ALBANY, N.Y. – A year-long anniversary celebration begins at at a local church surrounded by history.
The 250th anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church in Albany kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Albany Institute of History and Art with a presentation by long-time assemblyman John McEneny.
The history of the church and the role it played in history of the Capital Region will be discussed, and a historic ‘Albany Church Penny" will be presented to the institute by McEneny. The coin comes from the early federal period and is an American colony curiosity, one of which just sold for $15,000 at auction.
A subscription list of pledges for the construction of the church's second building in 1795 containing the signatures of Alexander Hamilton and John Jay will be entrusted to the permanent care of the institute as well.
Many of the artifacts from the church will be on display at the institute from January thru April.