First Congregational Church was formed in 1849. The Rev. Dr. Ray Palmer, noted scholar, theologian, and poet, was called as the first pastor. In 1852, the church hosted the “Albany Convention”, pivotal to the establishment of the denomination.
In 1917, First Congregational Church relocated and became the first church to serve the   growing "Woodlawn" area of the city. The   present church building, dedicated to Rev. Dr. Ray Palmer, was designed by noted architect Albert W. Fuller, who had been a member of the church. 

In 2014, First Congregational Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing its contribution to the Congregational denomination and to the city of Albany.
Our Web Series, "Stories from the Archive", brings to life some of the things we've discovered in our archives:
"Albany Convention of 1852"
"The New Old Education Wing"
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