Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From John Elberfeld: JElberfeld@aol.com,

Dear Hilltown Neighbors and Friends:

We’d like to share some exciting news with you and ask for your help. We’re under contract with Arcadia Publishing to write a new pictorial history book, Helderberg Hilltowns, and we’re looking for vintage photographs to include in it. The book will be part of Arcadia’s “Images of America” series—possibly you’ve seen some of their books with sepia-tone photographs on the cover.

We’re excited to be writing a book that will encompass all the Hilltowns, but we need your support. Do you have any vintage photos that tell about life in the Hilltowns—Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville, and Westerlo—from approximately 1880 to 1960? We’d love to include SCANS of your photos of people doing everyday things, like feeding the chickens, riding a new bike, showing off ribbons won at the fair, standing beside a huge snowbank, or working at a quarry.

If you have any good-quality vintage photos, please contact us, and we’ll take a look. If we use your photo in our book, you’ll receive credit in the Acknowledgements section. The publisher asks us not to use photos of old photos, newspaper clippings, or Xerox copies. They want new scans of original photographs.

On November 8, we’ll be scanning photos at the election night supper at Knox Reformed Church from 4:30 to 7:00. We can scan while you eat, and you can take your photos home with you. We can also bring the scanner to your house almost any day or evening and scan them right there.


  1. How did the search go for old vintage photos. I'd be interested in the book. My ancestor Abel Ford was one of the 1st members in Rensselaerville. I'd love to see what the town looked like. Unfortunately, his last resting place Scutt Cemetery in Preston Hollow has fallen into a neglected state. He was a revolutionary war soldier.

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  2. I spent months at a time at my grandmother Flossie Ilsa Wideman Klersy's farm. Her mother was Francis Brate (Kline) Wideman, and Francis daughter from a previous marriage was Alida (Kline) Hotaling.

    My name is Daleen and I would love to be involved in your project. My great grandparents owned the Qushaqua Hotel and evidently the family supplied the slate for the entire City of Albany.

    I have seen the slate farm, one summer my Uncle Perrin, Aunt Linda and cousins all went on a hike just down the hill from grandma's to see it. You can actually see it from the front porch. Unfortunately, after my grandma died, (God rest her soul), he sold the house that had been built by my great great grandfather Nicholas Wideman.