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Spindle City Historic Society Meetings – Join us the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
At the Cohoes Visitors Center, 58 Remsen Street, the ground floor of the Cohoes Music Hall.
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, 2015 - Added 2 newsletters to the Newsletter Archive.

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The meeting of the Spindle City Historic Society scheduled for July
29 will not be held. The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday,
August 26 at 7 pm at the Cohoes Visitor Center.

The dedication of a new interpretive sign will be held on Wednesday,
July 22 at 5:30pm at Van Schaick Park, near the intersection of Park
and Bridge Avenues. All are welcome to attend.


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Spindle City Historic Society
P.O. Box 375
 Cohoes, NY   12047


Dear Friend of the Spindle City Historic Society

Did you know that Van Schaick Island played an important part in our nation’s history? Did you know that prior to European settlement, this tract of land was a favored fishing and agricultural area for the Mohawk Indians?

July 22 at 5:30 p.m. marks the day and time that we are dedicating an important interpretive sign about Van Schaick Island. This event is adjacent to the parking area near the pond.

The sign highlights the cross roads in history that Van Schaick Island played, especially as it pertained to the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth centuries.

We encourage you to join us at the unveiling where you will learn that Van Schaick Island was known as the Island of Many Names.



Paul D. Dunleavy, President
Spindle City Historic Society (SCHS)









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Cohoes Revisited

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Cohoes : Postcard History Series

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Copies of all three of our booka are available.


If you are interested in purchasing copies, please e-mail us at We can also mail books (for an additional charge) if you are not able to pick them up. When you purchase your books directly from SCHS, over 40% of the cover price helps support our exhibits, programming, newsletter and other activities.


George Stacey Davis Commemorative T-Shirts


In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the induction of Cohoesier George Stacey Davis into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the dedication of the George Stacey Davis sign in Silliman Park this June, the Spindle City Historic Society is offering this limited-edition George Stacey Davis commemorative t-shirt. The short-sleeve shirts are gray, with navy blue print. Shirts are $12 (in sizes S-XL), $14 for 2XL, $15 for 3XL, and $16 for 4XL. Youth sizes (S-XL) are also available. To order, contact us at or at 518-237-5618.  Shirts can also be purchased on the day of the George Stacey Davis sign dedication on June 8.


Last Updated: July 22, 2015