National Register Designation
In 2013, First Congregational began to digitize and reorganize its archives. With records dating back to 1849, it was realized that many of the original documents in the church's archive were of significance on the regional and national levels. With that in mind, John Dennehey, historian of First Congregational Church, initiated a discussion with representatives of the State Office of Historic Preservation. Out of those discussions, an application was made to list the Quail Street Church building on the New York State Register of Historic Places. The application was discussed at a meeting of the Register's Review Board in March 2014 and was attended by John Dennehey (Church Historian) and Rebecca Partridge (Deaconate) who represented the church and answered questions from officials. During the meeting, Review Board members remarked at the care taken in maintaining the integrity of the historic church as well as the ongoing commitment to history. The church application also received support from Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, City Historian Tony Opalka, and Assemblyman John McDonald.

The First Congregational Church was officially listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places in 2014. A press announcement made by Governor Cuomo was followed by news articles and media attention highlighting the church’s historic designation and its role in Albany's history. 

As a followup to the State Register Designation, State Preservation Officials submitted the church's application for designation to the National Register of Historic Places. In September 2014, First Congregational Church was formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In November 2017, First Congregational Church celebrated "Cornerstone Sunday" with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and an announcement of celebrations to come in 2019.
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