Friday, August 1, 2014

Save the Date: Autumn Day Trip October 8th to Kinderhook

Autumn Day Trip to Kinderhook, N.Y.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center’s Autumn Day Trip on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 will include two historic sites in Kinderhook, N.Y.
In the morning, there will be a guided tour of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site called Lindenwald. In his early years, Martin Van Buren practiced law in his hometown of Kinderhook and Columbia County. This led to his upward mobility to sate and national politics, finally becoming United States President in 1837. After his presidency, he returned to Kinderhook where he was born. He spent the rest of his life at Lindenwald.

Lunch: will be at Kozel’s Restaurant on 9H in Ghent. It will be a hot and cold buffet consisting of salads, several hot entrees, desserts, coffee and tea.

After lunch, we will proceed to the Luykas Van Alen House, c. 1737, in Kinderhook. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. It is a restored house museum representing 18th century rural Dutch farm life. Included in the tour is the 1850 one-room Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse on the grounds of Luykas Van Alen House.

Departure: 9 AM from rear parking lot across from the Wesleyan Church, 75 Grace St., Northside, Waterford. Approximate return to Waterford 5:15 PM.

Cost: Current members - $80.00, non-members- $85.00. Price includes parking, motor coach transportation with Wade Tours, admission fees, guided tours and lunch.

Paid reservations by September 19, 2014

Make reservations with Emily Wilson, 518-237-7122 by September 19th. Please make checks payable to the Waterford Historical Museum and mail directly to:

Emily Wilson, Treasurer
26 Columbus Avenue
Waterford, N.Y. 12188


All day trips sponsored by the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center are educational and benefit the Museum’s operating costs. Thank you for your support!

Greetings from the new director!






Hello! My name is Paul Archambault and I am so excited to be working as the new Director at the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center, particularly in its 50th year of existence! To be able to live and work in an area that has such a unique and rich history is amazing. I look forward to continuing to build on the museum’s mission, programs, exhibits, annual events and create new, innovative ideas to enhance the visitor experience and effectively promote and market the cultural, natural, and recreational assets that we have in Waterford.
I moved to Troy, NY from Chattanooga, TN last August when my wife, Katie, was offered the librarian position at the Emma Willard School. We live on campus with our three children, Riley (9 yrs.), Jack (7 yrs.), Bryce (5 yrs.), and dog, Bailey (14 yrs.)
I am originally from Reading, PA and I received my B.A. in Anthropology at Bloomsburg University and M.A. in Public History at U.N.C. Charlotte. I have professional experience in archaeology, historic preservation, community development, planning, and tourism.
I was previously employed at the Southeast Tennessee Development District (SETDD) in Chattanooga, TN. At SETDD, I provided assistance with National Register nomination preparation, preservation grant writing, cultural resource inventory, and historic preservation fundamentals and principles training to local governments, non-profit organizations, and interested parties in the ten county southeast Tennessee region. I also served as the Assistant Director in the Community Development Department managing staff and overseeing multiple federal grant projects including Recreation Trails and Parks projects, Transportation Enhancement projects, Community Development Block Grants, and USDA Rural Development projects.
My family and I are excited to be living in the Capital Region of New York State, an area with a rich heritage and excellent quality of life. I look forward to growing professionally in this position, working on some great projects, and meeting all of you soon!

Please visit my Weebly page to view past projects that I worked on with my previous employer.
http://paularchambault.weebly.com/

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 27th


Join us at our Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 27th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Waterford Civic Center. This is one of our major fundraising activities for the year. If you can’t come, please send a donation to help us meet our goal of $1,100.
Waterford Civic Center
Third Street, in the Village of Waterford

Trivia Night March 15th, 6:30pm

Trivia Night
March 15th, 6:30pm
At the Knights of Columbus Hall in Waterford
$25 per person
Dinner, History, Prizes

DINNER BUFFET
INCLUDES
Corned Beef & Cabbage OR Ham & Cabbage
Soup • Potatoes • Fresh Vegetables • Rolls • Coffee/Tea • Dessert
CASH BAR AVAILABLE
A fun night of food, facts, and philanthropy!

FOR RESERVATIONS

Please call the Museum at (518) 238-0809 or email info@waterfordmuseum.com. This is a team event. Sign up your group of 8 or join the Team Roulette List and we’ll put you with a team!

Knights of Columbus • 76 Grace Street •
Waterford, NY 12188

Spring Day Trip to Olana and Clermont State Historic Sites in Hudson and Germantown, NY Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center’s Spring Day Trip will be on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. In the morning we will visit Olana State Historic Site and in the afternoon Clermont State Historic Site, both in the Hudson Valley.
Olana was the Persian style home of artist Frederic Church and his wife Isabel. The visitor center offers a film and an illustrated panel display about the life of Church and the history of Olana. The house tour follows.
Clermont was home to seven generations of the socially and politically influential Livingston family. Most notable resident was Chancellor Robert T. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase and co-inventor of Robert Fulton’s steamboat.

Lunch: will be at Kozel’s Restaurant on Route 9H in Ghent. It will be a hot and cold buffet consisting of salads, several hot entrĂ©es, desserts, coffee and tea.

Departure: 8:30 a.m. from the rear parking lot across from the Wesleyan Church, 75 Grace Street, Northside, Waterford. Approximate return to Waterford 5:30pm.

Cost: Current Museum members- $80.00 - non-members $85.00. Price includes parking, motor coach transportation with Wade Tours, admission fees, guided tours and lunch.

Paid Reservations by April 4, 2014

Make reservations with Emily Wilson at 518-237-7122 by April 1st. Please make checks payable to the Waterford Historical Museum and mail directly to:
Emily Wilson, Treasurer
26 Columbus Ave.,
Waterford N. Y. 12188

Moving On…

Moving On…
After 13 years as Director of the Waterford Museum, I am moving on to a new position. It is bittersweet to let you all know that in March I will be joining the staff of the NYS Museum as a Senior Historian. Waterford will always hold a dear place in my heart and it has been a rewarding experience to take part in the growth the Museum.
There are many people who have helped along the way and who have played an integral part in both my success and the successes of the Museum. In fact, I do not have enough space here to list everyone who has helped make our successes over the past 13+ years possible. But, I would be remiss if I did not mention my two colleagues who have both played such an important part in my time here, Paul Schneider and Aine Leader-Nagy, without whom much of our behind the scenes successes would not have been possible. Thank you Paul and Aine! It would also be a mistake not to thank the many Board members and volunteers who have served the Museum over the years. Thank you all for your support!
As we look to celebrate 50 years, I think it is important to remember it is the hard work of our volunteers and support of our community that have always been the most important ingredients to the Museum’s success… past, present and future. Please encourage your friends to join and support the Museum. Encourage the businesses you frequent to continue to support the Museum. If possible, give a little extra next time you renew your membership, volunteer one more time and encourage your elected officials to continue to support the museum.
One of the great things about this community is it’s rich history. It seems that even after 13 years of researching the Waterford, there is always more to learn. I encourage you all to love and respect Waterford’s great past and see it as a link to the community’s future, especially in regard to heritage tourism. After all, how can you know where you are going, if you don’t know where you have been?
I am looking forward to sending Emily my check to become a member.

Thank you for your support! Brad

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Irish Revolutionaries: The Fenian Brotherhood in Troy, Cohoes, and Waterford," Waterford Museum’s Winter Series at McGreivey’s

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center proudly announces our next Winter Series program, “Irish Revolutionaries: The Fenian Brotherhood in Troy, Cohoes, and Waterford,” with local historian Aaron Robinson. In the mid-19th century, Irish revolutionaries were not confined solely to Ireland, but could be found in the United States, including on the streets of Troy, Waterford, and Cohoes. Celebrate the Irish season by learning about the Fenian Brotherhood in this area, and how their activism caused them to clash with the church, politicians, and even themselves.

Join us for splendid food, fascinating facts, great conversation and engaging company at 7pm, March 11th at McGreivey’s, one of this areas finest restaurants. Food & Drink available for PURCHASE all evening. Suggested donation is $6 per person ($5 members).