Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Engelhardts and Their Pianos

 On Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Community House, the museum committee of Margaret Reaney Memorial Library will present THE ENGELHARDTS AND THEIR PIANOS.
Frederick Engelhardt arrived in the United States from Germany at the age of ten.  With a penchant for woodworking and carving he apprenticed as a cabinet maker eventually becoming a skilled piano artisan.  At one time he worked for Alfred Dolge of Dolgeville.  In the late 1870s Engelhardt relocated to New York working in the Strauch piano action plant where he remained until going to work for the renowned Steinway and Sons.  
Not content with that, Engelhardt had a vision of going into business for himself.  That was realized when he, along with AP Roth, went into business together in New York, relocating to St. Johnsville when their New York business was completely gutted by fire.  AP Roth retired in 1908 with Frederick Engelhardt buying out his interest and renaming the company F. Engelhardt and Sons. 
The program will include a power point presentation, display of Engelhardt items from the museum's collection, question and answer session, and a little music. Anyone who has a photo or item related to the Engelhardts is urged to bring it to share. 
The St. Johnsville Community House is located on Washington Street; please use the ramp entrance off the parking lot.  


Anyone desiring further information is invited to call the Reaney Library at 518-568-7822. 

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