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Happy Birthday SVR

November 1 is the 250th anniversary of Stephen Van Rensselaer’s birthday. Fifth in direct descent from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the first Patroon, Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) inherited a vast landed estate in Rensselaer and Albany counties at age 5. … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #35

We don’t really know what to make of this photograph! Can any of our readers shed light on the Who, When, and Why of it? Of course anything else you’d like to share about the photograph will be appreciated. Thanks! … Continue reading

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Continuing up the Hill: The Warren Property

During the mid-19th and early 20th centuries fire twice played a seminal role in determining the Institute’s future location. The destruction of Rensselaer’s entire physical plant during the Great Troy Fire of 1862 resulted in its initial move up the … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #34

Who is this man? What is he looking at? What is he doing? I think documentation meets artistic license, but my colleague thinks she knows things about the image and the gentleman depicted that might challenge my subjective interpretation. Our … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #33

It’s time for another mystery image! I realized this morning that we haven’t posted anything bewildering in quite a while. Who is the man in the photo? Can anyone tell us about that specimen he seems to be focusing on? … Continue reading

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