Abraham Van Santvoord, a descendent of one of the earliest Dutch settlers in Albany, was born in Schenectady on December 18, 1784. At the age of 14, he worked with his granduncle John Post who owned a shipping business in Utica. Since, at the time, there were few roadways, and the ones they had were snow covered in the winter and mud bogs in the spring, most shipping was done by water.
Van Santvoord successfully ran a shipping business on the Mohawk River. During the War of 1812, he contracted with agents of General Stephen Van Rensselaer of Albany to store and ship provisions westward on the Mohawk to support Van Rensselaer’s troops planning to invade Canada. Continue reading
On November 19, 2016 at 2 pm, celebrate 25 years of the Grems-Doolittle Library and Archives at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue.
Former Schenectady County Historical Society trustee Frank Taormina will give a presentation on the history of the library and there will be a selection of library and archival items showcasing 350 years of Schenectady’s history. Refreshments will also be served. Continue reading
The Mabee Farm Historic Site will host “Schenectady’s Struggle for Democracy” with Historian John Gearing, Saturday, November 5th at 2 pm.
Lawyer and historian John Gearing will cover decades of political intrigue, drawn-out lawsuits, and citizens’ voices going unheard through the road to Schenectady’s democracy. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Don Rittner discusses his latest book, The History of the Vale: Schenectady’s Historic Rural Cemetery (Square Circle Press, 2016) Rittner is a former city and county historian in Schenectady
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
Celebrate Schenectady County’s black history on Saturday, September 17th, at 1 pm with Profiles of African-Americans in Schenectady. This event will have living history performances focusing on former slaves who escaped the shackles of slavery and discrimination to achieve greatness. It will also include a walking tour of the Stockade neighborhood focusing on the area’s black history and a presentation by the Underground Railroad History Project. Refreshments will be served after the walking tour. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, instructor Diana Carter reports on archaeological digs along the Mohawk River and in the Stockade section of Schenectady done by the Community Archaeology Program at Schenectady County Community College. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
This week “The Historians” podcast features curator Mary Zawacki and other staff members from the Schenectady County Historical Society. Programs at the Schenectady society’s two venues span topics ranging from colonial days to General Electric and its impact on the economy. Listen at “The Historians” online archive here. Continue reading
The Schenectady County Historical Society will host walking tours of the Historic Stockade District to examine the history of brewing in the area from the colonial era to today’s craft brew revival.
Each tour begins with a look at the SCHS exhibit Hops & Hogsheads: Beer from Colonial to Craft Brew, and concludes with a tasting and tour at Mad Jack Brewery at the Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge. Continue reading
This week’s topic on “The Historians” podcast is genealogy, three interviews recorded with members of the Capital District Genealogical Society.
The program features Eric Johnson on African American history; Terri Moran with a family history that stretches to Sweden; and Jim Richmond, whose family research inspired him to write a book, The Middleline, the story of the founding of a Saratoga County community. You can listen at “The Historians” online archive. Continue reading
This week “The Historians Podcast” welcomes Daily Gazette features writer Bill Buell. Buell is the author of history books on Schenectady and Albany; he is working on a book on Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor, George Lunn. A native of Glenville and resident of Schenectady’s Stockade section, Bill is a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake schools and the University at Albany, with a degree in history. He started working with the Gazette as a sports writer in 1977. As a features writer he currently covers diverse topics including history, religion and the theater. Listen at “The Historians” online archive at http://www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians/