2018 Events

“Logging at the Bend of the River” Exhibit –  Debut set for August 2, 2018!

The Warren County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of Logging at the Bend of the River, curated by Faith Bouchard. The exhibit will debut at a reception on Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 7pm at the Society’s headquarters, 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury.  The public is invited to view the display on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm from August 3 to November 30.  Donations are most welcome.

Logging at the Bend of the River was made possible through a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.  The exhibit showcases the important history of logging and papermaking in Warren County and the southern Adirondacks and features the role of some the region’s oldest companies, Finch in Glens Falls and International Paper in Ticonderoga (and formerly South Glens Falls).   The display depicts how the logging industry influenced the growth, both in population and in the economy, of local communities in the past two centuries. It also highlights the importance of the Hudson River and its “bend” at Glens Falls in creating a natural epicenter for logging and papermaking in the North Country.

The Warren County Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to educating about, preserving, and promoting the history and heritage of Warren County and its environs.

For more information, please call the Warren County Historical Society at 518 – 743 – 0734 or visit our website – www.warrencountyhistoricalsociety.org and our Facebook page.


April 27, 2018 @ 7pm   Ben Franklin’s Visiting Fort William Henry!

The French & Indian War Society presents Paul Stillman at “Ben Franklin the Older,” Friday evening April 27, at the Fort William Henry Conference Center, 48 Canada Street, Lake George, NY. 

For the last of their 2018 Spring Lecture Series, the French & Indian War Society is presenting Paul Stillman as BEN FRANKLIN THE OLDER on Friday evening, April 27 at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George Village. 
Join us for a light and enjoyable evening with Ben Franklin and learn surprising facts about Ben that you perhaps never knew!   
Watch as the 72 year-old Ben Franklin, bedecked in his red banyan and fox fur hat, presents a lively reminiscence of his days during the French & Indian War, of the Albany Compact and how he negotiated with the Colonies and the French to end the conflict in 1754.  
We will hear Franklin’s accounting of his days as Pennsylvania Assemblyman in the 1740s, and how his 10,000-man militia struck fear into the heart of Pennsylvania’s Governor which signaled across the Atlantic and scared Britain’s Crown as well!   Ben will chat about his fascinating exploits on the western frontier, the interesting people he knew and his friends, including his very good friendship with our own William Johnson and Joseph Brandt.
Ben will share his fascinating exploits on the western frontier and how he built frontier forts on the Delaware River!
Ben loved science and astronomy – have you heard of Ben’s musical invention, the Glass Armonica?   He will play it for us as entertainment for the evening.   Ben always welcomes questions from the audience, so don’t be shy!
ADMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE and refreshments will be served.
Paul Stillman is the 18th Century Historic Interpreter at the Fort William Henry Museum and as he is also a Ghost Channeler, he serves as the resident specialist on GHOSTS during their ghost tours, of which there are many in residence at the Fort. 
Mr. Stillman of HISTORICALLY SPEAKING has portrayed Benjamin Franklin professionally for 38 years, along with Teddy Roosevelt, a Seneca Indian Elder, Revolutionary and Civil War Soldiers, a Samurai, Galileo Galilie and and host of other historic characterizations, all in the first person for schools, libraries, civic groups, museums, businesses, historic societies, parks, motivational speaking and conventions.   For further information, call  Nadine Battaglia at  518 696-5889.


















 2018 News

April 14, 2018  Community Issues, Interview with Teri Podnorszki Gay

Executive Director Teri Podnorszki Gay visited “Community Issues”, hosted by Adirondack Broadcasting’s Mike Morgan, Sunday morning to speak about the Warren County Historical Society’s plans, programs, exhibits, and fundraisers. Please visit our Facebook Page to listen, like, and share! https://www.facebook.com/wchistoricalsociety/

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February 18, 2018  by: Post Star-Hometown

Historical society gets heritage grant

The Warren County Historical Society has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership to develop a comprehensive exhibit about county history and heritage, called “Warren County 360,” in 2018. The creation of this display marks a blossoming in the society’s mission as it transforms into a museum venue in the region.

With this grant, along with other funding, the Warren County Historical Society is poised to begin research and design of “Warren County 360” in the coming months and plans its debut in mid-2019.

The WCHS is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment by calling 518-743-0734, Facebook, Twitter and at www.warrencountyhistoricalsociety.org.

The WCHS is a private, nonprofit organization chartered by the state of New York in 1997 and located at 50 Gurney Lane. The society aims to educate about and promote the history of Warren County and its environs, and to encourage participation of its members, as well as residents and visitors in appreciating the heritage of this area. It offers a resource center, presents historical programs, publishes a quarterly newsletter, collects historic artifacts and advocates for historic preservation.

Hometown is compiled by Gretta Hochsprung, ghochsprung@poststar.com.

2018 Events – Fundraisers

April 6, 2018 – Adirondack Thunder Hockey @ 7pm – See important details to ensure WCHS gets the credit/donation from your ticket purchase!!

Details: Cost of Tickets is $15, (Save $5 off the Box office Price of $20). A $5 Donation is given to WCHS for each ticket sold through WCHS. Support this organization while saving off the ticket price! Get them before they are sold out!

Note: This game is the last regular season home game – AND “Fan Appreciation Night” with lots of prizes and giveaways!

Seats are in Section “H” (behind the goal). WCHS will be sponsoring a 50/50 raffle at the game – expected total pot of over $1,000, winner will get approx. $500!


NOTE DATE CHANGE!: June 9, 2018 – April 14, 2018 – Book and Treasure Sale (10 am – 2 pm)

If interested in making donations, please call the society at 518-743-0734


May 9, 2018 – Coopers Cave Ale Company Dine to Donate (5-9 pm)

Must RSVP with the Society at 518-743-0734. 15% of proceeds will benefit the Warren County Historical Society.


 2018 – Programs

Upcoming 2018 Programs are:

January 13, 2018     Annual Meeting, 10 am – 2 pm at the Queensbury Hotel.  Call the office for details.  518-743-0734

March 21 – Focus on Women’s Suffrage, 7 pm*

May 16 – Weather Routers, presented by Jeremy Davis, 7 pm*

July 18 – Matt Rozell Discusses his new book, 7 pm*

September 19 – Aviation in Warren County, presented by Joan Aldous, 7 pm*

*Locations to be announced



For information contact:  Warren County Historical Society @ 518-743-0734


February 18, 2017  by: WCHS

Logging at the Bend of the River will become a reality thanks to a 2017 Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Local Heritage Grant! We are excited that this grant will allow the Warren County Historical Society to produce a traveling exhibit on logging. Logging has been an important industry in the Adirondacks but it also impacted the southern part of the Adirondacks, including Glens Falls, South Glens Falls and Corinth. This exhibit will emphasize the importance to the local communities and how it influenced the growth, both  by population and economically. Logging is still a big business here in the north country, and there are old and new loggers, old and new techniques and old and new companies. One of the oldest companies in Glens Falls is Finch Pryun located on the Hudson River, also International Paper brought a much-needed economic boost to communities like Corinth.

It is amazing to see how the houses of Glens Falls compare to South Glens Falls, one being where the executives lived and the other were the workers lived. How people felt about working for the companies and how the companies felt about their employees. It will be interesting to research how both parties related to the other.

The canal systems and rivers were a vital part of logging and we will be partnering with others to interview some of the canal workers. Interviewing the old timers and some new workers will help see how the canal workers and the loggers worked together.

This grant will allow for interviews of past and present employees and executives, how things were done before and how they are done now. What were the benefits of logging then and now? Was the environment part of the logging ideology in the 1800’s?

Exhibit coming in June 2018!











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