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First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY

First Reformed Church of Schenectady

First Reformed Church, also known as the Dutch Reformed Church, was first organized in 1674, but did not have a regular minister until 1684. It had several different locations before the current one at Union and Church Street was built in 1863. A major fire in 1948 destroyed almost all of the church, leaving only the four stone walls standing. It was rebuilt and dedicated in 1950. It is actually their sixth church building.

A well known incident in the church's history took place in 1943 when the minister, Rev. Lt. Clark V. Poling was serving in North Africa. When his ship was torpedoed, he and three other chaplains assisted the troops and eventually gave up their own life jackets. All four chaplains went down with the ship and were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their heroic actions.

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Speaker: Joan Ipsen
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