The Hoosick Township Historical Society celebrates the heritage of a town rich with historical significance tracing back to the colonial era. It is our mission to explore, preserve, and share the history and artifacts that commemorate the town of Hoosick and celebrate its role in the growth and development of the region. Through the work of the Louis Miller Museum, our public events, our genealogy resources, and special projects, we connect the community with our shared past.
The Hoosick Township Historical Society was founded in 1974 in order to preserve the town’s history, educate both children and adults, and to present and promote the stories, creations and history of Hoosick, NY and its environs. The Society opened the doors to the museum in August of 1982 in a building donated by the Miller family for that purpose. The museum was run for 15 years by a volunteer director, along with a cadre of volunteers. The director is now the only paid employee, but our tradition of extensive volunteer participation remains strong.
Hyman and Bessie Miller originally purchased the home in 1924. The family founded Miller's Supermarket, which they operated in the village until they retired in 1973. The Miller family property was donated to the Society in September, 1981. Joseph, Dora, and Sadye Miller offered the use of the property as a museum and meeting place in memory of their brother, Louis, who died in 1980 while visiting Hoosick Falls.
This gift benefiting the town of Hoosick is a fitting memorial to Louis Miller, who had maintained a continuing affection for the community.
The Louis Miller Museum, located at 166 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of Hoosick, a region that has played host to exploration, revolution, and industry. Our museum serves local residents who are interested in the history of their town, but also offers many items in our collection of more global interest.
Here you'll find vast collections, encompassing the people, places, and events that formed Hoosick and the surrounding area. The museum contains memorabilia about Grandma Moses, who had extensive connections here, a growing collection of material about the Battle of Bennington, which took place here, and one of the best collections anywhere on the Walter Wood Company, which was one of the largest and most innovative farm implement companies in the country in the 19th century.
Unlike other museums, we ask that visitors "please touch" items in exhibits and even try on antique clothing!
There is so much to discover and learn on the Hoosick Township Historical Society website! Explore our archives of newspapers, obituaries, wedding and anniversary announcements, biographies of notable figures, essays on wartime conflicts, the history of the town of Hoosick and the surrounding hamlets - and much more. These archives provide a rich source of materials for those exploring their family history or any history buff. If you are inspired to know more, contact us or stop by the museum.
As a not-for-profit entity, the Hoosick Historical Society and Louis Miller Museum relies on donations from the community to support our mission to chronicle and preserve the history of the region. Please consider becoming a member today. Your membership, and any donations to the museum, are tax-deductible.