Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NEW Complete Index to Hammersley’s “History of Waterford”

Museum volunteer Kyle R. Patton worked for almost a year to complete the 55 page index/glossary. Every name that appears in the history is now in the index, as well as every organization, place, business and event that is in the book.
This is a tremendous new resource that we have already put to good use.
Thank you Kyle!

From the Director

The Franco-American exhibit has been very well received and we have been conducting research all summer on Waterford’s Irish population. This Fall we will have an exciting new workshop series based on the Franco exhibit, a new Science and Technology Lecture Series which will take place at McGreiveys (see insert for more details), a wonderful Day Trip, a French Night Open House and much more.
The Museum is at a critical crossroads right now and we look to you, our members and supporters for help. Amidst this troubling time we strive to provide the best programming, exhibits and collections care that we can for the community. Your support can be in numerous forms like making a financial donation, sharing your fundraising ideas, volunteering for docent work, serving on a committee, attending programs, getting some friends to join or visiting the Museum.

Thank you for your support!

Attention Waterford’s Irish-Americans

Are you of Irish descent? Has your family been in Waterford for multiple generations or did they immigrate to Waterford? If so, we want to speak with you. Help us write the history of Waterford’s Irish.
The next phase of our immigrant series is underway and we are now researching Waterford’s Irish-American population. We already have a few experts on board to help out, including one in Waterford, Ireland! This promises to be a fun project and we need your help!
We will be conducting interviews this Fall and we need your help! If you know someone of Irish-American descent from Waterford who might like to be interviewed please let us know. Call the Museum at 238-0809 or e-mail us at

Heritage Day- Thank You Volunteers and Sponsors

Another successful Heritage Day and Concert Under the Stars is under our belts. It would not have been possible without the hard work of our wonderful volunteers and the support of our sponsors, who are too numerous to list here.
Although the weather hampered our plans and kept away some of the antique engines, there were many highlights over the course of the two day event.
A break in the rain allowed us to hold the concert and BBQ outside! We had a large crowd who danced the night away. We had our largest crowd ever for the parade! The wet down of J.W. Ford Hose’s new engine was truly a unique one of a kind event! Another highlight was that the late Catherine Button, great granddaughter of Lysander Button, was able to attend and wish the Button engine crews luck. Her support garnered a victory for the crew of the TW Lane, a Button engine from Mystic, Ct. as she looked on.
We will be developing a new theme for next year’s Heritage Day and look forward to all of your support and involvement.

See more pictures on our Facebook page. Just go to and click the Facebook link.

Fall Program Line-up

October 1st– So you can Speak French? Join us for a special First Friday open House. We encourage you to come speak French. Of course, English speaking guests are encouraged to join us as well. 6-8pm.

October- See website for “Home Cooking Franco-American Style” Workshop series.

October 13th- Autumn Day Trip to Fort Edward and Granville, NY

October 20th- O’Connor Lecture Series –Annual Membership Meeting- Aine Leader-Nagy will give an interactive presentation on our Franco-American exhibit and research. 7pm

November 13th- Docent Appreciation Brunch

December 3rd– Holiday Open House- Friday evening wine & cheese tasting. 6-9pm.

December 4th- Holiday Open House- Decorate A Wreath Workshop

Programs still in the “works” Halloween Ghost and History Walking Tour, an additional Lecture as part of the O’Connor Lecture Series and more to be announced in early September. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

The Dessert Shoppe
All of our Fall programs that take place at the Museum will feature our new The Dessert Shoppe where we will be offering desserts and beverages for a modest fee.

Science and Technology Lecture Series

Science and Technology
Lecture Series

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center proudly announces our new Science and Technology Lecture Series. Enjoy splendid food, fascinating facts, great conversation and engaging company though the Fall and Winter at 7pm on the second Thursday of every month at McGreiveys, one of this areas finest restaurants.
Waterford has an active and working harbor with a dozen or more boats from around the world docked here throughout the summer. Weekly Farmers Markets and countless annual special events have made Waterford an important destination. Three world-class canals and lock systems are central to our local history. Peebles Island (the State Park set on an island) boat launches, fishing wharfs and numerous hiking trails draw thousands here every summer.

Our new lecture series continues the Summer excitement into the Fall and Winter.

October 14, 2010: History of Emma Willard, Journey Through Waterford.
Trudy Hanmer, Teacher and Historian
November 11, 2010: Canoe and Kayak our Local Waterways PART ONE
Russell Dunn, Author
November 18, 2010: Introduction to Canoe and Kayaking PART TWO
Rich Macha, Owner of Adirondack Paddle and Pole
December 9, 2010: From River Village to Canal Town
Brad Utter, Director of WHMCC and Town Historian
January 13, 2011: Sleep and Dreaming, What do my dreams mean?**NOTE this lecture will be at the Broad Street Cafe, Broad Street Waterford
Dr. J.B. Goss, Clinician & Scientist
February, 10, 2011: The mid-nineteenth century disappearance of a young man.
Paul Schneider, Independent Historian.
March, 10, 2011: Ask the Wildlife Pathologist. Q&A on nature, wild animals and our environment. Ward Stone, State Wildlife Pathologist. At McGrievey’s, 7pm.

At McGreiveys, 91 Broad Street, Waterford, NY 12188

Program Runs 7-8pm, Registration Starts at 6:30pm
Food & Drink available for PURCHASE all evening.

The WHMCC nurtures, protects and preserves this rich heritage that annually brings visitors from around the world to our village. Get out of the house, come out of the cold and enjoy an evening of great food and conversation at our new Science and Technology Lecture Series.

Suggested donation is $6 per person ($5 members)
Food and Drink Are available for purchase throughout the evening.
Your host and moderator for the series is Museum Trustee, Dr J.B. Goss.
Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended by calling. 518-238-0809 or by

More details on each presentation will be distributed this Fall!