Milestones in the History of the Society
1971 September Extensive tour and exhibits at Schuyler Flatts Archeological Site led to interest in forming a Historical Society of the Town of Colonie.
November Group of citizens met and voted to establish The Society. The first official meeting was held at the Lishakill Church. Constitution and By-Laws were adopted and officers and trustees elected.
1972 May Granting of Charter by Regents of the University of the State of New York.
September Premiere of slide production "Colonie, the Settlement Outside the Fort."
1972-1975 Fall, Winter and Spring Meetings held at various historic sites in Town such as the Sisters of Carondelet Provincial House, Schuyler Flatts, Colonie Elks Lodge, Colonie Center Community Room, and several schools and churches.
1975 October Bicentennial exhibit, the Watervliet-Shaker Community, was held at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
1976 March Bicentennial play, The Contrast, was held at the Loudonville School.
Summer Society floats participated in Bicentennial Parades in Albany and Watervliet.
October First program meeting at the new Town Library.
1980 Town of Colonie: A Pictorial History, was published. It was compiled by Jean S. Olton with the assistance of Members Maurine Evans, Dee Herbrandson, Arthur Johnson, Elizabeth Shaver, Barbara Ruch Puig; with graphics done by Elizabeth Lee.
1981 February Exhibit of Colonie farm buildings at NY State Legislative Well.
1982 Colonie History Week: Lectures and Tours, 10th Anniversary Banquet, Century House.
1984 First Program Meeting at Pruyn House.
1986 Society float in Albany Tricentennial Parade.
1987 15th Anniversary Banquet, Shaker Ridge Country Club, Co-sponsorship of U.S. Constitutional Bicentennial Community Forums and Commemorative Programs.
1988 Participation in Statewide "Museum Market Place", NY State Museum. Several other programs were held on the U.S. Constitutional Bicentennial.
1995 Centennial Year. Several outstanding programs on local history held at Colonie Town Library including the Early Dutch, Trains and Transportation, Schuyler Flatts, Indians, the Erie Canal System and the Shakers.
1996 The Verdoy School was moved to the Pruyn House complex. There were many well attended programs at the Town Library on: Susan B. Anthony; Thaddeus Kosciusko and Conservation and Restoration of Old Paintings.
1997 Programs: Ms. Josephine Wierzbowska spoke on the life of Thaddeus Kosciusko; Tom Duclos, Curator of Collections at the NYS National Guard, gave a talk and slide show on the Civil War collection at the Military Museum; Tom Lyons, our Recording Secretary, presided over a tour of Albany's Pine Bush; Ned Pratt, Executive Director of Shaker Heritage Society, presented a program on the Shakers. Additionally, there was a display in the Society's Room at the Pruyn House of artifacts from the Brewster Carriage Works, followed by a display of beautifully decorated tins from Amol Bryan's store.
1998 Programs: Traveling the Loudon Plank Road, presented by Sharon Holub; Tour of Vischer Ferry, by John Scherer; History of the Schuyler Mansion, by Sue Haswell; and Civil War Hero, presented by William Pohlman and Mark Bodnar.
1999 Programs: Dr. Paul R. Huey, Archeologist, presented, the historical significance of the Schuyler Flatts through slides and a lecture; Director Nicholas Westbrook, of Fort Ticonderoga, discussed the French and Indian War Campaign of 1755-1760 and its effect on the Albany area; Lois Huey, Archeologist and Author, presented a slide program on Molly Brant, wife of Sir William Johnson; Paul Russell, Paul Huey and Tom Lyons led a tour of the Schuyler Flatts Archeological and Cultural Park in its beginning stages; and The Hudson Mohawk Gateway Industrial History was presented by Dr. P. Thomas Carrol, Director.
2000 January The Golden Age of Railroads: History of the West Albany Railroad Yards. Speaker: Richard Barrett, Railroad Historian.
March The Meneely Bells of West Troy, "Meneely Bells from All Over the World". Speaker: Gene Burns, Bell Scholar.
May Annual Dinner Meeting held at Hilton Garden Inn, History of Albany International Airport: Overview since its Inception 70 years ago. Speaker: Deborah Escobar, Researcher and Teacher.
September Tour of Shaker Lands of Early Watervliet (now Colonie). Speaker: Dr. Hank Williams, Director, Shaker Heritage Society.
November The Promised Land, from Mississippi to the South End to Rapp Road: An African-American Odyssey. Speaker: Emma Dickson, Rapp Road Historian.
2001 January The Mohicans: Native Americans of the Upper Hudson Area. Speaker: Steve Comer, Mohican Indian descendant.
March The People of Colonial Albany: History of Our Eighteenth Century Ancestors, by Dr. Stefan Bielinski, NYS Education Department.
May 30th Anniversary Dinner Meeting held at Hilton Garden Inn, The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution and the 225th Anniversary of the War. Speaker: James M. Johnson, Military Historian of the Hudson Valley.
Many programs are held at the William K. Sanford Library.

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