On the evening of June 27, 1892, in a St. John’s Street boarding house in South Troy, New York, 66-year-old Thomas Jones was nearing the end of a three-day bender. He was fond of drawing a .32-caliber pistol and showing it off, something Jones had done repeatedly that day, much to the alarm of others. He hadn’t been on the job for several days at the Burden iron works, and had argued repeatedly with a coworker and co-resident of the boarding house, 22-year-old William Wesson, even offering to fight him in a duel. It was dismissed as nothing more than the ramblings of an old, annoying drunk. [Read more…] about The 1892 Troy Murder of William Wesson
The Albany Institute of History & Artis is set to open a special exhibition of cast iron stoves on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Researchers, collectors, and those new to cast iron will have the opportunity to see these stoves together and their details up close for the first time in ten years. Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region will run through August 18, 2019. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Opening Cast Iron Stove Exhibition
The New York welcome is famous. Charles Lindbergh was paraded up Broadway under a deluge of ticker tape after flying the Atlantic solo in 1927. The Apollo 11 astronauts received an even grander reception 42 years later when they returned from the moon.
But no one was ever given a welcome like the one that Lafayette received in 1824. He was returning, one last time, to see the country whose independence he had fought for almost a half century earlier. His tour was a sensation. Echoes of it can be seen across New York to this day. [Read more…] about Lafayette In New York: A Hero and Aging General Returns
Vanderheyden employees, friends, and guests, participated in “A Day of Remembrance” in advance of Memorial Day on May 25th at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy.
Six residents from Vanderheyden Hall (formerly known as the Troy Orphan Asylum) and the Fairview Home in Colonie who died in the Civil War, World War One World War Two, and the Vietnam War were honored. [Read more…] about Vanderheyden Hall Honors Residents Who Died In Wars
Fire! Fire! The words still strike fear into people, but in the 19th Century, the alarm of a fire in a community sometimes brought disaster. Unfortunately, large fires were very commonplace.
Fires in the early 19th Century sometimes leveled blocks of homes in Albany, and in the mid-19th Century, a spark from a steam engine set the old wooden Green Island Bridge over the Hudson River on fire and westerly winds blew hot embers into Troy causing the great conflagration that destroyed much of the center portion of the city. Building codes changed due to fires like these. [Read more…] about A Short History of Watervliet Water Works
On a cold and snowy 21st of December in 1808, about two in the afternoon, there alighted at the door of the old tavern in Green Street, Albany, then kept by Whitmore, a dark complexioned but elegant stranger, evidently of southern origin. He stepped to the hall of that ancient house of entertainment, and while shaking from a richly furred mantle, the snow which had profusely fallen that day; he desired the ostler to dismantle his remarkably elegant horse of its riding caparisons and to convey the horse to the warmest stall the stables afforded; when himself hastened to the ample bar-room of that well ordered establishment.
Once inside, the stranger asked the keeper of the inn, whether it was agreeable to entertain him a few days. On further acquaintance, the genteel stranger proved a gentleman of the first order, prepossessing in his manners, agreeable and diffuse in conversation, as he was extremely well informed in the lore of literature, as well of any and all parts of the globe, the governments of the different nations, the workings of universal politics and the balance of power between the different nations of Christendom. [Read more…] about Albany History: John Pye and the Highwayman
Michael Barrett will be opening the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center Winter Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Van Schaick Island Country Club, 201 Continental Ave, Cohoes.
His lecture, entitled “Historic Lansingburgh,” details the history of the Lansingburgh area. [Read more…] about Lansingburgh History Kicks Off Waterford Lecture Series
A Troy towing company has had one of its flagship tugs named Tugboat of the Year by the Waterford Tugboat Roundup.
The honor is awarded by the Roundup’s planning committee each year, celebrating a boat’s contribution to history and, often, to the ongoing success of inland waterway transportation. [Read more…] about The Frances of Troy Named Tugboat of the Year
The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) has announced its spring meeting, to be held on May 21, 2016.
The event will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm. [Read more…] about Gravestone Studies Meeting At Oakwood Cemetery
The program features Eric Johnson on African American history; Terri Moran with a family history that stretches to Sweden; and Jim Richmond, whose family research inspired him to write a book, The Middleline, the story of the founding of a Saratoga County community. You can listen at “The Historians” online archive. [Read more…] about Genealogy in the Capital District