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.