Programs & Events

September 16, 2016, Friday, 7 PM:   The Meneely Bell Foundries. Eugene P. Burns will present his research on Meneely Bells.   Andrew Meneely and sons established foundries in Watervliet and Troy in the 19th Century that made over 65,000 bells for churches, schools, city halls and lighthouses across the US and beyond.  Mr. Burns’ talk will be illustrated with images of the factories, bells and locations.  Schodack Town Hall.

October 21, 2016, Friday, 7 PM:  Victorian and Vintage Clothing.   Esquatak Trustee Claudette Coderre-Wicks will display early clothing and present information on the evolution of fashion.   If you have clothing worn before 1950, please bring it to the meeting to display with a card stating approximate date and description for a Show and Tell after Claudette’s presentation.  Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau at 42 Church St. (Route 20). 

November 18, 2016, Friday, 7 PM:  Jewish Immigrant Farmers in the towns of Nassau and Schodack.  Esquatak Trustees Diane Hutchinson and Kurt Vincent will present information from a year-long research study of this little known bit of history.  Rensselaer County was once the second most populous area of Jewish agricultural development in New York State.    Schodack Town Hall.

February 17, 2017, Friday, 7 PM:   “Fun on Two Wheels: The Beginnings of the Bicycle.”    Former Esquatak President and small-time bicycle collector David Chinery will discuss the early days of bicycling, up to World War I, and how this simple machine changed the world.  Vignettes of bicycling history in the Capital District will be discussed.  Schodack Town Hall.

April 21, 2017, Friday 6 PM:  Annual meeting and turkey dinner.  Following dinner, Steve Trimm will fascinate us with his portrayal of President Ulysses S. Grant focusing on Grant’s early years.  St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Rd. off Maple Hill Road, Castleton.   Sign up in the spring of 2017.

June 3, 2017. Saturday 10 AM:  Mountainview Cemetery tour with Norman Wiley, president of the Castleton Cemetery Association.  We will explore the crypt and old section of the cemetery as well as see impressive markers there.  Meet near the Veterans Memorial on 43 Scott Avenue in Castleton.  Bring your own lawn chair and picnic lunch to enjoy after the tour.