Tuesday, October 1, 2013

THANK YOU CanalWays and Programs Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Business Sponsors
Pioneer Bank
Folmsbee Transportation Inc.
Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency
Dave Meager

Thank You to Our Concert Under the Stars Sponsors

“A Friend”
Erie Canalway
National Heritage Corridor
Town of Waterford
Village of Waterford

Holiday Wine and Cheese Tasting

Join us for our annual wine and cheese tasting on Friday, December 6th, 7-9 p.m. at the Museum. We will be featuring New York State Wines. A local wine expert will be on hand to discuss the wines.
Admission to the Open House will be $10, which will include a special hand etched wine glass keepsake.
Friday, December 6th, 7-9 p.m. at the Museum

Tuesdays at 10

Tuesdays at 10 program series Each program starts at 10:00am on the date indicated, at the Museum. Cost to attend each program:
$5/member $6/general public

October 29th, 10am
Public Health & Medicine in Rensselaer County, 1860-1960.
As industry and transportation systems boomed in Rensselaer County after the Civil War, rising population numbers, overcrowded housing, poor sanitation and an overtaxed fresh water supply presented a dangerous risk to public health and exposed a need for partnerships between government agencies, medical personnel and social services. Join Rensselaer County Historian Kathy Sheehan, the woman behind Rensselaer County Historical Society's current exhibit, For the Public Good: Health & Medicine in Rensselaer County, 1860-1960, as she shares her research into the history of this important subject.

November 12th, 10am
Director's Choice: Collection Show and Tell
Only a small percentage of Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center's large object collection is on public display at any given time. Ever wonder what else the museum has in its collection? Take this rare opportunity to sit down with Director Brad Utter as he shares his knowledge about an assortment of handpicked objects from the museum's collection and satisfy that curiosity.
December 3rd, 10am
Stories from Stone

The saying goes, dead men tell no tales, but historians beg to differ. While the dead can no longer tell their stories, many have left clues to their lives behind. Sometimes all it takes is a single grave stone to begin the journey to rediscovering a life once lived. Become acquainted with several of Waterford Rural Cemetery's long dead residents, and learn how historical research gives real meaning to that other saying, gone but not forgotten. 

Mourning in the Afternoon: A Look at Death in American History

Mourning in the Afternoon: A Look at Death in American History

Speakers will explore topics relating to death in American history, looking at mourning art, burial preparation and cultural traditions.

SAVE THE DATE-Saturday, November 9th
Place:  Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
           133 Broad Street, Waterford, NY
Program start times are at 2pm and 3pm.
Admission:  Single Admission -    $10
                    Admission for Two - $15
Proceeds to benefit the Waterford Historical Museum and
Cultural Center

Due to the nature of the venue, an alternate date of Saturday, November 16th has been reserved in the event that Brendese Funeral Home is unable to host the program on the 9th. Check with WHMCC's website, facebook page or call the museum at (518) 238-0809 the week of November 4th to verify the date of the special event.

We will add details to our website as more
information becomes available. !

Winter Series at McGreivey’s

The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center proudly announces our fourth annual Winter Series (formally known as the 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 Tuesday of every month at McGreivey’s, one of this areas finest restaurants.
Programs run 7-8pm, registration starts at 6:30pm. Food & Drink available for PURCHASE all evening. Suggested donation is $6 per person ($5 members).

Come in out of the cold and join us for the following talks/discussions:

November 12th- Story of the Tug Annex, with local author Russ VanDervoort. Travel the old canal with Russ as he gives a presentation about his ancestor’s tug during 1893-1922. The Annex was the first viable tug used on the old Champlain Canal and has a great story. You will he about its involvement in the D & H Canal, Roundout Creek, the Hudson River, Ti Creek, Original Champlain Canal and Champlain Barge Canal.

December 10th– Birds of the Mohawk River Corridor between Waterford and Crescent with John Hershey- This program will include a PowerPoint presentation on the history, habitat, and birds of the Mohawk River corridor between Waterford and Crescent. The focus will be on rare, uncommon, and common birds found in this area. Among the many birds that have been photographed along this corridor and will be discussed in the program are: the American White Pelican, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sanderling, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

January 14th -Under Water: The Flood of 1913, with local historians from Highlighting History. In late March 1913, a significant storm swept into the northeast and brought devastating floods. This talk will highlight how communities throughout the Capital District, especially those along the Hudson River like Albany, Troy, Watervliet, and Waterford, were affected.

February 11th- “Recent Archeological Finds on the Old Champlain Canal in Waterford” by Hartgen Archeological Associates Archeology

March 11th- Irish Revolutionaries: The Fenian Brotherhood in Troy, Cohoes, and Waterford with 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.

"I'm Humble Abraham Lincoln..." October 21st Annual Meeting at the Waterford-Halfmoon High School Auditorium

This year’s O’Connor Lecture will feature Phil Jessen who will be portraying Abraham Lincoln at our Annual Meeting on Monday, October 21st at 7pm. The Life Member of The Association of Lincoln Presenters will give a 45 minute presentation consisting of a series of stories about Lincoln’s life, presented in the first person, from his birth in Kentucky to his death. True to Lincoln, there will be a blend of actual fact and humor in the presentation. For more information about Jenson please visit his website at www.lincolnlives.com .

Admission: Free for Members; $5 for non-members.
Time: Business Meeting will begin at 6:45 and the presentation will begin at 7pm.
Location: The school is located at 125 Middletown Road in Waterford.

Fall and Winter Programs

Upcoming Programs- Details on each program to be announced soon.
21st-Annual Meeting and O’Connor Lecture, "I'm Humble Abraham Lincoln..." 7pm at the Wfd-H School
29th– “Public Health & Medicine in Rensselaer County, 1860-1960,” Tuesdays at 10, 10am at the Museum

9th- “Mourning in the Afternoon: A Look at Death in American History,” 2 & 3 pm at Brendese Funeral Home.
12th- “Director's Choice: Collection Show and Tell,” Tuesdays at 10, 10am at the Museum
12th- “Story of the Tug Annex,” Winter Series, 7pm at McGreivey’s

3rd- “Stories from Stone,” Tuesdays at 10, 10am at the Museum. Holiday Gift Shop will be OPEN during this event.
6th- Annual Holiday Wine and Cheese Tasting, 7pm-9pm at the Museum. Holiday Gift Shop will be OPEN during this event.
10th- “Birds of the Mohawk River Corridor between Waterford and Crescent,” Winter Series, 7pm at McGreivey’s

14th- “Under Water: The Flood of 1913,” Winter Series, 7pm at McGreivey’s

12th-”Recent Archeological Finds on the Old Champlain Canal in Waterford,” Winter Series, 7pm at McGreivey’s

11th-"Irish Revolutionaries: The Fenian Brotherhood in Troy, Cohoes, and Waterford ," Winter Series, 7pm at