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Reynolds making history fun in Ballston

Town of Ballston historian Rick Reynolds
Town of Ballston historian Rick Reynolds

 

History can be both educational and entertaining. Why town of Ballston historian Rick Reynolds will even tell you it can be a lot of fun.

A former history teacher at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High, Reynolds will give a free presentation entitled "History Isn't Old, It's New," on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Cartmell Hall in the Calvary Church at 85 Lake Hill Rd., in Burnt Hills.

Among the topics to be discussed by Reynolds are the "French Connection" to the town of Ballston, and the "torrid love affair between Kitty Heaton and George Hulbert."

A Troy native and SUNY-Oneonta graduate, Reynolds became Ballston town historian in April of 2004 following the death of his predecessor, Katherine Briaddy.

Reynolds was recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in July of 2003. Since retiring from his teaching post he has performed a number of "living history" events in which he portrays Samuel Meredith, the first treasurer of the U.S. and a distant relative.

We recently tracked him down and presented him with five questions. Here are the questions and his brief responses.

1. Favorite time period in history? American Revolution, including all the events leading up to it, and the Federal Period right after it.

2. Favorite museum? Smithsonian American History Museum.

3. Favorite Historical Person? Samuel Meredith, treasurer of the U.S. from 1789-1801, whose life I have studied for years.

4. Favorite book? "Angela's Ashes."

5. Favorite movie? "Saving Private Ryan."