Unique Series of Lectures at the Waterford Museum

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200 Years on the Erie CanalThe Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center has announced the continuation of its lecture series, held at the Van Schaick Island Country Club, 201 Continental Ave, Cohoes.

Lectures scheduled are as follows:

December 12th at 7 pm: 200 Years on the Erie Canal – Michael Barrett of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway will be presenting a talk on the anniversary of one of New York States – and America’s – cultural and historic landmarks, the Erie Canal. Attendees will journey through the 200 years of the canal, from its construction begun on July 4, 1817, to its impact on the state and country since it official opening with the Wedding of the Waters in 1825.

January 9: Isaiah Rynders:  Waterford Son – presented by Waterford historian, Russ VanDervoort, on a notable figure from Waterford. Captain Isaiah Rynders was born in 1804 to Irish and German parents in Waterford. After achieving the title of Captain from his work on a sloop ship, which frequently stopped to do business in Waterford, he also worked his way into political life in New York City. He became a gang leader, a founding member of the “Empire Club” and a Tammany Hall boss for the 6th Ward. Though he moved, his family stayed in Waterford.

February 13: Battle of Saratoga – presented by a ranger from Saratoga National Park. As a member of southern Saratoga County, Waterford has a connection to this important battle from the American Revolution.

March 13: Harry Howard: New York’s Most Famous Firefighter – Christine Lillpop of the FASNY Museum of Firefighting will present on Harry Howard. Firefighting has a unique history in Waterford as the home of the Button Fire Engine Works and this lecture explore more of the history of firefighting in New York State.

These lectures are educational programs and fundraisers that help support the mission of the museum. Admission is $6, $5 for museum members.

For more information about the Waterford Historical Museum, click here.

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