Samuel ‘-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.