Stephentown Historical Society
Monthly Meetings & Events
   
This list of meetings is a historical review of past events, plus a list of planned upcoming events.
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July 2 @ 6:30 pm
Summer Potluck Supper & Naming of Area Roads.
Audience Participation
August 6
Stephentown Businesses
Tape and Audience Participation
September 10
Importance of the Civil War in Berkshire County
Slides by Stuart Murray
October 1
Dutch Culture in the Upper Hudson Valley
Slides by Ruth Piwonka
November 5
Barns of the Hudson Valley
Slides by Ted Hilscher
December 3 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Potluck Party and Stephentown Hotel Interviews
Audience Participation
 
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January 7
Geologic History of 12168
Dick Hamilton
February 4
Nostalgia Night
Audience Participation
March 4
Popular Culture of the 1840’s and 1850’s
Gregg Berninger
April 1
Sand Lake from Mills and Hotels of the 1800’s and 1900’s
  to Suburbia 2000
Mary French
May 6
Shape-Note Music
Greg and Jean Seiler
June 3
What’s New in Farming
Larry Eckhardt
June 30 @ 12 pm - 4 pm
21st Annual Strawberry Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm (formerly Koepp’s Farm), Route 22
July 1 @ 6:30 pm
Summer Potluck Party Bring a Dish to Share
 
August 3 @ 10 am – 4 pm
13th Annual Juried Craftfest
Fire Department Muster Field & Pavilion, Grange Hall Road
August 5
"The Honor of Command: General Burgoyne's Saratoga Campaign"
author Stuart Murray
August 31 @ 9 am – 3 pm (Rain Date - Sept 2)
Tag Sale
Gardner’s Field, Route 22
September 9
Stephentown Churches
Prelude to Exhibit
Slide Presentation by Pat & Don Bowman
September 21 to Oct. 21 (Fridays & Saturdays 1 - 4 pm)
Exhibit:  Stephentown Churches
Heritage Center
October 7
Local Genealogy Files
Eric Shyer
November 4
Meneely Bells
Eugene Burns
December 2 @ 6:30 pm
Potluck Party and Sinterklaus
 
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February 3
Guess Who?
Bring a Childhood Picture
March 3
Glass Bottles
David Buddenhagen
April 7
Beads and Furs
Ken Kullman
May 5
Bent and Broken Rocks with Dirt on Top
Reinhard "Bud" Wobus
June 2
Ropemaking in America
Mike Speranza
June 29 @ 12 - 4 pm
22nd Annual Strawberry Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 7
Summer Potluck Supper
Bring a Dish to Share
August 2@ 10 am - 4 pm
14th Annual Juried Craftfest
Fire Department Muster Field & Pavilion, Grange Hall Road
August 4
Violin Making
Ross Sterantino
August 30 @ 9 am - 3 pm
Tag Sale
Gardner's Field, Route 22
September 8
Rutland Railroad
Keith Steltz
September 20 - October 25 @ 1 - 4 pm Fridays & Saturdays
Exhibit: Rutland Railroad - Corkscrew Division
Heritage Center, Garfield and Staples Road
October 6
Troy’s Irish History
Jack Casey
November 3
Restoring Old Glass, Ceramics, Metal
Heidi Miksch
December 1
Christmas Potluck Supper and Party & Kitty Hawk Centennial
Bring a Dish to Share / Airplane Stories / Audience Participation
 
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January 5
Nursing’s Legacy at Albany Medical Center: 1897 - 2003
Mary French
February 2
Laugh-In: Funny Stories from the Past
Audience Participation
March 1
Shaker Life
Sharon Koomler
April 5
The Moffit Family
Barbara Urban
May 3
The Van Rensselaers & their Tenants
speaker
June 6
Special Program: A Scattered People
Gerald McFarland
June 7
The Eberle Brothers
Alfred Eberle
June 27 @ 11 am - 4 pm
23rd Annual Strawberry Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Summer Potluck Supper & Swim Program
Bring a Dish to Share
Norma Shaw
July 29
Field Trip:Olana and American Museum of Firefighting
 
August 2
Inns of Rensselaer County
Kathryn Sheehan
August 7 @ 9 am - 3 pm
Tag Sale
Gardner's Field, Route 22
September 13
The Shaping of New York: Muscle, Wind, Water
Robert Arnold
September 18 - 19
Exhibit: Hooked Rugs
Barbara T. Peterson
September 19 @ 11 am - 4 pm
1st Annual Fall Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
October 4
Legends of Rensselaer County
John Roy
November 1
Richmond Iron Works
William Edwards
December 6 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Potluck Supper & "Off the Record"
Wallace Stock
 
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January 3
Working with Wool
Isabel Krebs
February 7
History of the Bennington Museum
David Cass
March 5 – April 16
Exhibit: Hand Planting to Satellite Technology
  – Agriculture Since the Early 1800s
 
March 7
My First Job
Audience Participation
April 4
The American Civil War
Paul W. Marino
May 2
The French and Indian War
Guilliem Aubert
May 17
Field Trip: Bennington Museum
 
June 6
Stephentown Veterans
Panel Discussion
June 26 @ 11 am - 4 pm
24th Annual Strawberry Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 11
Summer Potluck Supper & “Yankee Doodle
Bring a Dish to Share
Stuart Murray
August 1
The Kansas Crisis: Before Lincoln’s 1860 Nomination
Drew Gibson
August 6 (Rain Date August 7) @ 9 am - 3 pm
Tag Sale
Gardner's Field, Route 22
September 12
Elroy Face Night
 
September 18
2nd Annual Fall Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
October 3
History of East Greenbush
Josephine Schweigert
November 7
Barns, Mills & Farmhouses
David Larkin
December 6 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Potluck Supper & Stories from my Family History
Audience Participation
 
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January 9
From Pole to Pole
Ed Kueppers
February 6
Quilts and Quilting
Beverley McClave & Donna Mullet & Audrey Foody
March 6
The Fur Trade and Trapping, Then and Now
Ronald W. Alund
April 3
A Mingo Warrior in the Ohio Valley
Timothy Case
May 2
The French and Indian War
Guilliem Aubert
May 1
Estes Mill in Hancock
Perry Whitman
June 5
Carriage Driving
Jeffrey Morse
June 25 @ 11 am - 4 pm
25th Annual Strawberry Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 10 @ 6:30
Summer Potluck Supper and "A View From the Hollow"
Bring a Dish to Share
David Jacobs
July 26
Field Trip: Bennington area: Barnett Homestead, Bennington Battlefield, and Park-McCullough House
 
August 5 @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date August 6)
Tag Sale
Gardner's Field, Route 22
August 7
Ballooning
Dawn Morin
September 11
Women in Medicine
Clellie Lynch
September 17 @ 11 am - 4 pm
3rd Annual Fall Festival
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
October 2
Immigration, Overpopulation, and Abandoned Children
Nancy Payne
November 6
Underground Railroad
Scott Christianson
December 4 @ 6:30 pm
Christmas Potluck Party
Audience Participation
 
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January 8
Arthur Cowee, the Gladiolus King
Sharon Klein
February 5
Funeral Customs
Kathy Sheehan
March 5
Native Americans in Berkshire and Columbia Counties
Lion G. Miles
April 2
Laura Secord: Heroine of the War of 1812
Gary Leveille
May 7
Kristie – movie featuring local people
Isabel Krebs
June 4
Mame Fay’s Place
Ann Marie Lanesy
July 2
Summer Potluck Supper Program - Bring a Dish to Share
 
August 6
Albany Silver & Silversmiths
Walter Wheeler
September 10
Fireworks
Paul Guilbeault
September 12
Field Trip: Crailo and Schuyler Mansions
 
October 1
The Story Walker on the Appalachian Trail
Kathleen Gill
October 20 @ 1 pm - 4 pm
Scavenger Hunt and Harvest Dinner
Bev McClave, organizer
November 5
14th Century Armor
Jeff Mann
December 3
Christmas Potluck Supper - (optional gift exchange) & "Early Breweries"
Roger Savoy
 
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January 7
How Has Stephentown Changed?
Audience Participation
February 4
Stone Walls
Terry Lamphere
March 3
The WPA
David Larkin
April 7
Vintage Snowmobiles
Charles M. Ballard
May 5
Stephentown Heritage Center - 20th Anniversary
Audience Participation
June 2
"On This Site Was ..." - Rensselaer County Historical Markers
Kathryn Sheehan
July 7 @ 6:30 pm
Summer Potluck Supper & "Bread Through the Ages
Jennifer Fenander
August 4
Vintage Trail Bikes
James Hoellerich
September 8
Music of Yesteryear
Wallacy Stock
October 6
Growing Up in Nazi Germany
Stephen Sell
November 3
Native American Cuisine
Lisa Ballantyne (aka, Little Wolf)
December 1 @ 6:30 pm
Potluck Supper & Christmas Decorations
Kathryn Sheehan
 
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January 5
One Room Schoolhouses
Photographer Paul Rocheleau
February 2
What Is It? - From an Antiques Expert
Tom Carpentier
March 2
Salem Mass. of 1692
Author M. E. Kemp (aka, Marilyn Rothstein)
April 6
17th Century Dutch Clothing
Ericka Nuckles
May 4
The Colonial Physician
Reenactor Stuart Lehman
June 1
Filming ‘Taking Woodstock
Audience participation
June 28 @ 11 am - 4 pm
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more ...
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 6
Potluck Supper & 225th Anniversary of Stephentown
Lorri Parisi
July 25 @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date July 26)
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Rte. 22
August 3
Light on the Past - 300th Anniversary of the Hudson River
Stuart Lehman
September 13 @ 11:30 am - 1 pm
Community Chicken Bar-B-Q
Giffy's Bar-B-Q with Eckhardt's Corn and homemade desserts.
Fire Pavilion, Grange Hall Road
September 14
The Rent Wars
Michael Barrett
September 16 @ 8:45 am
Field Trip: Bronck Museum in Coxsackie
 
October 5
Echoes of the Echo
Tom Bleezarde
November 2
TBA
speaker
December 7 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Potluck & Herman Knickerbocker - ‘The Prince of Schaghticoke’
Steve O’Connor
 
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January 4
Saving History
Matthew Carr
February 1
The Life of a Limner: Folk Art Painting, Portraits and Decorations in Upstate New York
Matthew McKeeby
March 1
The Tradition of Oxen Driving
Ralph Hartzell
April 5
Restoring Cemeteries
Joseph Ferrannini
May 3
The First Female Photographer
Joanne Jennings
June 7
Historic Wedding Dresses
Anne Kiely
June 27 @ 11 am - 4 pm  ·  Details Here Calendar Icon
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more ...
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
Print your own color poster: 8.5x11 or 8.5x14
July 12
Potluck Supper & 17th Century Dutch Vernacular Architecture
Walter Wheeler
August 2
On the Trail of Henry Hudson and Our Heritage through the Municipal Seals of New York State
Marvin Bubie
Presented jointly with the Stephentown Memorial Library
Location change: Stephentown Fire Hall
August 28 @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date August 29)  ·  Details Here Calendar Icon
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Rte. 22
September 13
The Story of Mum Bett
David Levinson & Emilie Piper
September 19 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Chicken Bar-B-Q at Fireman's Muster
Giffy's Bar-B-Q with Eckhardt's Corn and homemade desserts.
Fire Hall, Grange Hall Road
September 21 @ 9:30 am
Field Trip: Firefighters Museum in Hudson   Olana
See calendar for detils.
October 4
The Shaker Museum and Library: The First 60 Years and the Future
David Stocks
November 1
The Munsee and the Mahicans in the Time of Henry Hudson - New York State Council for the Humaities
Dr. Laurence Hauptman
December 6
Pot Luck Supper follow ed by : Penny Whistles or Tin Whistles
Marilee Urbanczyk
 
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January 10
A Tour of the SHS Website
Dick Rhindress
February 7
Morgan’s Artillery
John "Mac" McEvilly
March 7
"Tell me about it..." The Stephentown Memorial Library’s Story Telling Project
Laurenne Teachout and Friends
April 4
The Hudson-Mohawk Region: Silicon Valley of the 19th Century
P. Thomas Carroll
May 2
The Restoration of the Heritage Center Ceiling
Adam Squires
June 6
Historic Indian Clothing of the Northeast Woodlands
Jennifer Lee
June 26 @ 11 am - 4 pm  ·  Details Here Calendar Icon
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more...
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
July 11
Potluck Supper & The Postenkill: Waterfalls to Waterworks
John Warren, Jr.
July 30 @ 9 am - 3 pm
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Route 22.
August 1
Freeing Charles - The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War
Scott Christianson
September 12
The Rensselaer Plateau
Jim Bonesteel
October 1
Field trip on the Berkshire Scenic Railway
October 3
Historic Indian Clothing of the Northeast Woodlands
Jennifer Lee
November 7
Antique Toys
Marilyn Sassi
December 5
Potluck Supper & The History of Coffee and New York
Fred Cashmere
 
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January 9
The Roosevelts in New Lebanon
Presented by Jennifer Allard
February 6
Native American Sites in Rensselaer County, including the Stephentown Mounds
Presented by Warren F. Broderick
March 5
The Mount: The Home and Estate of Edith Wharton
Presented by Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch
April 2
A Civil War Veteran Twenty Years After
Presented by Re-enactor Tim Chase
May 7
Clara Barton
Presented by Phyllis Chapman
June 4
Crane Paper
Presented by Peter Hopkins
June 30 @ 11 am - 4 pm
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more ...
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
Map: Click Here
July 9
Potluck Supper at 6:30 PM
Bluebird Society of New York
Presented by Norman Frye
July 28 @ 9 am - 3 pm
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Route 22.
August 6
The Troy Draft Riots
Presented by Michael Barrett
September 10
Originally Scheduled: W. J. Cowee: The Man and the Company by Sharon Klein replaced with Three Centuries on the Hudson River, Staats Island near Castleton-on-Hudson
Presented by Author William Staats
October 1
The Underground Railroad
Presented by Paul and Mary Liz Stewart
November 5
The War of 1812 and its Particular Meaning for Pittsfield
Presented by James Parrish
December 5
Potluck Supper & The Old Dutch Church on Berlin Mountain
Presented by Sharon Klein
 
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January 7
Memories of the '50s in Stephentown
Presented by a panel of local residents with audience participation
February 4
Originally "scheduled:" The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln by Lance Ingmire was replaced with the Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg this Summer
Presented by Re-enactors Mac McEvilly and Bob Shuey
March 4
Berkshire Glass Works
Presented by Julie Sloan
April 1
Covered Bridges
Presented by Lloyd Schiesser
May 6
W. J. Cowee: the Man and the Company
Presented by Sharon Klein
June 3
Feathers of Hope: Berkshire Bird Paradise and the Human Connection With Birds
Presented by Author Barbara Chepaitis
June 23 @ 11 am - 4 pm
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more ...
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
Print your own poster: 8.5x11
Map: Click Here
July 1
Potluck Supper at 6:30 PM
Birds and Wildlife: How Times have Changed
Presented by Gayle Tardif-Raser
July 20 @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date July 21)
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Route 22. $20 for your own site.
Contact 733-5170 for more information.
August 5
The Knickerbocker Mansion
Presented by Stana Iseman
September 9
Stephentown Schoolhouses
Presented by Pat Flint and Marilyn Osgood
September 21 @ 9:30 am
Field Trip: Knickerbocker Mansion
Carpool from Heritage Center at 10:00 - Cost $10.00
October 7
The Unsinkable Mollie Brown
Presented by Phyllis Chapman
November 3 (Sunday)
The Stephentown Historical Society will observe its 40th Anniversary with an Open House from 2-5 today at the Heritage Center on the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads. The celebration will include a tribute to the founders, exhibits, games, hors d'ouevres, cake and ice cream at 4:00. There will be two raffles, one for a gift basket and one for a floral centerpiece. These will be drawn at 4:30. (Attendance not necessary) The Society will recognize the long-time support from the Town, and the generosity of its friends and members.
Print your own poster: 8.5x11
November 4
Mohican Artifacts
Presented by Rene Wendell
December 2
Potluck Supper at 6:30 PM & Arnold on Arnold: How Benedict Arnold Won the American Revolution
Presented by Robert Arnold
December 7
For Our New Lebanon Neighbors: The Lebanon Valley Historical Society and the New Lebanon Economic Development Committee jointly announced the grand opening of the Lebanon Valley Heritage Center, on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at noon. The Heritage Center is located in the Valley Plaza Mall in New Lebanon.
The Center will use displays, books, old newspapers and magazines, photographs, paintings and drawings, videos, furniture, and artifacts, to showcase the rich historical and environmental heritage of New Lebanon. These include Mount Lebanon, the leading Shaker community in the world; the famous Spa at Lebanon Springs; the birthplace and grave of NY Governor Samuel J. Tilden, winner of the popular vote in the disputed presidential election of 1876; the Shaker Swamp; and the sites of the visit in 1842 by Charles Dickens. The Center also will function as a visitors bureau, to serve the needs of tourists for maps; listings of dining and lodging establishments, upcoming events, recreational or cultural activities; and other local information.
Speakers at the grand opening will include Mike Benson, Supervisor of the Town of New Lebanon; Steve Oberon, President of the Historical Society, and Max Gitter, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee.
 
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January 6
Four Native American Archeological Sites in Rensselaer County, New York
An illustrated talk by Andy Krievs, Project Director, Hartgen Archeological Associates, Inc.
February 3
Guesss Who's Who
Moderated by Pat Flint with audience participation
March 3
The American Chestnut
Presented by E. Kenneth James
Print your own poster: 8.5x11
April 7
Herman Meville
Presented by Arrowhead Curator Will Garrison
May 5
100th Anniversary of the Mohawk Trail
Lauren R. Stevens
June 2
The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future
David Stocks
Sunday, June 22 @ 11 am - 4 pm
Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, ice cream, good company, and more ...
The Berry Patch, Route 22, Stephentown, NY
July 7 @ 6:00 pm
Our First Annual Picnic* is being held at the
Stephentown Firehall Pavilion on Grange Hall Rd.

A Holiday Program of Readings and Songs. Bring a Patriotic Poem to read aloud.
*Bring a dish to share ~ side dish or dessert. Hamburgers, hot dogs, table service, & beverages are provided.
July 26 @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date July 27)
Community Tag Sale
Start the weekend off right. Exchange your castoffs for someone else's treasures - or vice versa.
Field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Route 22. $20 for your own site.
Contact (518) 733-5170 for more information.
August 4
Stephentown Doctors of the 18th and 19th Centuries
A talk by Town Historian Pat Flint
August 18
REMINDER: OPEN HOUSE AT LEBANON VALLEY HERITAGE CENTER
 
PHOTO ID NIGHT AT THE HERITAGE CENTER!
The Lebanon Valley Historical Society will host an open house at the Heritage Center from 6 to 8pm. Attendees will be asked to dig deep into their memories to help identify some of the photos that have been given to the LVHS over the years without descriptions or labels. The LVHS is also trying to locate and record the old roads that used to connect various places within New Lebanon. These are now only tracks in the woods and most are unknown to younger and more recent residents of the town.
This is a great opportunity to get to see what is available at the Heritage Center and at the same time be part of recreating New Lebanon's past. Help give these photos an identity and place the old roads back on the map! The usual fine assortment of refreshments will be served and all are welcome. The Heritage Center is located in the Valley Plaza next to Bucky's Bagels.
September 8
Lucy Larcom, a 19th Century New England Textile Worker
Phyllis Chapman
October 6
Murders in Stephentown
Pat Flint
November 3
Bee Keeping
Maggie Brown
December 8
Potluck Supper at 6:30 PM. For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share: main course, salad or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry. Note that this event is the second Monday of the month. Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting. After dinner Tom Kernan will tell some history of Christmas decorations.
 
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January 5
Stephentown Notables Part 2
Pat Flint
Febuary 2
Meeting Cancelled due to Weather (1950 Race Tracks In Rensselaer County)
Ken Gypson
March 2
Historical Songs of New York
Dave Ruch, musician and historian extra ordinaire
April 6
Illustrated talk on the Erie Canal
Tom Ragosta, Watervliet City Historian
Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19
Arts and Artisan Showcase for the talented women of Stephentown An exhibit of their work will be held at the Stephentown Heritage Center on Saturday, April 18, from 10-4. On Sunday, April 19, from 1-4, there will be a reception for these talented women. Light refreshments will be served.
If you have ever attended a Stephentown pot luck supper, you are well aware of the culinary skills of Stephentown women. However, the talents of Stephentown women extend far beyond the kitchen to include painting, sulpting, knitting, crocheting, spinning, dying, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, needlepoint, basket making, soap making, and stained glass crafting. The women featured in the Showcase include Phyllis Defreest, Lynn Drumm, Bernice Gawron, Isabel Krebs, Tammy Madden, Florence Mason, Pat Mohos, Donna Mullet, Laurie Perrin, Barbara Peterson, Meredith Rhindress, Lisa Wheeler and Grace Zema. The Showcase is free and open to the public. The Stephentown Heritage Center is located at the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads and is handicapped accessible. For any question, call 733-5935.
May 04
The Stephentown Historical Society's Cemetery Committee has made some interesting discoveries in recent research on the over seventy burial spots in town; Pat Flint, Marilyn Osgood, Linda Sullivan and Dave Cummings have contributed to this work. Flint will highlight some of the customs of long ago and tell of those memorialized. In addition to local doctors and innkeepers, even abolitionist John Brown gets some mention.
June 1
250 Years of the Douglas Family Farm

The Douglas Farm on Osgood Road in Stephentown was settled 250 years ago by William Douglas. Isabel Krebs, present-day owner and a descendant of William Douglas, will give an illustrated talk about the farm and the history of the Douglas family on Monday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Stephentown Historical Society's Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, New York. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010 .
William Douglas and his family arrived from Canaan, Connecticut, in 1765 and built a log cabin in what was then Jericho, Massachusetts. He and his father Asa, a slightly later settler, fought at the Battle of Bennington and other actions during the American Revolution. In 1787 boundary disputes between Massachusetts and New York were settled in a way that placed the cabin and about one-third of the Douglas land in New York State. The log cabin was replaced by a colonial style house in 1824. After it was destroyed by fire in 1967, a ranch house was built on the site to which a second storey was later added. The present barn dates to 1824.
The talk will tell how this land stayed in the same family for 250 years and highlight some of the distinguished military contributions of the family, including the Civil War service of Captain (later Brigadier General) Henry B. Osgood.
Some sixty descendants of William Douglas will gather from all over the United States on June 19 to celebrate the Douglas Farm's 250 years.
An unveiling ceremony for an historical marker for the farm will be on June 20. The marker is funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which has funded over 240 historic markers in New York State since 2006.

June 28 @ 11 am - 4 pm
Strawberry Festival
Locally grown, freshly picked strawberries will be served on sponge cake or home-baked biscuits with whipped cream, or with ice cream for sundaes. Strawberry-rhubarb pie a la mode and whole strawberry-rhubarb pies will also be sold. The Berry Patch offers jams, jellies, strawberries and a wide array of marvelous fruits and vegetables to take home. The Berry Patch is 1.7 miles south of the Stephentown traffic light. For additional information, call (518) 733-5170 or 794-8430, or find directions at www.theberrypatch.net.
The Stephentown Strawberry Festival began in 1982 when the historical society was in its infancy and was preparing for the town's 1984 bicentennial celebration. In the course of over 30 years volunteers from the society have picked and prepared about two tons of strawberries and dished up over 6000 servings of this delectable local product.
The Berry Patch of Stone Wall Hill Farm, Route 22
Print your own poster: 8.5x11
Map: Click Here
July 6 @ 6:00 pm
Patriotic potluck picnic
Stephentown Firehall Pavilion on Grange Hall Rd.

The summer potluck picnic of the Stephentown Historical Society will be Monday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the Stephentown Firehall Pavilion, Grange Hall Road, Stephentown, New York. The society is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, rolls and condiments, as well as the usual table service and beverages. All that is needed to complete the menu is for folks to bring side dishes or desserts.
The event is free and open to the public. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.
The entertainment for the evening has a patriotic theme, so think of a poem, story or song you can contribute to help celebrate the nation's birthday.
Monday August 3 @ 7:30 pm
Deana Mallory, Director of Public Programs for the Bennington Museum, will give an illustrated talk on the Battle for Bennington on Monday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Historical Society's Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, New York. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.
The battle for Bennington took place on August 16, 1777. British troops planned to raid Bennington, Vermont, for supplies, horses and draft animals to aid in their Saratoga campaign. They were met ten miles west at Walloomsac, New York, by rebel forces led by General John Stark, reinforced by men led by Colonel Seth Warner and members of the Green Mountain Boys, and soundly defeated. Mallory will place this important victory in context of the entire war. Mallory, a Sand Lake, New York, resident, has been at the Bennington Museum for ten years. She has a Bachelor's degree in anthropology and a Master's degree in education.
The Stephentown Heritage Center is located at the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads and is handicapped accessible. For any question, call 733-5935.
Saturday, August 8th @ 9 am - 3 pm (Rain Date Sunday, August 9th)
Community Tag Sale
Assess your attic. Cull your cupboards. Besiege your basement. Grub out your garage. Raise some funds for your organization or put some cash in your pocket by selling your treasures at the Stephentown Community Tag Sale.
Selling spaces will be available for individuals or organizations for only $20.00. Bring your own tables, chairs, shade, and any other needed equipment. Vendors should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the sale. Call 518-794-8430 with any questions and to reserve a site. Pre-reservations are not required.
The Historical Society will not have items for sale under its own tent. Please do not leave any donations at the Heritage Center.
The highly visible and convenient location is the grassy field south of Gardner's Coffee Shop on Route 22 in Stephentown, NY. This event has attracted a large crowd of shoppers in past years. And the parking is free.
Monday, September 14th @ 7:30 pm
Phyllis Chapman will present Women of the Revolution-Backstage Heroines. The female half of the American populace participated the Revolution in many forms ... willingly and unwillingly. Conventional history has been remiss in adequately noting the support and exploits of women as battles raged in their towns, and foreign invaders threatened their homes and way of life. The ride of Paul Revere is well known - and embellished - but what about that of young Sybil Ludington? Who was the woman whose writings gave voice to the revolutionary spirit, and whose concerns about the new Constitution later took form as the Bill of Rights? Known and unknown, patriot and Tory, find how women were key players in the Revolution.
Phyllis has been portraying historic figures for 15 years, starting at the Bennington Museum. She was an art teacher for 21 years as well. She has a Master's degree in Museum Education from Skidmore College. In period correct costume, and speaking in the first person, she introduces you to people you could never meet anywhere (or any time) else. Listen to their stories, see where they lived, examine artifacts, participate in an interactive program and come away from the evening with a richer understanding of our history.
The Stephentown Heritage Center is located at the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads and is handicapped accessible. For questions or directions, call 733-5935.
Monday, October 5th @ 7:30 pm
Halloween will happen early for the Stephentown Historical Society at the Heritage Center, corner of Staples and Garfield Roads (County Route 26), Stephentown, New York. Folks are invited to share their reminiscences of Halloween costumes, celebrations, tricks and treats.
The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010
Monday, November 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Ken Gypson will give an illustrated talk on the Race Tracks the flourished in Rensselaer County in the 1950s. The program is free.
The Stephentown Heritage Center is located at the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads and is handicapped accessible. For questions or directions, call 733-5935.
Monday, December 7th @ 7:30 pm
The Stephentown Historical Society will hold its holiday potluck dinner on Monday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Heritage Center, Garfield Road County Route 26), Stephentown, New York. Officers and board members will be elected at the brief business meeting. Tom Kernan will give an after-dinner talk on the origin of America's Christmas.
For the dinner, bring a dish large enough to share: main course, side dish or dessert. Beverages and table service are provided. Instead of a gift exchange, a monetary collection will be taken to support the Stephentown Food Pantry.
The Stephentown Heritage Center is located at the corner of Garfield and Staples Roads and is handicapped accessible. All programs are open to the public and free. For questions or directions, call 733-5935.
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