Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Saving Our Liberty & Confirming Our Independence:
Rensselaer County in the War of 1812
TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) will open a new exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The exhibit opens on Saturday, September 15, 2012, with a Curator’s Talk at 1:00pm. The exhibit runs through December 22, 2012.
The exhibit is sponsored in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.
By concentrating on the personal histories of Rensselaer County individuals, the exhibit expands our understanding of this often forgotten war. Through art, objects, letters and other personal accounts this exhibit explores how the County’s citizens prepared for conflict, responded to the war at home, deployed troops from the banks of the Hudson and advanced New York into becoming the Empire State.
Key artifacts include a ceremonial sword presented to Major General John Ellis Wool, featuring an engraved image of the Battle of Queenston Heights, in which Wool and other county residents played an important role, a model of the Greenbush Cantonment where troops gathered prior to leaving for the war front on the New York/ Canada border, a document showing initial opposition by Troy residents to the United States becoming involved in a war with Great Britain and several items relating to Samuel Wilson, the man who eventually became Uncle Sam.
The exhibit focuses on five main themes; a new nation challenged, preparing for conflict, home front, off to war and the aftermath.
Programming during the exhibit includes an Uncle Sam themed History Walk on Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 am. The tour departs from the Market Table at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market. Tour is $5 per person, free for RCHS members.
Stacy Pomeroy Draper, RCHS curator, is available to give illustrated lectures about the exhibit.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We strive to enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story.
RCHS is located at 57 Second Street, Troy NY 12180.
Celebrating 85 years of keeping Rensselaer County history alive.
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