1638: Ancestor, Henry Peck, immigrated to New Haven, Connecticut from England.
1794: Eleazer Peck, great-great-grandfather of Charles, moved to Sand Lake, New York.
1833, March 30: Charles Horton Peck born to Joel C. and Pamela Horton Peck.
1847-1851: Charles attended Sand Lake Academy and worked in his father's sawmill during summers.
1851-June 1852: Attended Albany Normal School and worked on his father's farm.
1852: Joined Fourth Presbyterian Church of Albany.
1852, Fall-Winter 1853: Taught in a district school with 60 students in Poestenkill, New York.
1853, Summer: Clerked in the Sand Lake General Store for four months until he relinquished the job due to ill health.
1854: Entered Sand Lake Collegiate Institute (A boy's college preparatory boarding school known as Schram's).
1855, Fall-1859: Attended Union College where he received botanical instruction from Professor Jonathan Pearson.
1859, June: Received a B.A. degree from Union College.
1859, June-September 1863: Taught classics, mathematics, and botany at Sand Lake Collegiate Institute.
1861, April 10: Married Mary Catherine Sliter, a former classmate from Sand Lake.
1862: Received M.A. degree from Union College.
1863: First son, Harry Sliter Peck, born.
1863, September-February 1868: Moved to Albany and taught Latin, Greek, and bookkeeping at Albany Classical Institute which was also known as "Cass's Academy". During this period he worked earnestly on mosses and made the acquaintance of G. W. Clinton.
1865: Published first paper The Catalogue of Mosses Presented to the State of New York in the Eighteenth Annual Report of the State Cabinet of Natural History
1866: Volunteered to manage the herbarium of the New York State Museum.
1867, July 1: Started on part-time salary at the Museum as botanist in the Geological Survey headed by James Hall.
1868, May 12: Began work full-time at the Museum to build the cryptogamic collections. He also started to work on fungi and sent collections to M. A. Curtis for determination.
1868, December: Purchased a new microscope. (Click here for information on microscope)
1870: Published his first paper on fungi included in the Twenty Second Annual Report of the State Cabinet of Natural History.
1870: Second son, Charles Albert Peck, born.
1883: Officially appointed New York State Botanist by the State Legislature.
1886: Moved to 10 Lyons Avenue, Menands, New York, from 61 Dove Street, Albany, New York.
1893: Attended Worlds Columbian Exposition, Chicago.
1905: Hired Stewart H. Burnham as an assistant.
1908: Received Ph.D. (Hon.) from Union College.
1912, February: Peck's wife, Mary, passed away.
1912, November: Peck had a slight stroke, but continued to work.
1913, February: Had a major stroke which left him unable to resume botanical work.
1913, March: 80th birthday celebrated by receiving testimonial letters.
1913, July 1: Homer House was appointed temporary botanist.
1915, February 5: Peck's resignation approved by Board of Regents.
1917, July: Peck testimonial exhibit of mushroom models by Henry Marchand opened.
1917, July 11: Charles Peck passed away.
1979: State Natural History Collections moved to Cultural Education Center.