Welcome! The Galway Preservation Society encourages the awareness & preservation of the history of the Town of Galway, NY.

The Galway Preservation Society’s December meeting will be a special celebration for the publication of our new book! Join us for cake and a short presentation about the 15-year process of creating the book ! Books will be available for purchase for $40. Do your holiday gift shopping with us!

Coming Soon! It’s at the printer’s!!

The long-awaited book, Galway 1900 – 1949, A Photographic History of Life in the Town of Galway, Saratoga County, New York will be available for purchase very soon!

The book tells the story of the Town from the days when the Village was a summer resort with hotels and boarding houses, and water-powered mills along the Glowegee Creek produced flour, vinegar and lumber. One-room country schools dotted the countryside, Schenectady residents vacationed in tents at Galway Lake and the majority of residents farmed. 

 By 1949 hotels and mills had vanished, a central school district was formed, and camps lined the shores of Galway Lake. The number of farms diminished, most Galway residents commuted to work in Schenectady and other nearby cities, and Galway looked much as it does today. Over 300 photographs document this changing way of life in the first half of the twentieth century in the Town of Galway.

These books will make great gifts for everyone interested in the history and heritage of Galway! 

Other opportunities to purchase the book include:

Galway Public Library will hold book signings and sales on December 6 at 1:00pm and December 11 at 7:00pm.

On December 13 and 20, we’ll be at the library from 10:00am to 1:00pm selling the books.  

During open hours at the Galway branch of the Ballston Spa National Bank,

and at Galway Town Hall. 

Look for us at the Galway Market, dates/times tba.

And of course, we’ll have books at future Galway Preservation Society meetings.

If you are out of town, we’ll mail to you!   Order Form


Our next display in the lobby at Galway Town Hall: all about the book! Photos and information related to Galway 1900 – 1949, A Photographic History of Life in the Town of Galway, Saratoga County, New York.



The Galway Preservation Society is a partner with the Galway Public Library in the creation of the Galway Public Library’s Digital Collection in the New York Heritage website. View the collection here.

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