The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) announces the appointment of Douglas Bucher, Phyllis Conroy, Christina Kelly and Robert Matthews to the Board of Trustees. They were elected to their terms at the 86th Annual Meeting held on September 9, 2013.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum, located at 57 Second Street in Troy, is a not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life.
Douglas G. Bucher is a principal with John G. Waite Associates, Architects and has worked as a restoration architect for the firm since 1975. He has extensive experience in historic house museums and their restoration. Mr. Bucher has previously been an RCHS board member and currently sits on the Mary Warren Free Institute’s board and is a member of the Historic Resource Commission. He lives in downtown Troy.
Phyllis Schwab Conroy a Troy resident graduated from Mount Saint Mary College and retired this year after a 20 year career in IT. Phyllis worked as Assistant Director of IT at Siena College, Director of Academic Technology at The Sage Colleges and Instructional Technologist at the Regional Information Center at Albany BOCES at taught technology at The Mildred Elley. Her interest in Troy’s history, art and architecture began with wonderful tours led by Tom Phalen. She was born in Joliet Ill., lived 10 years and was educated in Puerto Rico. The YWCA of the Capitol Region, Friends of Oakwood Cemetery, Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway are a few of the organizations she has supported. She is the wife of James Conroy, former Deputy Mayor of Troy.
Christina Shaver Kelly is a native of Niskayuna. She received a B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. After brief stints as the curator of the Glens Falls Historical Association and the RCHS, she stayed home and raised four daughters with her husband John on an old farm in Melrose. She taught Spanish at Hoosic Valley High School for twenty years, and has been historian of the town of Schaghticoke since 1986. In retirement, she writes a weekly newspaper column and a blog on Schaghticoke history and she and husband John volunteer at the RCHS. Her late mother, Elizabeth Shaver, was a volunteer at the RCHS for many years and is the Shaver of the Lindholm, Anderson, Shaver Challenge. Her late brother Peter Shaver served on the board of the RCHS.
Robert Matthews has been an academic librarian at Hudson Valley Community College for the past 17 years, attaining the rank of professor. In 2006 he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Mr. Matthews’ prior appointment was as a legislative librarian with the New York State Assembly. He has served on the board of Troy Chromatics and is active as a Friend of the Poestenkill Library.