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


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Exhibits at the Chapman Historical Museum

Hands-On History Galleries: Experiences of Hometown Life


The new hands-on exhibits in the museum’s DeLong House encourage visitors to explore everyday life in the Glens Falls area over time – not just in the distant past, but in recent memory, too. Each room focuses on a different aspect of life -- school, music, home and “unusual things” -- the weird and curious items that make life interesting. 


  • School Days -- We may share many memories of our school days, but our experiences are uniquely shaped by the schools we attended, memorable teachers and historical events. 
  • Home Style – The ways we decorate our homes – the things that we choose to surround us – say much about what has mattered to us over time.  What defines our style?
  • Music Memories – Music has been an important part of everyday life, whether played on instruments or experienced at a concert, on the radio or a personal listening device.
  • Weird & Curious – As we experience everyday life we encounter fascinating things that become part of the fabric of family stories and legends and a community’s unique character.

The story of Hometown Life is far from complete, particularly for the decades after World War II. Visitors are invited to add their own experiences; share memories and family photos, too.

The Hands-On History Galleries project was funded by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo abd the New York State Legislature. 

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Additional funding provided by the Touba Family Foundation, the DBL Foundation, and Warren County Occupancy Tax allocations from the City of Glens Falls and the Town of Queensbury.

The DeLong House Story


Zopher & Catherine DeLong and their children, ca. 1867

In 1867, Glens Falls hardware merchant Zopher DeLong remodeled a modest wood frame home on Glen Street, adding the two story brick façade structure with a mansard roof seen by visitors today.  Following Zopher’s death in 1901, his son John took over the home and remodeled it again to reflect his desire for modern tastes and conveniences.  

Click here for a DeLong family Slide Show