Hoarding History:
New Exhibit Explores Why Museums Collect

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Why Museums CollectThe Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) will debut a new exhibit, Hoarding History: Why the Museum Collects, on Friday, February 28th as part of Troy Night Out, from 5pm to 8pm.

RCHS collects and preserves letters, furniture, paintings, account books and much more. The collection exists not necessarily for the object’s sake, but for the stories that can be told through those objects. With the opening of Rensselaer County Historical Society’s new exhibit, Hoarding History: Why the Museum Collects, visitors will have the opportunity to view over 100 recent acquisitions and learn about the process RCHS goes through to bring new aspects of Rensselaer County’s history to the public’s attention while preserving the artifacts that tell these stories for future generations.

Ceramics, glass, furniture and other large objects, historic clothing and textiles, library and archival collections and fine arts items are all represented in the exhibit. A special section of the exhibit features RCHS’s largest artifact, the Hart-Cluett house. Special gallery talks and other programs will be presented – check the RCHS website as details become available.

Stacy Pomeroy Draper, RCHS Curator, states, “Museums are often compared to icebergs – what is on view at any given time is just the tip of it all. Why collect if people can’t see it all the time? RCHS’s new exhibit explores how and why the museum collects, cares for and uses collections by focusing on the wide variety of things acquired since 2000.”

The exhibit runs through July 26, 2014 and is sponsored in part by the Lucille A. Herold Charitable Trust. RCHS is open Thursdays – Saturdays, Noon to 5pm. There is no fee to view the exhibit, donations are encouraged. Guided tours of the exhibit are available for groups. For more information, call 518-272-7232 or visit www.rchsonline.org. RCHS is located at 57 Second Street, Troy NY 12180.

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