Local History

The Ed & Francine Rodger Local History Room houses the Town of Clifton Park’s History Collection. Access Local History Room hours and rules of use.

Local History Sites

Learn more about Clifton Park historical sites.

Learn more about Halfmoon historical sites.

Local History Presentations


In-House Collections

Clifton Park Town Collection

Consists of such manuscript materials as photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and Justice of the Peace records pertaining to the history of Clifton Park that have been collected by Town Historians John Scherer and Howard Becker.

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Pre-Shenendehowa Schools Collection

Records and photographs from 22 small schools in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, and Round Lake that consolidated in 1950 to form the Shenendehowa Central School System. Also in the collection are records from the preceding Third Supervisory District of Saratoga County, and papers of Rodney Winans, Superintendent from 1929 to 1961. The records in this collection are not complete. Most documents date in the 1910 to 1961 range.

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History Files about Clifton Park and Halfmoon

Contains newspaper clippings and other materials pertaining to the history of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, and adjacent towns.

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Pre-Shenendehowa School Census

Database contains directory information about individual students, from 1920 to 1950.  Access is only available in the Local History Room.



Find histories of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Saratoga, surrounding towns and counties; published genealogies; Howard Becker’s compilations of cemetery records; early town roads; early schools; and more.

Access the index to Bits of Clifton Park History and More Bits of Clifton Park History by John Scherer.


The Local History Room houses about 50 framed works from various periods of Clifton Park history, including some historic photos, portraits, and paintings. Browse the list of items here.



Copies of the 1856 Geil Map of Saratoga County, the 1866 Beers Atlas of Saratoga County and more recent maps of Clifton Park and Halfmoon.



Find New York State Census–Saratoga County 1800, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925, and Records of American Baptist Churches in New York: Local Churches.


Digital Collections

New York Heritage

Access historical photographs of our area. 


Online Exhibits

Explore “A Brief History of Clifton Park and Halfmoon,” “The Erie Canal in Saratoga County,” “The Journey to Moe Road,” and “Clifton Park’s Oldest Artifacts.”

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Genealogy Databases

Explore Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and African American Heritage.

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Resource Videos

Local History Videos

Genealogy Videos