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The Uncle Sam Project

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Download the full Uncle Sam Program HERE!

Troy is a City rich in history. From women’s rights to the industrial age, abolition to Uncle Sam, there is literally history around every corner. It is in appreciating and recognizing this history that we truly appreciate our community.

The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID), with the presenting support of the Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program and in cooperation with The City of Troy, the Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) and The Arts Center of the Capital Region worked with 25 artists and 5 school groups on the design of the 30 fiberglass statues you will see installed throughout the Downtown Troy streetscape. 13 of these statues were generously sponsored by Downtown businesses, and will remain part of the streetscape for the foreseeable future. The 17 additional statues will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the exhibit period in November. Proceeds of this auction will benefit the 5 participating school groups, as well as help fund the project.

We wish to thank the Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program, without whom this project would not have been possible. We would also like to thank Mayor Rosamilia the City of Troy, our project advisor, Professor Kelly Jones form the Sage Colleges and of course, the wonderfully talented artists who so beautifully shared their work with us.

We encourage you to take photos posing with our Sams (we like to call this – “Unclesaming”) – tag us in your photos (Downtown Troy Business Improvement District on Facebook, #Unclesamproject on twitter) - We hope you enjoy The Uncle Sam Project, and take the time to truly discover each individual statue and the businesses, buildings and people who make Downtown Troy great.