Rensselaer and Downtown Albany
Rensselaer Walks; State Capitol and Museum
A good part of the fun of this part of our trip was just walking and talking with our old friends, catching up on history and talking about life, families, old friends, and the like. We enjoyed evening walks around the beautiful neighborhood where R & J live.
On the Sunday after we got back from Montreal Roscoe took us to see more of the city of Albany. We explored the state capitol area and the state museum. One thing about eastern states – they have a lot more history (that they know) than we do in the west. It was a lot of fun to see some old sites and learn more about the history of this state.
In the museum, we learned about three important 19th-century social and cultural movements in the state of New York: the effort to abolish the slave trade (one example was the Underground Railroad), the temperance movement (really an effort to persuade people to completely abstain from alcohol), and the great evangelical revival known as the Second Great Awakening.