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Upcoming Programs and Events

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  • Wednesday, December 14: the SLHS Holiday Gathering is back after two years of Covid hiatus,  (please note that this is a change from earlier announcements in both date and venue). This is a members-only potluck, and all are requested (as you are able) to bring a dish to share. SLHS Trustees will provide beverages and desserts! There is no admission fee but members are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food for Doors of Hope. 6:00 p.m., at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts. The theme is a Celebration of Sand Lake History and will feature the premiere performance of a short play, “Christmas Eve at the Knowlson House, 1852.” If you already don’t know why that date is significant to Sand Lake history, you’ll have just have to come and find out! Please follow this link to RSVP by Monday, December 12. outside link logo
  • Saturdays in November and December: The Dan Sekellick Visual Arts Gallery at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, originally the 1835 First Presbyterian Church and later Sand Lake’s first Town Hall, is hosting an Exhibit of Sand Lake Historical Society and Town Historian's Office collections during the months of November and December. This will coincide with our Holiday Gathering December 14 (above) at the Center as well as Veterans Day.

    The exhibit will include a “home for the holidays” military display and themed Christmas trees, along with SLHS artifacts and historic photographs of Sand Lake. One tree will feature ornaments honoring currently-serving military members, and we are looking for individuals to recognize; please contact Holli Boyd-White, Display hours are from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays through December 17 and whenever public events are being held at the Center.

  • January 10, 2023: Sand Lake Show & Tell Returns. Please check your attic, your junk drawer, or that box on the top shelf of your closet – who knows what you’ll find – and share it with us! We’re looking for artifacts, photos, old documents of Sand Lake’s history or yours. New for 2023: We’re asking anyone who’s been working on any locally based historical research (a popular Covid at-home pastime!) to share what they’ve discovered so far. [SLTH]

  • February 14: East Greenbush Town Historian Bobbie Reno will present a program on Edmonia Lewis, noted American sculptor of mixed African American and Native American heritage, born right here in Rensselaer County. No doubt you’ve seen her on a postage stamp, now come hear her story. [SLTH]

  • March 14: The Rensselaer Glassworks. Phil Bernnard of the National Bottle Museum will discuss Rensselaer Glassworks, which was one of Sand Lake’s early industries (and gave us “Glass Lake”). Come hear the history of the works, the succession of owners (successful and not so much) and the technology of glassmaking in the 18th and 19th centuries. Phil is asking attendees to bring any “Glass Lake glass” specimens they have. [SLTH]

  • April 11: Covid-19 History Project. Committee report and presentations and a sharing of experiences from the SLHS Covid History Project. See related article elsewhere in this newsletter. Together we can make Covid history! [SLTH]

  • May 9: Annual Meeting. Details to be announced.

  • May or June: Annual Fundraising Gala. Date,  location and other details to be announced. Don’t miss this highlight of the year!

  • June 13: The Pretty Fantastic Mr. Fox (with special guests). A program on Albert Rodmond Fox, industrialist, glassworks owner, State Senator, mover-and-shaker, and the Fox who gave us Fox Mansion. Come learn more about one of Sand Lake’s early leaders and speculate on why we live in Averill Park and not “Foxboro.” [SLTH]
Sand Lake Town Hall

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., in the Courtroom at Sand Lake Town Hall [SLTH], 8428 NY 66, Sand Lake, New York 12153 outside link logo. Meetings are open to the public. They are free for Society members; a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers.

Anyone can view live (or view recordings) via the "Town Hall Streams" / Sand Lake website outside link logo

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