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Sand Lake Historical Society

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Cover of Images of America: Sand Lake Revisited
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Cover of Images of America: Sand Lake Revisited
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Special Event April 23, 2015: Teddy Roosevelt Revisits Sand Lake! NOTE: This event has sold out!

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.

Click on the image above to read more about our latest historical marker
(2014) and others in the Town!

Read about the dedication of our newest marker on Sheer Road!

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
  • Historic house plaques
  • Historical markers
  • Local historic house tours
  • Assistance in house dating and genealogical studies
  • Promotion of publications
  • Reference library (housed at the Sand Lake Town Library).

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

Meetings are usually held the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Sand Lake Town Hall, 8428 NY 66, Sand Lake, New York 12153. || 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, newsletter of the Society
  • Field trips
  • Annual dinner
  • Special events

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

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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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