Rensselaer County Teachers Institute
Teachers’ institutes were held in various locations throughout Rensselaer County (e.g. West Sand Lake in October 1858; Hoosick Falls, in December 1864; Poestenkill in October 1865; South Petersburgh in August 1866; Hart’s Falls i.e. the Village of Schaghticoke in August 1878; Berlin in August 1881). Lansingburgh was one of the recurrent places, usually at the Powers Opera House.
—There is prospect of a very largely attended, interesting session of the Rens. Co. Teachers Institute to commence at the First Baptist church Monday. Many of those attending have secured board in private families, our hotel accommodations being inadequate.
“Village Notes.” Lansingburgh Courier. March 19, 1880: 3 col 1.
Commissioners Walt and Morey have arranged to hold the spring session of the Rensselaer county teachers’ institute at Concert hall, in this village, commencing March 20th and continuing one week. Prof. F. [Francis] P. Lantry, of Manlius, N. Y., and Prof. John Kennedy of New York have been secured as conductors. State Superintendent Gilmour will be present and the educational committee from the Assembly will pay the institute a visit during the session. The most complete arrangements are being perfected by the commissioners and the indications are that this will be the most successful session ever held.
Lansingburgh Courier. February 11, 1882: 2 col 5.
School Commissioners Walt and Morey have arranged the following very excellent programme for the Spring session of the Rensselaer County Teachers’ institute to be held at Concert hall in this village, commencing Monday, March 20th and continuing one week:
Monday at 2 o’clock P.M., reception of teachers and commencement of institute work. On Tuesday and each succeeding day institute work will commence at 9 o’clock A.M.
Monday evening – Music, reading, recitations, and tableaux by the teachers.
Tuesday evening—Query box, singing, and an address by Prof. John Kennedy, Subject: “Mission of Teaching.”
Lansingburgh Courier. February 23, 1882: 3 col 5.
—School Commissioner Morey, who was prostrated with an attack of malarial fever at the Phoenix hotel while in attendance at the Rensselaer County Teachers’ Institute, recovered sufficiently to be removed to his home in Nassau on Wednesday.
“Personal.” Lansingburgh Courier. April 1, 1882: 2 col 5.
The spring session of the Rensselaer county teachers’ institute will be held at Concert hall in this village, commencing Thursday, March 24. Professors C. T. Barns and John H. French will have charge of the exercises.
Lansingburgh Courier. February 9, 1884: 2 col 4.
—The spring session of the Rensselaer County teachers’ institute will open at Concert hall on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. […]
—Among the members of the legislature expected to be present at the Thursday evening section of the Rensselaer county teachers’ institute are Speaker Sheard, Senator Haggerty and Assemblyman Locke and Walsh.
Lansingburgh Courier. March 22, 1884: 3 col 2.
—On account of the prevalence of diphtheria at Hoosick Falls, School Commissioner Betts has decided to hold the Teachers’ Institute in Lansingburgh this year. The institute will open Dec. 2 and be continued during the week.
Lansingburgh Courier. November 23, 1889: 3 col 2.
The first session of the Rensselaer county teachers’ institute of the first commissioner’s district was held yesterday afternoon at Concert hall, Lansingburgh, the institute opening under most favorable circumstances. There was a large attendance, 185 teachers having registered, a considerably larger registration than at former institutes. There were also in the audience many who were not teachers. Owing to the unavoidable absence of J. E. Shull of Hoosick Falls the paper which he was to deliver, “What is Practical Work?” was omitted, the session being devoted to an instructive talk on “Word Analysis,” by the conductor, Prof. I. H. Stout. The subject was splendidly handled by the speaker. Teachers attending the institute are much pleased with Prof. Stout as a conductor. He is an entertaining and fluent speaker. Instead of addressing his questions to the audience at large, as has formerly been the custom, he interrogates individual teachers, calling upon each by number. This morning’s programme consisted of another interesting talk by Prof. Stout on the subject, “Theory vs. Practice,” and an excellent paper on “Familiar Science in Public Schools,” by J. J. Early. The programme for this afternoon is:
At 2 o’clock […]
“Home Matters.” Troy Daily Times. December 3, 1889: col 2.