Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bethlehem moments on Willett St in Albany

Last Sunday I attended the First Presbyterian Church of Albany and had a couple of Bethlehem history moments.  First off, check out this web page with beautiful pictures of First Pres' Tiffany stained glass windows.


Did you notice the one of Joseph Henry?

Courtesy of First
 Presbyterian Church of Albany 

Joesph Henry taught for two years at the Selkirk School (District # 2), probably around 1820.  Henry had family there.  His aunt Elizabeth Henry married James Selkirk in 1786. Elizabeth and James farmed and raised a family of 10 in the hamlet which would soon bear the name Selkirk.

Joseph Henry (December 17, 1797 – May 13, 1878), as noted in the stained glass above, was a Master Scientist and highly regarded during his life time. He served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.  While studying and building electromagnets, Henry discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance and developed the electromagnet into a practical device. (Thank you Wikipedia).

The other Bethlehem history moment came while walking to our car on Willett Street.  There at #30 is a plaque marking the location of the Governor Glynn Mansion.  Well, Bethlehem's Governor Glynn mansion in on River Road in Cedar Hill. 

More later about Glynn when I can get photos...

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