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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.
Check back often for meeting updates and other timely information!
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Recent Web Site Updates

October 30, 2013: Added two issues to the "Newsletter Archive" page.

We have added a "Facebook Page" for the society - you can see it at:

The Spindle City Historic Society ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN
9th ANNUAL CANAL CLEAN SWEEP in Cohoes on April 26, 2014

Statewide Cleanup Activities Planned along New York State Canal System

In recognition of Earth Day 2014 and in preparation for the upcoming, 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System, the New York State Canal Corporation is partnering with Parks & Trails New York, and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to sponsor the Eighth Annual Canal Clean Sweep during the weekend of April 25-27, 2014. 

As part of this multi-community celebration, the Spindle City Historic Society will host a cleanup of historic canal sites and trails in Cohoes on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. The group will meet near the intersection of Vliet and Summit Streets in Cohoes.  For more information about the cleanup events in Cohoes, please contact Daniele Cherniak at 518-237-5618 or at

The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and here in Cohoes by encouraging communities, not-for-profit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

Over 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities, and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments in their region. 

The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles across New York State, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.

Parks and Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state. 

EFC is a public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting environmental quality through a wide range of funding and technical assistance programs focused on protecting, improving and restoring New York’s precious natural resources.  EFC's largest programs are its highly successful Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which together have provided more than $13 billion in low-cost financing and grants for projects that help protect the quality of the State's water bodies and provide safe drinking water. EFC’s Clean Vessel Assistance Program provides grants to marinas, municipalities and non-profit organizations for pump out facilities on New York State’s navigable waters for proper boater septic waste disposal. For information on all EFC programs, visit
For more information on the Ninth Annual Canal Clean Sweep or to help coordinate an event in your community, please visit or contact James Meerdink with Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583 or

For more information regarding events, recreational and vacation opportunities along the Canal System, please visit or call 1-800-4CANAL4.


Cohoes Postcard Book – Coming Soon!

The Spindle City Historic Society’s new book, a history of Cohoes told through historic postcards, will be published in late March. To reserve your copy, contact us by phone at 518-237-5618 or by email at The Spindle City Historic Society will be celebrating this new milestone with a book-signing event on March 29. Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

And remember, if books are purchased directly from the society, our organization retains over 40% of the cover price to support exhibits, programs, tours and other activities.

You can see a brief viedo of our president talking about our book on local reporter Danielle Sanzone's "Tout Page". As of this posting it is the second video from the top. See it at

There is a nice article about the society and our new book in the Troy Record. You can see the article at:

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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.


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 26 – Spindle City Historic Society meeting. 7 p.m., Cohoes Visitors Center.
Saturday, March 29 – Book signing for Cohoes – a Postcard History and SCHS 20th anniversary celebration open house. 3-6 p.m., Cohoes Visitors Center.
Saturday, April 26 – Cohoes Canal Cleanup, 10 a.m. – noon. Cleanup of trash along the sites of the enlarged Erie Canal in Cohoes as part of the statewide Canal Clean Sweep. Meet near the intersection of Vliet and Summit Sts.
Wednesday, April 30 – Spindle City Historic Society meeting. 7 p.m., Cohoes Visitors Center.
Saturday, May 17 –
Cohoes Heritage Days. A citywide series of events celebrating the history of Cohoes, Events will include exhibits, tours and presentations. 
Wednesday, May 28 – Spindle City Historic Society meeting. 7 p.m., Cohoes Visitors Center.
Wednesday, June 25 – Spindle City Historic Society meeting. 7 p.m., Cohoes Visitors Center.


Addition to Permanent Collection

The newest addition to the permanent collection of the Spindle City Historic Society is a collection of miniature horses that once belonged to Grace Reavy, an accomplished Cohoes businesswoman in the first half of the 20th century. She was the first woman in New York State to be named to municipal public office. This collection is now on display in the Cohoes Visitors Center, on the ground floor of the Cohoes Music Hall at 58 Remsen Street, Cohoes. Visitors Center hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. See "Grace Reavy" to read a feature article on Ms Reavy from the Fall 2005 issue of the SCHS newsletter.


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The Spindle City Historic Society's new book Cohoes Revisited has been published.

Copies of our first book, Cohoes, are still 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.


Last Updated: April 8, 2014