Our parish has some really amazing artifacts, part of the wonderful legacy we have inherited. Among these are:
The chandelier at the center of the churchâ€™s nave: The chandelier came from the Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs. The chandelier had been located in the grand parlor of the hotel. The historic hotel began as a boarding house built by Gideon Putnam in 1802, and eventually grew into the world’s largest hotel. The hotel was demolished between 1952 and 1953. Ironically, after it was demolished the hotelâ€™s vacant lot became the site of a Grand Union Supermarket.
The churchâ€™s bells: We are still trying to track down the history of the churchâ€™s two bells. Thankfully, those glorious bells (a great bell and a tolling bell) are still in place and functional. Parish lore informs us that the bells were forged at the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady where many of our parishioners worked.
Tadeusz Kszesniak created the Szopka which has been displayed in our church for the Christmas season for over 30 years. Tadeusz immigrated from Poland in the late 1970’s. Tadeusz had offered his artwork to St. Paulâ€™s R.C. parish in Schenectady where it was rejected. He approached Stefan WÄ™glinski from our parish who gladly accepted it.
Our 100th Anniversary web page at has a listing of all benefactors and what they donated.
Stay tuned for more to come – and comment if you are in the picture.