Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Winter Lectures Announced

The museum is pleased to announce its next three speakers for our Winter Lecture Series held at Chrome Food and Spirits.

On Friday, January 16th at 7 PM, Dr. Joe Goss returns to our lecture series with another exciting topic in the field of science. He will discuss how the human mind works while we are in sleep and dream mode. In addition, Goss will explore why humans sleep and how our dreams can be interpreted. Back by popular demand from his previous museum lectures, Dr. Goss, again, presents us a fascinating topic that will be sure to amaze.

On Tuesday, February 10th at 7 PM, Dr. Max Kintner, museum board member, will be discussing his ongoing medical mission work in Guatemala.Max Kintner has worked among the Guatemalan highland Maya for 25 years in educational, micro-development, and public health projects. Max will do a slide and lecture presentation about the highland Maya and his work facilitating medical missions, particularly a women’s reproductive health project in which he is currently involved.

Finally, to close out our 2014-2015 winter lecture series, Michael Barrett will speak about Troy, New York's role in the Civil War on Tuesday, March 10th at 7 PM. Barrett serves as the Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and Burden Iron Works Museum.

To read more about each lecture, please click on the appropriate link that lists the date. We encourage you to arrive early to get a good seat and enjoy a meal at Chrome Food and Spirits. The cost for each lecture is $6 for non-members and $5 for members.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ADA ramp completed at the museum

Taking a big step towards his Eagle Scout award, Josh Hosbach completed the ADA ramp at the museum. With the help of his father, Charlie, performing master carpentry skills and his mother, Carolyn, going the extra mile with landscaping and decoration around the ramp and porch, the project was a great success. The museum is so proud of Josh with his hard work and Eagle Scout achievement. We are honored that he chose the museum to complete his project. Much thanks goes to the Hosbach Family!

Pictured below from left to right are Josh and Charlie Hosbach, Paul Archambault, and Ward Patton at the ribbon cutting ceremony held on November 15th.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waterford Historical Museum December Events

The Waterford Historical Museum has two exciting upcoming events taking place the first two weeks of December. First, on Friday, December 5th at 7 PM the museum will be hosting its annual holiday wine and cheese night. Come enjoy some of New York State's finest wines, provided by the Wine Seller at Harmony House Market Place, coupled with a variety of cheeses, fruit, and more. In addition, Roger Savoy of the Homebrew Emporium will be in attendance selling wine-making supplies and other items. So come join us for a festive event. Admission is $10.

On December 9th, we will be continuing our winter lecture series with a presentation by Sloane Bullough about Christmas in Troy: The Origins of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bells. The lecture will be held at Chrome Food and Spirits, located at 405 Hudson River Road in Waterford. The lecture will begin at 7 PM, but you are welcome to arrive earlier for a meal from Chrome's menu and some social time.

For more information about these events, please visit the Waterford Historical Museum's website at

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.

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

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


Please call the Museum at (518) 238-0809 or email 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