In recognition of approaching graduation ceremonies, the Republican will present a glimpse of ceremonies of the past, including this shot at the 1978 Rensselaer Central High School ceremony in the gymnasium. The school’s yearbook, Chaos, failed to provide identity for persons in the picture above. If you know who they are, please call us at 866-5111 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll provide the answer to this question in next week’s Peek at the Past. Photo from chaos. Rensselaer Republican 4/28/03
Charlie Halleck Day - Sept. 13, 1962
In 1962, the former president came to Rensselaer to personally endorse Halleck for re-election. This event is still talked about by residents who remember the visit. The day-long visit included a public speech delivered on the courthouse steps, the dedication of a cornerstone for Saint Joseph's College's Halleck Center, as well as other dinners and revelries that would accompany a visit from such a distinguished guest.
You can read the full text of Eisenhower's speech that day at the National Archives. (The link is to a 190-page pdf of his collected post-Presidential speeches, organized by date. The speech is on pages 66-69.)
Click on the links below to see coverage from the Rensselaer Republican newspaper of the pre-visit preparation and the visit itself. These files were taken from the microfilm records available at the library.