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Dr. Paul Loatman
City Historian

36 North Main St
Mechanicville, NY  12118

Ph: (518) 664-9884

Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
     Dr. Paul Loatman is a noted historian and City resident.  Dr. Loatman specializes in the history of the area and has researched and written a series of articles about the history of Mechanicville.  Click any of the links below to get acquainted with the history of our city.

  • "With All Due Respect - Remembering Our Heroes" July 12, 2012
  • "Remembering The Union's First Hero - Colonel Elmer Ellsworth"May 26, 2011
  •  "Patriotism Is Not Dead"May 10, 2011
  • Ellsworth Remembered April 29, 2011
  • Ellsworth Was The First... April 20, 2011
  • Ellsworth Featured in National Portrait Gallery April 13,2011
  • The Italian "Feste" Part 2 August 10, 2010
  •  The Italian "Feste" Part 1August 3, 2010
  • And I Think to Myself…What a Wonderful World February 13, 2010
  • The End of Our Beginning June 20, 2009
  • Ye Olde Fire Laddies July 13, 2008
  • Band of Brothers February 21, 2008 (originally published July 6, 2003)
  • Mechanicville Thanksgiving December 28, 2007
  • Veteran's Monument Dating - October 19, 2007
  • Tracking History July 4, 2007
  • Who's Famous Now?May 3, 2007
  • Matchless Mechanicville May 9, 2007
  • Mechanicville's Ethnic HeritageJune 2006
  • Mechanicville Heritage - A Thumbnail Sketch May 29, 2006
  • Whose Bell Tolls For Whom?May 21, 2002
  • Harnessing The Hudson December 31, 2002
  • History of Catholicism in Mechanicville
  • West Nile? Meet "The Mother of all Viruses"November 7, 2001
  • Hold That Line 
  • Why I Chose Mechanicville
  • What's In A Name 
  • Caption Lemuel Roberts Forgotten Hero?
  • Why Do They Call It "The Dutch Gap?"
  • It Was Déjà vu All Over Again 
  • History of the Railroads in Mechanicville
  • Melting Pot or Mixing Pot? Mechanicville's Ethnic Heritage 
  • Follow The Yellow Brick Road 
  • Oh, Those Good Old Days 
  • Italian Celebration Plans Set
  • Contidini in The New World Paese
  • Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors
  • How Soon They Forget! Mechanicville's 'Unsung' Star
  • Knitting the Past Together 
  • How the Irish Discovered Mechanicville, if not America
  • Wondering About the Irish
  • With Apologies to the Schaghticokes 
  • You Can Count On It 
  • Remembering Mississippi Jenkins 
  • "Ocolika" - Riverside 
  • "The Greatest Generation" Lives Here Too! 
  • President Visits
  • History of the paper industry in Mechanicville
  • Cyclone-Hurricane Visits this City
  • Uncovering The Past
  • The Name Game
  • Seeing the Light
  • " ... And Then There Was One" 
  • Who Killed Capt Bratt 

    The Fort Family Photographs 1897-1900