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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

TLC of Textiles with Sarah Stevens

Throughout the ages, textiles have told a story of the times. From tapestries that hung in medieval castles to the quilt codes of the Underground Railroad, fabrics tell the history of civilization. On Saturday, February 27, at 2 pm, at the Cohoes Visitor Center at 58 Remsen St. Sarah Stevens will share information about the preservation of these little bits of history. The presentation will provide an overview of the factors effecting the preservation and care of textiles and garments. Fibers and fabric structures will be reviewed as well as environmental factors such as temperature and relative humidity. Participants will learn about appropriate techniques for handling and storing collections along with recommended sources for supplies. People are welcome to bring samples. However, because of time constraints, only 5 will be chosen to demonstrate techniques.

Sarah C. Stevens, Principal of Zephyr Preservation Studio, LLC has been practicing textile conservation for over 15 years. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a M.S. in Historic Costume and Textiles, Sarah spent a year at the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and another nine months at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, also in New York City. Since September 2000, she has also worked as a textile conservator for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Bureau of Historic Sites (Peebles Island). Zephyr Preservation Studio opened in 2010 to assist individuals and institutions with the care of their treasured textiles.








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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: February 5, 2016