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Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 10: "Searching the History of your House."

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.

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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:

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

  • Sale of our publications
  • Community functions such as raffles and appraisal days.

Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Sand Lake Baptist Church, 2960 State Route 43 opposite the Averill Park Post Office. 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, newsletter of the Society
  • Field trips
  • Annual dinner

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

Glass Works display; click to see a larger versionThere is an extensive addition to the Town Historian’s and Sand Lake Historical Society’s exhibits of the Rensselaer Glass Works. Donald Carpentier of Eastfield Village has brought many items from his collection, currently on display in the Town Hall. A door from the Packing House has various stenciled company names and a brand made with the Rensselaer Glass branding iron.

Other memorabilia include a box marked “Rensselaer Glass” to hold 10x14 lites or panes of cylinder glass, an early wrought iron blow pipe, an original crate of Dr. William Evans medicine bottles, a letter from the Glass Factory to Dr. Townsend with a piece of his sarsaparilla bottle, an 1846 assessment roll of the Town of Sand Lake and several of the many other items produced by the Glass Works. Additional books and items from Carpentier’s collection are in the Town Library display case.

Persons are welcome to view these exhibits in recognition of our Town’s Bicentennial year during Town Hall and Town Library office hours.

For further information, e-mail us! facebook icon Our Facebook page -- coming soon! Meanwhile, check out the new
Sand Lake NY Bicentennial page on Facebook! Lots of pictures!

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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