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The Legacy of Mount Ida By Don Rittner
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Troy New York’s Mount Ida, now Prospect Park, is a relict of the last glacial episode in North America, and has a unique history of private to public ownership during Troy’s 200 years of... More > existence. Named for its Greek forbearer Mount Ida has a commanding view of the Hudson Valley. Overlooking the flood plain of the Hudson River and with a view of 25 miles on a clear day, Mount Ida was the private repose of some of Troy’s earliest settlers including the Wilson Brothers, Samuel and Ebenezer. Samuel went on to become “Uncle” Sam, the nation’s iconic caricature. This book traces the history of Mount Ida from its geological origins to its present condition with a call to restore the park.< Less
Troy Chronicles By Don Rittner
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Troy Chronicles is a collection of 25 essays on the history of Troy, New York written between 1999 and 2005 by Don Rittner in the Troy Record newspaper.
EcoLinking: Usng the Internet to Save the Planet By Don Rittner
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EcoLinking is a how-to manual and from start to finish you will gain the tools to fight for your piece of the planet. This book is for the student, the housewife, the farmer, teacher, and anyone else... More > who feels compelled to do something about the destruction of the environment, locally or globally.< Less
Adriaen Block and the Onrust: Setting the Stage for Dutch Colonization of North America By Don Rittner
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Dutch captain Adriaen Block explored the Hudson Valley and American Northeast during the 17th century and led the way for eventual Dutch colonization of the Northeast. He built the Onrust, the first... More > fur trading ship built in America in 1614. This book sheds light on Block the person and his struggles to build the Onrust.< Less
Vanderheyden History of the Troy Orphan Asylum 1833-2018 By Don Rittner
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There are few institutions in America that can claim that they have been servicing the needs of indigent children for over 185 years. Yet, Vanderheyden, formerly known as Vanderheyden Hall and... More > before that the Troy Orphan Asylum, has been doing just that. Vanderheyden’s rich history of serving the needs of young children goes unmatched in the Capital District of New York. To celebrate the 185 years of service as an incorporated institution, this book gives a history and overview on the history of orphans in New York and in particular the origins and growth of Vanderheyden and its many services it provides even to this day. Included in the book is several testimonials from former residents, now adults, of Vanderheyden telling their first hand experiences while living there.< Less

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A Snowman A Snowman By John Williamson
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