Programs & Events


September 21, 2018, Friday, 7 PM:  The Rise and Fall of the Mahican Nation. Steve Trimm will join us again to give another interesting talk. He will display artifacts found searching the Hudson River shoreline. The program will highlight Native American paintings by his father, the internationally known illustrator, Wayne Trimm. Schodack Town Hall.

October 19, 2018, Friday, 7 PM: The History of Lionel Trains. By request, Ron Gabriele is returning to present another program for us. He will focus on the company’s founder, Joshua Lionel Cowan and how Lionel train history was influenced by world events. Esquatak members Tom and Kathy Palmatier will have a train layout set up. Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau at 42 Church St. (Route 20).

November 16, 2018, Friday, 7 PM:  History of the Banjo. Glenn Hankle, Esquatak Vice President, currently playing banjo with jazz bands and the Tri County Banjo Band will present a program discussing Banjo history in the United States. His program will conclude with an audience sing-along to traditional banjo music. Schodack Town Hall.


February 15, 2019, Friday, 7 PM: From Fitzgerald’s Brewery to the Beer Diviner: a history of beer making in Rensselaer County from 1791 to the present. Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County and Troy City historian will present an illustrated program on local beer making including some of the more lively stories associated with the brewing industry.  Schodack Town Hall.

 March 15, 2019, Friday, 7 PM: Nassau at 200 – Bicentennial of Nassau Village Incorporation. Kurt Vincent, Nassau Village Historian and Esquatak Board member will take a look at the last 200 years of Nassau history in word and pictures. Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau at 42 Church St. (Route 20). 

April 26, 2019, Friday 6 PM:  Annual meeting and turkey dinner. Speaker to be announced.  St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Rd. off Maple Hill Road, Castleton.   Sign up in the spring of 2019.

 June 1, 2019. Saturday 11:00 AM: Guided tour of Nassau Schodack Cemetery on Route 203 just south of the Village of Nassau. Nassau Village Historian Kurt Vincent will be our host leading us to the final resting places of the founding families of Nassau and eastern Schodack. After the tour enjoy your own picnic lunch under the shade of the old growth trees. No tables are available.