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Celebrating historic Cohoes, NY since 1994

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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Upcoming Events

UnderWhere?: Women’s Clothing in 1850—

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m.,
Vineyard Church at 121 Remsen St., Cohoes

The Dress Reform movement of the mid-19th century hoped to liberate women from the most limiting aspects of their clothing. It was symbolized by the adoption of a shorter skirt over loose pants or “bloomers,” but it also encompassed other changes more intimately inside a woman’s layers of clothes. Other reform movements, including the women’s suffrage movement, adopted the Bloomer costume as a representation of their ideals. The reform dress inspired intense controversy, and lead Americans to question gender roles and expression. Join Spindle City Historic Society in welcoming historian Kjirsten Gustavson on October 13 at 2 pm at the Vineyard Church at 121 Remsen St., Cohoes, as she uncovers these layers of controversy, comparing the differences between fashionable dress and reform dress of the 1850’s and linking them to the social movements that changed women’s lives for generations to come. The talk will be heavily illustrated and include reproduction costumes is free and open to the public.

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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. 


Last Updated: November 1, 2018