From the small village of Nassau located in Southern Rensselaer County, about 20 minutes east of Albany, a hearty welcome! (Please note this is not Nassau County, LI, NY)
For the past 30 or so years I was active with group called the "The Village Beautification Committee." One of my earliest efforts was first contributing to and then designing a newsletter called The Village Green. As time marched on, paper copies gave way to an on-line only edition. Many of my pieces about old Nassau were published there.
All through this period I enjoyed hearing about the "good old days" in Nassau. While a native, my measly 60 years or so of memories didn't hold a candle to the 70, 80 and 90 year old's who loved talking about their days in Nassau. In 1994 I was asked by the Village Board to chair the 175th anniversary of Village incorporation, and again in 2019 for the big 200th anniversary. In the meanwhile I published a picture book of Nassau history and was appointed as Nassau Village Historian.
Since I've retired from my other volunteer village tasks, my curiosity and interest in Nassau stories, photographs and other memorabilia has remained. Please understand I do this for my own amusement, this site is not supported by anyone other than myself and does not represent any views other than my own.
I hope you'll join me to keep the stories coming and will enjoy our little walk down memory lane. With any comments, requests for information or if you just want to chat, an e-mail function is located below. See you in Nassau!
Nassau has a great history. For the first time many of the iconic images and interesting stories have been put together in one place. 128 pages with over 200 images and captions. Available from the author. Please send an e-mail below for details. $20 + postage.
With the current Covid-19 Epidemic on many minds, a look back to 1918 as Nassau faced another public health crisis. As American troops, some from Nassau, were enlisted, drafted and dispatched to Europe, military camps and training centers became the perfect breeding grounds for disease. Once in Europe troops fighting in muddy, unsanitary situations further aggravated the spread of Influenza. With an Armistice signed in November 1918 those troops staring coming home. This is part of the story...