Learn how to preserve history in a growing suburban town

John Scherer, who grew up in New Scotland and now lives in Clifton Park, will discuss how the challenges of preserving history in a suburban town can be addressed. He’ll speak to the New Scotland Historical Association on May 1. The public is invited.

To the Editor:

Voorheesville native and Clifton Park historian John L. Scherer will discuss how the challenges of preserving history in a suburban town can be addressed even in the burgeoning town of Clifton Park through the establishment of a Historic Preservation Commission. He will relate his experience to growing up in New Scotland.

Mr. Scherer was the curator of Decorative Arts at the New York State Museum in Albany from 1967 to 2009, and currently serves as historian emeritus. He has done numerous exhibits relating to New York furniture and decorative arts, the Shakers, historical prints, musical instruments, and popular entertainment.

He has also published extensively on these topics, as well as publishing four books and many articles on Clifton Park history.

Besides being the town historian for Clifton Park in Saratoga County since 1978 and being instrumental in setting up its Historical Preservation Commission, Mr. Scherer is also vice president of the Association of Public Historians of New York State and is the chairman of the Historical Committee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.

This informative and helpful program will be presented on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem on Old New Salem Road. The NSHA museum will be open 30 minutes before the start of the program. Admission is always free.

Judy Kimes, publicist

New Scotland Historical Association

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