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Chester Arthur grave Albany Rural Cemetery

Trolley and Walking Tour of Historic Albany Rural Cemetery | October 5

*Trolley sold out. Limited Walking Slots Available. Registration closes October 1. No day-of registration.*

Cornell Club of the Greater Capital District, with the assistance of a generous anonymous alum, presents a special event.

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What: Trolley and Walking Tour of Historic Albany Rural Cemetery

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 – 10:00am-12:45pm

Where: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York 12204 (Meet at Cemetery Chapel, near Cemetery Avenue entrance) (here for map)

Event Description: Experience the more than 400 acres of beautiful Albany Rural Cemetery. Join our expert tour guides – Dr. Michael Radlick and U-Albany Distinguished Service Professor John Pipkin – to hear fascinating stories about some of Albany Rural’s permanent residents including:

  • Chester Alan Arthur

    Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the United States

    President Chester Alan Arthur (we’ll also attend a commemoration of the 184thd anniversary of his birth! – a ceremonial laying of a wreath);

  • Cornellians Gilbert Tucker – Titanic survivor – and John Alden Dix, who was NYS governor in 1911-12 (and scheduled to be a Titanic passenger on its return voyage to England);
  • Ithaca founder Simeon DeWitt, NYS surveyor-general for 50 years, who developed Manhattan’s street-grid system and is credited with many of the classically-inspired place names found across Central New York;
  • Learned Hand, considered to be one of the most influential American judges never to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Kate Stoneman, the first woman lawyer in New York State;
  • John Tayler, NYS governor in 1817. The fateful comments uttered by Alexander Hamilton that led to his duel with Aaron Burr were spoken at Tayler’s home at a dinner attended by Hamilton and his father-in-law Philip Schuyler;
  • William James, wealthy Albany merchant and grandfather of the writer Henry James and philosopher/psychologist William James. When he died in 1832, he was the second wealthiest man in America trailing only John Jacob Astor.

Schedule

9:30am. Registration/Light refreshments (bagels & coffee served)

10:00am. Welcome/Presentation on ARC at Chapel

10:40am. Board Trolley at Chapel to Pres. Arthur event

10:55am. Trolley arrives at Pres. Arthur event

11:25am. Re-board trolley to continue tour with stops

11:50-11:55am. Disembark trolley in vicinity of Sections 15/16 and tour

12:15pm. Re-board trolley to continue to top of Middle Ridge Rd. (Section 49)

12:20pm. Arrive @ Section 49, tour participants have option of walking down Middle Ridge Rd. to chapel (including Tayler, Stanford and Townsend plots) OR riding trolley back to chapel

1:20pm. Tour participants walking down Middle Ridge Rd. finish back at chapel

Cost: $15 for Adults/$9 for children 12 years and under. Our event starts at 10:00am in the Cemetery’s chapel, with light refreshments and a brief presentation on Albany Rural’s history. Trolley Seating is limited. We strongly suggest that you purchase your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a memorable Club event. The tour will be held rain or shine. Part of the tour will involve walking over uneven ground, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. In the event of inclement weather, we will remain on the trolley and forgo the walk.

What’s this about a generous, anonymous alum? The Cornell Club of the Greater Capital District is pleased to announce that an anonymous fellow alum has made a strikingly generous individual donation to substantially underwrite this event. This contribution made it possible for the Club to offer very modest registration prices for what will prove to be an exemplary outing. As a volunteer and “break even” organization, we applaud and thank this alum for being so giving to our local Cornell community.

*Trolley sold out. Limited Walking Slots Available *

Register: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/CEL/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=158033

Thanks to Club member and past president Kevin Jack for organizing this event!

More information about event: Kevin Jack at kevin_jack@yahoo.com.

Featured photo: Bronze Angel of Sorrow, grave of President Chester A. Arthur, Albany Rural Cemetery