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Horseshoes: One of the Collar City's big industrial roles during Civil War

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More than 90 percent of the horseshoes used by Union forces in the U.S. Civil War were made within a half mile of the current Burden Iron Works Museum in Troy, the former headquarters of the multi-million dollar local industry.

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Officer from Mechanicville first military casualty in U.S. Civil War

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The killing of an American Army officer from Mechanicville in May of 1861 so outraged Northern public opinion that tens of thousands of men opposed to Southern secession rallied to the ranks of the Union Army in order to "Remember Ellsworth."

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Christmas Card Origins in Albany, New York

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As you and your family enjoy the holiday cards you’ve received this season – digital cards, handmade cards, and photos of relatives and friends – you may reflect upon how this festive tradition started. The origins of the popularity of these Christmas correspondence staples trace back to early in Queen Victoria’s reign and the first American Christmas card was printed in Albany, New York.

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Founder of Proctors had tickets on the Titanic

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Did you know the beginning of the Downton Abbey series has similarities to the history of Proctors Theater in Schenectady? Both involve the RMS Titanic passenger liner.

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