Glens Falls celebrates its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city today — March 13, 2008. The city’s Chapman Historical Museum will observe the milestone with the exhibition “Building Blocks of a Community: 100 Years of Commerce in Glens Falls.” The Chapman recently allowed The Gazette to view photos in its electronic scrapbook; here are some of our favorites.
Members of the St. Mary’s High School baseball team, some wearing their gloves, prepare for strikes and singles in this undated photograph.
Members of the Glens Falls High School Class of 1917 dress for success — men in suits and ties, women in white jumpers and bows.
Glens Falls’ former Merkel and Gelman store was famous for its elaborate display windows. A display from the mid-1940s congratulates the Girl Scouts of America on its 32nd anniversary.
The Paramount Theater at Ridge and Maple Streets was a popular place for movies in Glens Falls. A large crowd gathered for an event at the theater during the winter of 1947.
The 1925 fire at the Rialto Theatre and Hotel attracted hundreds of spectators to downtown Glens Falls.
Richard Nixon, in his first year as vice president to Dwight D. Eisenhower, waves to fans on Glen Street as his motorcade proceeds north to the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing during the summer of 1953.
The Glens Falls Academy 1921 girls’ basketball team wore skirts, long socks, long-sleeved blouses and oversized bows.
The gang was in place at Coolidge and Bentley at 118 Glen St. when a photographer visited during the late 1800s — years before Glens Falls was incorporated as a city. The store publicizes an upcoming autumn pumpkin pie festival, and has several gourds on display to help drum up publicity.