Celebrating Harris Hawthorne

Hoosick Township Historical Society Director, Joyce Brewer, stands with Hawthorne descendant Wayne DeSorb beside the newly installed historic marker celebrating the life of Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient Harris S. Hawthorne. This past weekend, the Hoosick Township Historical Society celebrated Armed Forces Day with the unveiling of a new historic marker celebrating Civil War … Continue reading Celebrating Harris Hawthorne

The Loyalist Perspective

Col. John Peters Autobiography used in his application for relief to the British government. June 5th, 1786, Pimlico, London, England SIR, I do not mean to take any pride from family, as you will conceive, nor to boast. of my exploits, but to relate my story in simplicity. I was born in Hebron, in Connecticut, … Continue reading The Loyalist Perspective

Freemasons in Hoosick

By Jason Dzembo  Nestled back on a grassy hill, just off the intersection of Hill Road and State Route 7, sits an unassuming green building. This building, the Grange Hall, is also the current home of Van Rensselaer-Star No. 400, F. & A.M., a stalwart Lodge of Freemasons, working to improve themselves and the communities in which … Continue reading Freemasons in Hoosick

The Life and Crimes of Winslow Russell

On October 24th, we presented the accounts of several Hoosick murders in a dramatic fashion on the lawn of the museum. During this event, Zachary Green of Buskirk portrayed the infamous scoundrel, Winslow Russell, wearing a top hat, long coat, and testy attitude. The script he used - abridged slightly from Russell's original - is … Continue reading The Life and Crimes of Winslow Russell

A Hoosac Myth Leads to an Extraordinary Discovery

Up at the Hoosac School, there’s a long-standing story passed down through generations of faculty and students crediting the invention of the incandescent light to a Tibbits family member and not to Thomas Edison. In fact, a letter from the 1940s discovered in the Hoosac archives, outright claims Edison stole the idea for the incandescent … Continue reading A Hoosac Myth Leads to an Extraordinary Discovery