The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum was established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage to contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the regions past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study interpret and make accessible a broad variety of objects and documents, and conduct educational programs to inspire public enthusiasm for the past. RCHS manages and administers the largest local history library, archives and research center in Rensselaer County.
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Rensselaer County Historical Society Sub-Collections:
The Edgar Holloway (1914-2008) Watercolor and Etchings
This collection is the artist’s commissioned works to paint and document Troy, New York and the surrounding area’s architectural and industrial heritage. The Reverend Thomas Phelan brought Holloway to the US from England for three summers of painting that resulted in over 70 watercolors and a number of etchings of buildings and sites at a time when many were threatened by demolition during Urban Renewal of the early 1970’s. Holloway’s work helped to raise awareness of what might be lost. It also invigorated the artist’s career in England. The whole collection of Holloway’s art was acquired by an anonymous donor from Rev. Phelan’s estate and donated to the historical society in 2006.