Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Email Updates

You can now get news and updates from Albany Rural Cemetery via e-mail.  In addition to our expanded social media presence and printed newsletter, we now have an email newsletter.  Click the link to read our first issue and to subscribe.

Albany Rural Cemetery E-mail Newsletter - August 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Concert At Cypress Pond

Albany Rural Cemetery will be hosting the Colonie Town Band for a concert on Monday, August 6.  The concert will be held at the historic Cypress Pond and is free.  Please bring your own chairs and feel free to pack a small picnic.

It's also a chance to see the new fountain that was installed in the historic pond which was featured in the current issue of our Friends newsletter (if you aren't a member of the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery yet and would like to join, we will have an information table where you can pick up a membership form).

Also, if you'd like to volunteer for this or any other Cemetery events, please email me at albanyrural1@gmail.com

Friday, June 29, 2018


In case you missed it - last week, CBS6 visited the Cemetery to chat with us about our history and how we're sharing it with tours and events.

The segment is now online and can be see here:

CBS6 Positively Upstate - The History of Albany Rural Cemetery

Our current events can be found on our Facebook page, but I'll add a full list here soon (we're still adding to the list).

And we are now on Twitter - follow us at @AlbanyRural

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Women' History Tour (And More)

There is still time to register for the June 16 Women's History Tour!  This walk along the Cemetery' old Middle Ridge and South Ridge will visit the graves of Revolutionary War poets, Quaker abolitionists, the first woman to be admitted to the New York State Bar, and more. It will start from the Chapel and is this year's NYS Path Through History event.

Registration Information:

Because the walk will include hills and unpaved paths, attendees are asked to wear sensible shoes and bring bug spray.  The tour will begin at the Chapel.

The tour is Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 am. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. Email albanyrural1@gmail.com or call the office a 518-463-7017 to register.

There are quite a few tours and events scheduled this year - a full calendar will be posted here soon.  Also, restoration work continues at Cypress Pond. 

If you are a member of the Friends of Albany Rural Cemetery, you will have noticed that our newsletter is now being published monthly.  If you are not a member, please join - we are working very hard to bring you interesting content.  A printable copy of the membership form is available here or just stop by our office.

And, because of increased events, we are looking for volunteers.  If you are interested, you can pick up a volunteer application form at the office or download one here.  Or just email albanyrural1@gmail.com with "Volunteer" in the subject line.

There is much more news, but that's for the next post.

P.S.  - I am now a full time member of the office staff at Albany Rural.  If you stop by the office Monday through Friday, please say hello! - Paula

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

An Historic Tour of The Cemetery

On May 18th, the Albany Rural Cemetery and the Historical Society of the Town of Colonie will hold a special evening tour featuring first person presentations of a dozen of the Cemetery's "permanent residents." 

Details about the tour can be found on our Facebook Event page and registration information will be be posted very soon.

Other tours are in the planning stages so, please, keep an eye on Albany Rural Cemetery - Beyond The Graves for dates and information.   The annual Audubon Bird Walk will be held on April 21s - details can be found here

Also, there is a new Instagram for the Cemetery - please follow historicalbanyruralcemetery

The latest issue of the newsletter is arriving in mailboxes now.  If you'd like to receive it, please join the Friends of the Albany Rural Cemetery.  You can print a membership form here to mail or drop off at the Cemetery office during business hours.  It will be changing to a monthly format and there is information on changes to Friends membership.