Watervliet Historical Society

New York State Library

New York State Library

To celebrate National Nurses Week, we chose a recruiting poster for nurses: "Five Thousand by June / Graduate Nurses / Your Country Needs You." The poster is from one of our a favorite collections - and a fantastic source of commercial art from the early 20th century - the World War I poster collection. View the World War I Posters Collection finding aid at our website: http://ow.ly/wbxQ30oGIpH

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Hudson River Lightkeeper

City Of Watervliet ferry to Troy

Historic Albany Rural Cemetery

Historic Albany Rural Cemetery

April is National Volunteer Month and, as we continue to plan tours and other events for 2019, we'd welcome you as a volunteer. From assisting with registration at events to cleaning monuments (training provided), there's much that you can do to help. If you're interested, please send us an email to [email protected] or stop by the office during our regular hours for a volunteer form.

The Watervliet Historical Society will have a meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Watervliet Senior Center...

The Watervliet Historical Society will have a meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Watervliet Senior Center, 1501 Broadway, following the Meeting will be a video presentation @ 7:15 PM “Steamboats on the Hudson “. Refreshments will be served.

Historic Albany Rural Cemetery

Historic Albany Rural Cemetery

On May 18, Albany Rural Cemetery will be presenting our second annual Historic Walking Tour.

Last year's tour was a great success and feature actors in period attire as various notable figures interred at the Cemetery, including Charles Fort, Louis Menand, Emily Weed Barnes, Mary McPherson, Adolph Von Steinwehr, and Stephen Van Rensselaer III.

This year's tour will feature several returning cast members and a new set of historic figures who will share their stories (hint: one of them is a character in Hamilton at Proctors).

Last year's event sold out very quickly and we expect a great deal of interest in this year's tour.

Tickets will go on sale on April 11 to members of the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery and the Historical Society Town Of Colonie, New York. Remaining tickets will go on sale to non-members on April 18. Ticket sales will be online only this year due to demand and there will be no advance registration or waiting list.

If you are not yet a member of the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery and would like to join in time for the advance sale, please stop in the office and fill out a membership form. Membership starts at $35 and includes our quarterly newsletter.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Lansingburgh Historical Society


Whether you’re a Civil War buff, a fan of local history, or just enjoy spending an evening with your friends and neighbors learning something new, you won’t want to miss this unique event sponsored by the Lansingburgh Historical Society.

On Thursday April 11, 2019, Historian Michael Barrett, will present Troy in the Civil War, an illustrated lecture, at the Van Schaick County Club, at 201 Continental Ave., Cohoes, NY 12047

Make a night of it and enjoy dinner at your own expense from a select menu beginning at 5:30 PM, and look forward to Michael's presentation starting at 7 PM. Of course, you're welcome to arrive for the lecture only at 7 PM.

The $10 donation for the lecture, benefits the work of the Lansingburgh Historical Society.

Reservations encouraged but not required should you choose to enjoy your dinner at Van Schaick (518) 237-0145.

Please share this post! We're looking forward to a large crowd for this unique and entertaining lecture!

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Old Postcards Of The Hudson River – A Visual History
Towing on the Hudson

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Old Postcards Of The Hudson River - A Visual History
Albany & Troy Line Steamers at Albany

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Hudson River Lightkeeper

Old Postcards Of The Hudson River - A Visual History
Tug on the Hudson in Winter

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Lansingburgh Historical Society

OF 2019

Will be held one week from today, on Saturday March 9th, 2019. In honor of the 200th Birthday Anniversary of Herman Melville, all of our open houses in 2019, will feature a local artist.

On Saturday, March 9, from 10A to 2 pm, Photographer Fred Coffey's art will be displayed in the first floor parlor of the 1786 Melville House, at 2 - 114th Street, Troy New York 12182.

All three floors of the Melville House will be open for touring from 10A to 2p, refreshments will be served, and Fred's work, framed/unframed, post cards, and greeting cards will be available for viewing and purchase.

Your $5 donation to the Melville house tour, enables us to continue our work in preserving and promoting local history.

The Watervliet Historical Society will have a meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Watervliet Senior ...

The Watervliet Historical Society will have a meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The Watervliet Senior Center, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet, NY. Following the meeting will be a 1 hour video dealing the History of Trolleys. Refreshments will be served.


The Watervliet Historical Society Museum will be closed from Saturday 12/22/2018 until Wednesday, January 9, 2019. We can open by appointment during this period if so desired by calling 518-428-2605. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


The Watervliet Historical Society will have their Annual Pot Luck Christmas Party on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Waterviet Senior Center at 6:30 P.M. Bring something to share.

Friends of Albany History
Friends of Albany History

Friends of Albany History

Albany Cakes for Christmas? So Many Kinds -So Little Time

‘Tis the season for baking and what better than an Albany Cake? But which Albany Cake? The pudding? The cookies? Or an actual cake?

From the early 1800s to the early 1900s Albany Cake was a thing. Well, actually, many things. English cookbooks equate Albany cakes to “Dutch Pudding” in 1810. In the 1840s-1860s it appears Albany Cake was really a large soft cookie.. more like tea cakes. We found Albany newspaper ads for bakeries in 1841 – Albany Cakes are sold alongside “Lafayette Jumbles” – jam filled small sponge cakes and “Jackson Snaps” – crisp, thin lemon cookies, Plum Pudding and Dutch New Year’s Cake - caraway seed cookies.

As we looked through old books and newspapers from the 19th and early 20th century for Albany Cake we found at least a dozen different recipes for pudding, cookies and cakes.

Here are four – from 1810 to 1922

“Dutch Pudding, or Albany Cake”
Mix 2 lbs. or less of good flour with a lb. of butter melted in ½ pint of milk. Add to this 6 eggs, separately well beaten, ½ lb. of fine sifted sugar, 1 lb. of cleaned currants and a few chopped almonds, or a little candied orange peel, chopped fine. Put into it 4 spoonfuls of yeast. Cover it up for an hour or two, and bake for an hour in a wide flattish dish. When cold it eats well as cake (“New London Cookery”, Esther Copley, London 1810)

Albany Cake
½ lb. of sugar and ¼ lb. of butter beaten to a cream; 1 tsp. of cream of tartar, ¾ lb. sifted flour, 1/2 tsp. of soda dissolved in a cup milk. Mix well, roll out and cut into small cakes. Bake immediately. (“Mrs. Goodfellows Cookery as it Should be”, 1865)

Albany Cake
1 ½ lbs. of flour, ½ lb. of powdered sugar, ½ lb. butter, ½ pint black molasses, ¼ pint sweet milk, ½ teacup brandy, ½ yeast cake, cinnamon, cloves, ½ lb. of raisins, ½ lb. currants. This cake demands rather a long baking in a moderate oven. If iced it will keep for weeks. (“Harper’s Bazaar” 1905)

Albany Cakes
1 lb. sugar, ½ lb. butter and lard mixed, 1 egg, ½ pint sour cream. ½ tsp. soda and 1 ¼ lb. flour. Let stand in ice box overnight. In the morning roll in long pieces and twist around to form a cookie. Sprinkle top with granulated sugar. (“The All-American Cookbook”, 1922)

Luckily, a young food blogger recently converted an 1840 recipe (from a Canadian author) for Albany Cake to a contemporary form so you can try it out for the Holidays - icing and sprinkles would be very festive. (The Canadian author lived just west of Buffalo in Ontario.)

Julie O'Connor

Rensselaer County Historical Society

Rensselaer County Historical Society

🌲Welcome to the 2018 Greens Show! 🌲

We are *officially* open for business. 😁

Our schedule for this year's show is as follows...

Today we're here from noon - 5 pm (regular admission), then from 5 pm - 8 pm is our Free Community Night, sponsored by Duncan & Cahill, and Stewart's!

We will have crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, 🎅 and other special things you won't want to miss out on! Bring the kids, bring the whole family..!

Tomorrow we're here from noon - 5 pm, then we'll be staying open late, from 5 pm - 8 pm for Troy Night Out.

Tomorrow is also Sage Colleges half-price 💲 admission day! Students and Faculty receive a discount with proper ID!

*NEW* for this year, we're also having very special 🔦Lamp Light Tours during TNO only, (Friday night), by reservation, at 6 pm & 7 pm. There are still a few slots left!!

Saturday and Sunday we're here from noon - 5 pm.

Will you be out and about in Troy for the Victorian Stroll on Sunday? Make sure to come to RCHS to see our incredibly beautiful and magical show, the show that started it all for the Victorian Stroll!

There's really too much to list here that's going on, just come on down!

Hope to see you soon 🤩🤩🤩

For more info and to purchase tickets to the show or for the Lamp Light Tours, please visit our website:


P.S. The Holiday gift shop will be open during the entire run of the show!

RCHS members receive a 10% discount in the shop.

I believe these were West Troy Meneely bells

I believe these were West Troy Meneely bells

Brant Caird has posted a video, so you can hear the bells. Here are some photos. Mount Ida Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the armistice that ended WWI- it was effective 100 years ago Sunday, at 11 minutes past 11 AM on the 11th day of the eleventh month of 1918. Technically it took place in France, so they would have been 6 hours ahead of us, but 11:11 AM was better. I have included some pictures, showing Jean O’Hara, Ned Pratt, and Brant Caird tolling our bells [Ned and Brant just posed for the picture, Jean did the work. Patti Varner also participated

Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Troy Irish Genealogy Society

On November 5th at 6pm, the COHOES PUBLIC LIBRARY will have a showing of the local documentary "BROUGHT TO LIGHT" This program will start with a brief introduction by filmmaker Barbara Reina with the movie (60m) following. Afterwards there will be a Q and A session.
This documentary explores Black History and the efforts of some Hudson Valley residents to restore respect to the Persons of Color Cemetery. Unearthing the History of an African-American Cemetery in Kinderhook, NY is a story of rediscovery, respect and change. In rural Upstate New York, the cleanup efforts by a few villagers of some stone markers in an overgrown field lead to the rediscovery of a forgotten, “slaves’ cemetery” in which hundreds of African Americans were buried during the 1800s.

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

Next Saturday, Nov. 3, is our annual "Origins of the Modern Horseshoe" tour. The event begins at 1 pm in the Burden Iron Works Museum where Gateway Senior Scholar Tom Carroll will relate the story of Henry Burden, his development of machines to make horseshoes and the building of the world's most powerful vertical water wheel to power the machines. Former Watervliet Arsenal senior machinist Bob Rawling will demonstrate his working models of Burden's machines. The tour finishes with an optional hike through the woods to the water wheel site. The tour costs $15. To sign up or for more information, email [email protected] or call 518-274-0846. This is a popular tour, so sign up soon! If you plan to hike to the wheel site, dress appropriately.

Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Family Tree Lookup Day - Sunday September 23, 12:30-3:30 at the Waterford Public Library

Restoration Project St. Patrick's Cemetery
Restoration Project St. Patrick's Cemetery

Restoration Project St. Patrick's Cemetery

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Veteran Restoration Project at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. A large 3 part project to map, research, excavate, and restore veterans’ gravestones as part of our commitment to uphold and honor our veterans service.

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

The ongoing removal of the steeple at St. Lawrence's Church on Third St. in South Troy has exposed the church's two Troy Meneely bells. The larger weighs 4,085 lbs and the smaller 1,850 lbs. The next step is the removal of the bells. St. Lawrence's once served Troy's German Catholic parishioners.

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Want help breaking your genealogy brick wall? The Troy Irish Genealogy Society is offering a free pu...

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: Want help breaking your genealogy brick wall? The Troy Irish Genealogy Society is offering a free public workshop with strategies and methods for finding your ancestors and breaking your “brick wall”. You don’t have to be Irish or from Troy, all are welcome. Thursday, Aug 16 at 6:30 p.m., East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Walk-ins welcome or RSVP via email to [email protected].

Friends of Albany History

Friends of Albany History

Schuyler Sister Book Slam - Schuyler Mansion

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Schuyler Mansion will host a Book Slam,

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., the mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m., the authors will discuss the subjects of their work: Angelica, Elizabeth (Eliza) and Margaret (Peggy) Schuyler. A book sale and signing will follow the presentations. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.

Danielle Funiciello will presenting her research on eldest daughter Angelica Schuyler Church.

Susan Holloway Scott, will discuss the research that led to her historical fiction novel," I, Eliza Hamilton", (GREAT BOOK - we recommend.)

Margaret Schuyler Van Rensselaer will be highlighted by Laura Elliott, author of the young adult historical fiction novel Hamilton and Peggy!,

The presentations will be held on the grounds behind the mansion immediately following the Open House; after which, there will be a book signing by Susan Holloway Scott and Laura M. Elliot. Their books will also be available for purchase at that time. Light refreshments will be served.

The Record
The Record

The Record

Watervliet pleased to see funding for city building improvements

NYS Canal Corporation

NYS Canal Corporation

On this day in 1817, construction first began on the original Erie Canal.

Waterford Canal and Towpath Society

Waterford Canal and Towpath Society

Gallery Tour of Enterprising Waters, the Erie Canal Exhibition
Saturday, July 14 | 11:30 am & 2 pm
Meet at South Hall | Families | Free
Tread the path of 19th-century New York history and the architectural feat that shaped the nation and changed the world. Join a museum educator for a guided 45-minute tour of artifacts and art that tell the story of the Erie Canal's creation, construction, and contributions to the development of New York and the nation.


1501 1st Ave
Watervliet, NY

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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 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00


(518) 272-0715


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