"Don Rittner" is an United States/American historian, archeologist, environmental activist, teacher/educator, and writer/ author living in the Capital District, Schenectady County, New York. He is the official Schenectady County Historian, responsible for providing guidance and support to municipal historians and serving as a conduit between the State Historian in Albany and the local historians in their counties. He is also the Schenectady, New York/Schenectady City Historian and was the Albany, New York/Albany City Archeologist (1973-79). He is the author of more than 35 books on history, natural history, computers, and other subjects.

He attended the University of Albany where as a student he continued the earlier work of William B. Efner, his predecessor as County Historian. In 1973 he became the archeologist for the city of Albany. He excavated old Colonial tavern sites and roads, and located the old King's Highway, erecting markers to commemorate the historic route.

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