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


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Use our Local History Resources to engage your students and enhance classroom learning.

All of our programs can be presented here at the museum, or in your classroom. If you have an idea that is not listed here, our Educator is willing to assist you.  Contact Kim Harvish at (518) 793-2826.

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


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.





$3/student with a $36 minimum per class. Teachers and required personnel are free.

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

NOTE: Times are approximate and can be modified to suit your schedule constraints. Due to limited space at the museum, large groups may have to be divided which may require extended time. 

Contact Kim Harvish at (518) 793-2826.