Remembering the History of Glens Falls, Queensbury and the Southern Adirondacks



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Have you ever thought about incorporating local history into your curriculum, but don’t have the time to do the research?  The Chapman Historical Museum has many resources to help you.  Programs may be scheduled at the museum or in your classroom. 

Our current programs incorporate visual literacy components and primary documents, in support of Common Core standards RH 1-8 for grades 2-8

  Some programs are adaptable for K- 1st Grade


What Are Some Ways We Learn

About the Past?

A hands-on look at local diaries, artifacts, photographs, and maps.


Building the Dam

A program that answers the questions: what led to the development of the Spier Falls Dam in 1903, and what was its significance? Incorporates immigrant experiences.


Dear Diary

Excerpts from 4 local diaries, spanning the years 1860-1920, allow students to make observations and reflect on how people lived in years past. Students can make their own diaries for an additional fee.


History Mysteries

Students examine artifacts for clues about their purpose. A fun, hands-on program.


Glens Falls/Queensbury History

A look at the causes and effects of the important influences, people and industries in the history of the Queensbury and Glens Falls.


Merry Christmas &

Votes for Women

Look at the issues at stake in the fight for women’s rights, and how  local women participated in the fight.  May include a live performance and student participation.


Logs, Lumbermen & Lifestyle

Learn about the men who moved the logs in the 19th century to sawmills and paper mills on the river, using photos, stories and music. Hands-on activities include using a logmark hammer.


Local Threads and the

Industrial Revolution

A look at the timeline of textile production in the Glens Falls area; we can focus on one time period or one type of manufacturing. Can be presented in conjunction with the Immigrant program.



Through documents and photos, learn about the major groups of immigrants who settled in Glens Falls in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Can be presented as part of the house tour, and also in conjunction with the Local Threads program.


Seneca Ray Stoddard

Glens Falls was home to a famous 19th century photographer who extensively documented Glens Falls, Lake George and the Adirondacks. This program incorporates his personal story with many of his wonderful images.


Beatrix Potter

Meet Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Learn about her life and her art. Includes a hands on project.


A Victorian Child’s Life

Examine photos, toys, clothes and other artifacts of a Victorian child’s life and use that evidence to compare their lifestyle to ours.

Works well as a hands-on holiday program in the classroom.


We present programs at the museum, OR in your classroom!


$3/child, with a $36 minimum – teachers & chaperones are free.


Programs typically run for one hour.  Depending on your class needs the program time can be either shortened or lengthened.


If you visit the museum with more than 12 children, we will divide the group into smaller groups and rotate between the house tour and one or two other activities.


The Chapman qualifies for BOCES Arts in Education and Enrichment funding. We also accept school purchase orders, cash, personal checks and credit cards. PTOs and PTAs often sponsor class visits to the Chapman. Inquire about funding options at your school.


For more information, or to book a program, contact:

Kimberly Harvish, Educator


Chapman Historical Museum

348 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801












The Chapman Historical Museum’s   Outreach Programs



All of our programs can be presented here at the museum, or at your location.


$50 Honorarium requested for locations within a 10 mile radius of the museum. There will be a mileage charge for locations beyond that.


Dear Diary

 A look at how people lived in the past, through the words of six local diaries spanning 1855-1920.



The Many-Layered Victorian Woman

A look at Victorian underclothes, fashion and activities for women through photos, hands-on items and advertisements.


Seneca Ray Stoddard

 What made this 19th century photographer from Glens Falls so famous? Learn about his life and career and enjoy some samples of his work – photos, stereoviews & maps !

Votes for Women

Look at the issues at stake in the fight for women’s rights, and how  local women  participated in the movement. May include a live performance.


20th Century Women Activists

Life stories of six women who aren't often recognized for their impact on society.



An indepth look at issues affecting women in the workplace from 1955-1975. Including interviews with local women.


A Walk Through The Past

Hear the background stories of four people we have portrayed at our annual Cemetery Tours, and watch the performances that have been recorded.


Harnessing the Hudson

 Learn about the forces behind the building Spier Falls Dam in South Glens Falls, and how it came to be.


The Feeder Canal

Learn about the history and the impact of the Feeder Canal that runs through Glens Falls and Hudson Falls to Fort Edward. The program can include re-enactors and can also be presetned at the coal silos on Maple Street in Hudson Falls.


History of Handbags & Hats (& Why We Love Them)

 There’s an interesting history and psychology to every-day items we usually take for granted.


The Shirt Factory

 Learn the story behind the textile factory at the corner of Lawrence & Cooper Streets and share your memories!


 Glens Falls/Queensbury History

 The people and places that tell the story of the growth of Glens Falls and Queensbury. Uses maps and photos and can be 1 or 2 hours in length.


How We Learn About the Past

 A look at local history through photos (comparing then to now), words from local diaries and artifacts that show how people lived and worked.


History Mysteries

 A hands-on program with many authentic artifacts.


Logs & Lumbermen

 Sawmill and paper mills were instrumental in the development of our community.  What was life like for the lumbermen who provided the raw material for these industries?


Beatrix Potter

There was more to Beatrix Potter than writing children's books and illustrating! Find out more.


Snowflake Bentley

The fascinating story of the 1st person to photograph an individual snowflake in 1885. Passion, Patience & Persistence.

Victorian Christmas Traditions

Learn the meaning behind many of the traidtions we carry on today.



We offer several walking tours through different parts of downtown Glens Falls, with several themes to choose from. We can adjust length of time to suit you. Space is limited to 15 people and the cost is $15/person. Call for more information.

 To schedule a program, please

Contact Kimberly Harvish, Educator   793-2826