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Subject: FORT ORANGE State Historic Marker
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I have two inquiries about the Fort Orange state historic marker that used =
to stand in the park at the foot of State Street here in Albany. Many of =
you will recall the street that ran around that park, in front of the D&H =

Years ago, when SUNY took over the building, the street was removed and =
the park was extended right up to the building front. Several historic =
markers that used to stand along the street were removed.=20

One of these was the "Fort Orange" marker, which had the following text:

"FORT ORANGE Site of West India Company Colony 1624. Here was born Sarah =
Rapelje, first white child in N.Y. State, 1625. Fort stood S.E. by the =

Some years ago there was an email  discussion about these markers. If was =
found that most of them that were removed were placed in storage here in =
the State Museum. I believe that at that time that this one was found to =
be missing, and it still is.

This week two descendants of the Rapalje family on the very same day sent =
letters about this marker - one from Glen Cove, NY and one from Bellflower,=
 IL. The one from Bellflower wanted a picture of the sign; the one from =
Glen Cove supplied a picture of the sign and wanted it restored to its =
original location. Happy coincidence on the picture, anyway.

Does anyone have any further recollection of this marker or know what =
might have heppend to it?

Philip Lord, Jr.
Acting Chief, Historical Survey
New York State Museum
Albany, NY 12230
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