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The Sand Lake Historical Society

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Teddy Roosevelt Revisits Sand Lake | Big Band Gala | Amazing Graves: Ghosts of Sand Lake
Methodist Farm's 100th anniversary | Fundraisers: Birdhouses (2019) - Decorative Mailboxes (2017) |

Our next program is October 8 @ 7:00 p.m. (note new, earlier time)!

The Sand Lake Historical Society is a local history society formed in 1974 in anticipation of the Bicentennial Year, 1976. It was granted an absolute charter by the New York State Board of Regents in 1979. The mission of the Sand Lake Historical Society is to educate and promote preservation and conservation of the history and culture of the Town of Sand Lake and the surrounding area.

The Sand Lake Historical Society's course of action is to be involved in the community, thereby promoting the appreciation of the area's unique place in Rensselaer County and New York State history. Educational community projects that the Society has sponsored include:

  • Memorial Awards given annually to two outstanding graduates of Averill Park High School excelling in history
  • Historical markers
  • Publications
  • Reference library (housed at the Sand Lake Town Library)
  • Historic house plaques
  • Local historic house tours
  • Assistance in house dating and genealogical studies

In order to continue these informative and historically relevant projects, the Sand Lake Historical Society holds fundraising events. They include:

Meetings generally are held the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 NY 66, Sand Lake, New York 12153 unless otherwise noted.

Map and Directions || Schedule of upcoming meetings || List of past programs

You can become a member by filling out the membership application. Membership fee is $10.00 per year for individuals, $3.00 for students ages 13-22, $15.00 for family membership, running from June 1-May 31. Lifetime Individual ($100) or Lifetime Family ( two persons – $150) memberships are also available.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Historically informative monthly meetings
  • Copies of Historical Highlights, quarterly newsletter of the Society
  • Annual Meeting / Dinner
  • Special events
  • Field trips

West Sand Lake, looking west from the four corners, circa 1900; now site of Walgreens. Click to enlarge.


Click on the image above to read more about
historical markers in the Town!

Read about the dedication of
our latest marker at Methodist Farm (2019)!

TR-DVD  Cover of Images of America: Sand Lake Revisited
More information on these and other publications....

Cover of Images of America: Sand Lake Revisited
Note cards available!



For further information, e-mail us! Or write to: Sand Lake Historical Society, PO Box 492, West Sand Lake NY 12196

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Cotton House

A Very Sweet History: Information on Sand Lake's "Cotton House" and Girl Scout Troop 1181's efforts to restore it as their Gold Award project!

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