Historical Society Museum, 1501 1st Avenue on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7pm.

Books are available now at the Museum, Wednesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm as well as during the signing event. Price $29.95 plus $4.00 shipping if necessary. To order send a check ($33.95) to Watervliet Historical Society PO Box 246 Watervliet, NY 12189

08/28/2021

Hello Watervliet! I am trying to identify the couple on the left in this photo. My parents; Patrick/ bud/ Jake Donlon and Ella Wickware are on the right. This photo is likely from about 1947. Does anyone have a clue? Thanks.

08/11/2021

The Watervliet Historical Society will be closed for vacation the week of August 15, 2021 and August 22, 2021. We will reopen on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Grand Theater, 3rd Ave between 24th and 25th Street.
08/06/2021

Grand Theater, 3rd Ave between 24th and 25th Street.

Grand Theater, 3rd Ave between 24th and 25th Street.

1826 map of the town of Watervliet. At that time Washington was between what is now 6th and 8th Sts. Gibbonsville was lo...
08/06/2021

1826 map of the town of Watervliet. At that time Washington was between what is now 6th and 8th Sts. Gibbonsville was located between what is now 8th and 15th Sts and West Troy was located between what is now 15th and 26th Sts.

1826 map of the town of Watervliet. At that time Washington was between what is now 6th and 8th Sts. Gibbonsville was located between what is now 8th and 15th Sts and West Troy was located between what is now 15th and 26th Sts.

08/06/2021
Construction of the Menands Bridge
07/28/2021
New Collection Items | Hart Cluett Museum

Construction of the Menands Bridge

The Hart Cluett Museum recently acquired a wonderfully dynamic photographic collection, documenting the construction of the Menands Bridge.

A reminder we are going to put on a display for Halloween if anyone has any Halloween or fall decorations they would lik...
07/21/2021

A reminder we are going to put on a display for Halloween if anyone has any Halloween or fall decorations they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off any decorations at the Museum at 1501 1st Avenue in Watervliet.
We are open Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A reminder we are going to put on a display for Halloween if anyone has any Halloween or fall decorations they would like to donate they would be greatly appreciated. You can drop off any decorations at the Museum at 1501 1st Avenue in Watervliet.
We are open Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

06/09/2021

Hurst Harbor Center in Waterford, N.Y.
Invite you to join us to learn about one of the most famous man-made bodies of water in the world-
THE ERIE CANAL-THE REVOLUTIONARY IDEA OF ITS TIME

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
*IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL*
WHEN: JUNE 11, 2021
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: HURST HARBOR VISITOR CENTER
ONE TUGBOAT ALLEY
WATERFORD, NEW YORK 12118
REGISTRATION FOR IN-PERSON: CALL (518) 801-4517 *CAPACITY LIMITED*
VIRTUAL PROGRAM REGISTRATION : https://snc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx
Our speakers, Chris Callaghan along with his children, Mary and John will present a short history of the canal itself and Waterford’s role in canal business; current harbor festivals and the weekly farmers’ market; and a description of canal traffic and today’s boaters, who come from all over the world. There will be a slide show. . ….Don‘t miss it!

Photos from Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway's post
05/22/2021

Photos from Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway's post

05/13/2021

The Watervliet Historical Society Museum located at 1501 1st Avenue has officially reopened both the Museum and adjoining church with many displays for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or by appointment. Come in and learn the Rich History of the City of Watervliet, Erie Canal, Arsenal, Meneely Bell Foundry and much more. Museum Telephone Number is (518) 272-0715.

04/15/2021
Membership | Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Membership | Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Find Your Troy, NY area ancestors, Irish or Not! DONATE/JOIN & OTHER WAYS TO HELP   TIGS MEMBERSHIP Please help support our many projects. All transcribers are volunteers, but material (research materials we donate to the Troy Public Library Genealogy room), computer equipment and annual web hostin...

Timeline Photos
04/06/2021

Timeline Photos

The Erie Canal is one of the most important works of civil engineering and construction in North America. On 4/14 at 1 pm, join us for our webinar, "The Erie Canal - Resources Available at the New York State Library," where librarians will present an overview of the Library's collection including maps, music, images, broadsides, diaries, laws & regulations, journals, books, and NYS agency reports.

Register for the webinar using Zoom: http://ow.ly/VTL650E8ICX

04/04/2021

Happy Easter!

The winning number for the Easter Raffle is 2038576. If you have the winning ticket you can claim the prize at the museum “Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 11:00 to 4:00.

Photos from Canal Society of New York State's post
03/27/2021

Photos from Canal Society of New York State's post

02/15/2021

The Watervliet Historical Society is hosting a visit with the Easter Bunny the Saturday before Easter.
If you have any Easter decorations you don't need we could use them to decorate the North Reformed Church next to the Museum.
We can use ribbon, Silk flowers, Easter baskets, grass, grape vine wreaths (even if they are decorated for other holidays, we can always repurpose them).

if you have any you can call Tom Ragosta at (518)428-2605 or Marylou at (518-944-4436 for an appointment to drop off at the Museum or call for pickup. Thank you!

The Christmas with Santa was a success because of your donations so we decided to do Easter with the Easter Bunny for the Children of the city.

02/11/2021

The Watervliet Historical Society is putting on a visit with the Easter Bunny for the kids of Watervliet.
If you have any Easter Decorations you are not using would you like to donate them for the display.
Silk flowers, ribbon, grape vine wreaths (if they have any other holiday decorations on them we can repurpose them), easter bunnies, baskets, etc.
if you have any you can call Tom Ragosta at (518)-428-2605. you can call for an appointment for drop off at the museum ( 1501 1st Avenue) or call Tom for pick-up.

12/02/2020

You may know something about the battles, but what about AFTER the smoke cleared and the armies departed???

Join us for another episode of #ExpertsNextDoor

11/07/2020

Let's get personal . . .

Photos from Martin Van Buren National Historic Site's post
10/31/2020

Photos from Martin Van Buren National Historic Site's post

09/01/2020

Ziti Sausage and Meatball Dinner Sponsored by Watervliet Historical Society and Albany County Legislature Bob Beston

Foreman & Clark factory. Before becoming Tek Hughes it was a textile factory called foreman and Clark.
08/01/2020

Foreman & Clark factory. Before becoming Tek Hughes it was a textile factory called foreman and Clark.

Lemon Club
07/30/2020

Lemon Club

The First Presbyterian Church , 23rd Street and 9th Avenue hosted the children from the Fairview Home on Sunday mornings...
07/30/2020

The First Presbyterian Church , 23rd Street and 9th Avenue hosted the children from the Fairview Home on Sunday mornings.

old Albany ,Troy, and Watervliet Bus.
07/29/2020

old Albany ,Troy, and Watervliet Bus.

Ted's Fish Fry , Watervliet.
07/29/2020

Ted's Fish Fry , Watervliet.

State Bank of Albany at the southwest corner of 19th street and Broadway
07/25/2020

State Bank of Albany at the southwest corner of 19th street and Broadway

Open Trolley made by the J. M. Jones Company in West troy. The trolley is parked in front of the plant which was located...
07/24/2020

Open Trolley made by the J. M. Jones Company in West troy. The trolley is parked in front of the plant which was located in the vicinity of Red's field, Port Schuyler.

Tek Hughes , 6th ave
07/24/2020

Tek Hughes , 6th ave

1918 Big Gun Shop - Watervliet Arsenal.
07/23/2020

1918 Big Gun Shop - Watervliet Arsenal.

Ammunition Wagon and Chests manufactured during the Civil War at the Watervliet Arsenal.
07/22/2020

Ammunition Wagon and Chests manufactured during the Civil War at the Watervliet Arsenal.

The Watervliet Arsenal employed about 500 children during the Civil War.
07/22/2020

The Watervliet Arsenal employed about 500 children during the Civil War.

Address

1501 1st Ave
Watervliet, NY
12189

General information

OUR LOCATION: Corner of 1st Avenue and 15th Street Just behind the Watervliet Public Library OUR MAILING ADDRESS Watervliet Historical Society PO Box 246 Watervliet, New York, 12189 OUR HOURS: Wednesday through Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Phone: 518-272-0715

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm

Telephone

(518) 272-0715

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As some of you know by now I am working on three volumes of Watervliet history, with the first volume out. I was thinking there might be a fourth if everyone sends in their old photos and info. Could make an interesting book.
Hello Watervliet! I am trying to identify the couple on the left in this photo. My parents; Patrick/ bud/ Jake Donlon and Ella Wickware are on the right. This photo is likely from about 1947. Does anyone have a clue? Thanks.
Curious if there are any stories, facts etc. about the softball field that would later become "Red's Field". I remember as a boy the backstop for the softball games was located next to what is now Valente's and where the basketball court is. Was this softball field used for city league games prior to Congress Park? Also, wonder if anyone, anywhere has pictures of that backstop in the old location before it was eventually moved to where it is now?
Hello! I writing in the hopes that someone on this page can guide me in the right direction. I am working on my family history and have roots in the Watervliet/Albany County area dating back to the 1700's. The list of surnames is lengthy and the number of places in or around Watervliet are numerous in number too. I've tried to contact historical societies through their websites, but that has been unsuccessful. So I thought I would try this way. Thank you for your time. Diane Resvick
Looking for some photos of 10th Ave/12th St around 1895-1913 or if anyone has any info about the Saloon ran by George Stephenson out of Sarah Stephenson's house in that vicinity.
ERIE CANAL BOAT - LICOHEJA in Watervliet tied up across from the West Side Foundry just north of the weigh-lock.
Hello, Thank you for all you do. I have a query: Does this house still exist? Snippet is from the 1854 Albany County map. I'm not even sure if it was within the political boundaries then of what we now know as W'vliet.
I am commissioning a painting of this picture. My grandfather’s cleaners (TJ Harrison and Sons) is on the left hand side. I could really use some help identifying the names on any signs in the photo that may not be as legible to someone like me who’s not as familiar with how things looked in the 1950s when this photo was taken. Any other photos you may have of this same area would also be great. Any help you could provide is much appreciated. I’ll share the finished painting on here when it’s complete.
Hello, I grew up at 425 Second Ave, next to a small brick "factory"....I was young and didn't care what they made....what did they make? ANyone know?
Any photos of Kremeflake Bakery ? My grandparents own d it for many years on 7th ave
The Schuyler House 1866