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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

September 27, 2014 - Hudson River Ramble events:

Walking Tour of Former Schenectady & Troy Railroad

September 27, 2014 at 11 am. John Madden ( ) will be leading a walking tour of the former railroad bed that crossed Cohoes. This walking tour will start at the Cohoes Visitor's Center and follow the route of the former Schenectady & Troy Railroad from the site of the "Crescent Station" at Loudon and Fonda Roads in Colonie south to Alexander St. in Cohoes, approximately 3.25 miles. As we walk, we will discuss the passenger stations, industrial sidings, grade crossings, and bridges at various stops along the tour. We will also look at railroad artifacts along the route, which will help tell the story of the railroad. This is a paved bike path on a gently descending grade through Cohoes, NY. We will carpool/vanpool to the starting point at "Crescent Station" at Fonda Rd. and US Route 9/Loudon Rd. in Colonie. End point is at Alexander St. in Cohoes where we will carpool/vanpool back to the Visitor Center at 58 Remsen St. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots and bring water to drink and wear clothing appropriate to the weather of the day of the tour.

Genealogical Research

September 27, 2014 at 2 pm. As part of the Hudson River Ramble's September events, the Spindle City Historic Society will be hosting a genealogical research discussion. Join us at 2 pm at the Visitors Center at 58 Remsen St. where the discussion will focus on Adelaide Dickey, a Vaudeville Star who performed at the Cohoes Music Hall. Once known as "la Petite Adelaide," this Cohoes native started dancing at 5 and lived at the top of Imperial Avenue in Cohoes. Join us as we explore branches of the ances-TREE with ways that can be applied researching your ancestors.

20th Anniversary & Retrospective of the Spindle City Historic Society

September 27, 2014 at 3 pm. At the Visitors Center at 58 Remsen St., the Spindle City Historic Society will host a reception celebrating the 20th Anniversary & Retrospective of the Spindle City Historic Society. Books published by the Society will be available for purchase.


Former Cohoes Historian Speaks at Meeting

October 29, 2014 at 7 pm. In a special meeting of the Spindle City Historic Society (SCHS), Walter Lipka, former Cohoes historian, will speak at the October 29 meeting of the Society. The meeting will take place at 7 pm but will be held at Harmony Mill 3 in the Community Room. Walter will speak on the history of Cohoes as well as the history and impact of SCHS in the city. For directions, please call 237-5618. This meeting is 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.  Shirts can also be purchased on the day of the George Stacey Davis sign dedication on June 8.


Last Updated: September 2, 2014