While you're at the museum this Thursday for our first Open Air Art Show on the lawn, be sure to purchase your ticket to win the beautiful "Flowers in the Attic Window" quilt by local artist Diane Ahrberg. Print your ticket(s) in advance and drop it/them off this weekend or any time before the drawing … Continue reading It’s Raffle Time!
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
Gilbert Wright, a lifelong member of the Hoosick Township Historical Society passed away on February 21, 2021 at the age of 92. Gilbert served as the Town of Hoosick Historian, as a HTHS board member, colleague in education, and a wonderful friend. His knowledge of the history of our community is preserved in the many … Continue reading Thank you Gilbert Wright
Visit our Events page and find a timeline compiled by former town historian Gilbert E. Wright.
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
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
By James F. Mooney Chief of Police, Hoosick Falls, New York, as Told to John S. Thorp Rick Brownell as Police Chief Mooney at Murder in the Valley of the Owl (October 24, 2020). The ghost of Hoosick Falls rose from its grave that stormy, windy night in April . The ghost occupied the old … Continue reading The Skeleton That Came to Life
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
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
Hoosick Falls is no stranger to murder and mystery and on October 24th, listen to three such tales by the fire on the lawn at the museum. In the meantime, here’s an examination of one such crime still echoing through the valley of the owls more than 221 years later. It was October 15th, 1799. … Continue reading A Mapletown Murder