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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Local Hidden History Program

I love the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Not only because of the beautiful buildings which house the organization or the awesome staff or the sweet green show they host every year at the Victorian Stroll. But, mainly and especially, because of their programs.
I've attended a few very interesting walks and one of these days I really hope to use their archives to find out more about the history of my parents' house and my current apartment building, both have to be from the mid to late 19th century.
So, the latest cool programming from the RCHS will involve RPI's EMPAC building and Mt. Ida Cemetery and the Poestenkill Gorge.

From today's press release:

The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) announces their
February and March Hidden History programs. Reservations can be made by
calling 518-272-7232 x12 or email

Hidden History - EMPAC at RPI
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
$15 per person, $12 for RCHS members

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is
a 220,000-square foot building containing a wide and flexible range of major
performing arts venues. Positioned on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River,
the center makes a bold statement to Troy's skyline. To make a reservation,
call 518-272-7232 x.12

Hidden History - Mt. Ida Cemetery and the Poestenkill Gorge
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
$15 per person, $12 for RCHS members

Join Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County Historian, as we tour Mt. Ida
Cemetery, which features some of the oldest headstones in the city of Troy.
We will then tour the Poestenkill Gorge a favorite destination for
picnickers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts for decades. The waters
of the Poestenkill collect in Dyken Pond, then make a dash for the Hudson
River below. The Mt. Ida falls drop roughly 85' into a gorge of crumbly
black shale, make a right angle turn, dropping a further 75' into a massive
pool. This source of water power fueled several industries along the
Poestenkill's banks in the 19th century.

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 strive to enrich the
present and advocate for the future by bringing the region's past to life,
recognizing every face and every story.

RCHS is located at 57 Second Street, Troy NY 12180.


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