Rensselaer County HSs Uncle Sam Exhibition

The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum (RCHS) will become the new home for Uncle Sam and his story with the opening of its new permanent exhibition Uncle Sam: The Man in Life and Legend on Wednesday, November 11, 5-7 p.m., at 57 Second Street in Troy.

Samuel &#8216-Uncle Sam’ Wilson (1766-1854) is undoubtedly Troy?s most famous son. Arriving in Troy in the late 18th century and participating in the community?s early growth and success, he was also a witness to the expansion of our nation and the development of our national identity.

The Historical Society’s exhibit examines both the real man and the national symbol using objects from the museum?s collections, including archeological artifacts from the site of one of Sam Wilson?s houses and historical prints and images of our national symbol. Visitors will be able to see how the story of Uncle Sam evolved and learn how this real person and national icon continue to impact us today.

Fittingly, Uncle Sam opens on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. The opening is free and open to all. A modern Uncle Sam will make an appearance at the event and RCHS encourages attendees to wear their Uncle Sam inspired attire. The event will also be the official launch of the Rensselaer County Historical Society?s online Uncle Sam Resource Center.

Photo: WWI Recruiting Poster: ?Uncle Sam Wants You? by Montgomery Flagg. Provided by the RCHS.

Related Articles

  • RCHS to Host Monthly Travel and Tourism Book SeriesRCHS to Host Monthly Travel and Tourism Book Series In a unique collaboration, the New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the Rensselaer County Historical Society to offer Reading Between the Lines: Travel and Tourism […]
  • A Fugitive Slave Rescued: Paintings of Charles NalleA Fugitive Slave Rescued: Paintings of Charles Nalle 150 years ago, on April 26, 1860, escaped slave Charles Nalle was kidnapped from a Troy bakery and taken to the District Circuit Court at State and First Streets, in Troy where he was to […]
  • New Exhibit on the Great Fire of TroyNew Exhibit on the Great Fire of Troy On May 10, 1862, as the nation was consumed by the ravages of the Civil War, Troy NY faced a devastating fire. As a train crossed the Hudson River on the Troy-Green Island Bridge, a spark […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>