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“history on the go”

Rensselaer County Historical Society
Ranked #9 of 25 things to do in Troy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) is a dynamic not-for-profit established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. Situated in the picturesque downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the galleries and programs are located in two adjacent 19th century townhouses and a carriage house. Our furnished house museum is the historic and architecturally significant 1827 marble Hart-Cluett House while our Carr Building showcases several exhibits, outstanding archives and a research library. Throughout three seasons we offer Walking Tours and Hidden History Tours. In addition our renowned four day-long Holiday Greens Show opens every year one week after Thanksgiving each year since 1956. Enjoy holiday magic in the Hart-Cluett House Museum lushly decorated in live greens, fragrant garland and fresh flowers. Troy's widely popular Victorian Stroll grew from the beloved tradition that is the RCHS Green's Show.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 16 June 2016

There are many things ,they offer,but you must join or kee pup on them to know,sometimes they travel,there is a very large history libaray,so much to learn ,if you are that ttype did include a number to call,good hunting.
Discover the many unique opportunities for learning that the Rensselaer County Historical Society offers to visitors. Our extensive object and library collections, historic buildings, and historic neighborhood allow educators, students and adult groups to experience history firsthand.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at RCHS, 57 Second Street in historic downtown Troy. Street parking is available.
Call 518-272-7232 for more information. Some of our events require pre-registration.

History Comes to You
RCHS can bring history to you! We bring special presentations on the history of Rensselaer County to groups in and around the Capital Region. Potential presentation topics include an introduction to Rensselaer County history, the Underground Railroad, Uncle Sam, and more. For a brochure of Bringing Historyt oyou,there are many differant things to do during the year,some for many ages,including children you have to ck it out ,

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karinkl57, Executive Director at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

Brenda L.,
Nice to to read that you enjoyed RCHS and the great variety of treasures housed here! Yes, we do have "history on the go" presentations and they are popular with young students and adults. Do let us know if you have a special area of historical interest.
As you referenced our vast collection in our Research Library, I wish to let you know that you can call our main number, 518-272-7232 ext 11 for information on the library, programs, galleries & gift shop. Our staff is small (so we share one main phone line) but dedicated and your call will be returned if not answered on the spot. We hope that in future you will call again and we can assist you in the library.
Thanks for writing!

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Reviewed 23 May 2016

An incredible historic house museum with outstanding period décor, this institution offers learning opportunities and much more. Rotating exhibits highlight the history of Rensselaer County and the City of Troy, NY. A research library with outstanding printed and manuscript collections provides insight into 19th and early 20th century life in a city on the Hudson River with a vibrant commercial and industrial economy. A highlight of the annual calendar is the Greens Show in early December which coincides with Troy's popular Victorian Stroll.

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Melissa-B-RCHS, Front Office Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

cward222016, Glad to read you enjoyed our house museum, exhibits and library. We invite you to return for a one of our special Walking Tours! Thematic tours are offered most Saturdays in May, June, September & October leaving at 10:30 a.m. from the Information Booth at the Farmer's Market. Check out our website for details on theses tours and more. Thank you!

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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

RCHS has a permanent exhibit on Troy icon Uncle Sam plus changing exhibits
.one this year on Troy's Bicentennial. Very knowledgeable staff does periodic tours of gorgeous historic home next door plus tours in the city and county. I researched early businesses in the county in the library/archive. .a treasure trove.

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karinkl57, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2016

Dear Kelly48571,
Thank you for sharing your positive experience at RCHS. We are always happy to assist researchers and gallery visitors. If you would like to visit the Marble House aka Hart-Cluett Historic House Museum, please join us on the 2nd Saturday of most months for scheduled tours at 2 p.m. or contact us to set up a private tour time.

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

Interesting place to visit. Had some time in between watching womans hockey and had a wee visit. So much history!

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karinkl57, Manager at Rensselaer County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2016

JJthe Cruiser,
Very glad you had a great time visiting us. We wanted you you to know that each season we have new exhibits and tours so we hope you will stop in again! Thanks for your review.

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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Amazing old mansion, well-preserved and looked after, which gives a good feel for the styles and architecture of the period. It is well worth visiting when they put on their Christmas greenery exhibition - wreaths etc. Charming.

Thank Mark H
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