The Schenectady County Historical Society has announced that Back in My Day: Childhood, Play, and Schenectady, an exhibition examining play and childhood in the 20th and 21st Centuries, is set to open on January 19th with an opening reception at 2 pm. The exhibit will run through November 16, 2019.
Susanna Fout, the SCHS Curator, was inspired to create the exhibit while examining SCHS’s many toys, dolls, and other childhood artifacts.
In preparing for the exhibition, SCHS collected stories from the community. Questionnaires were sent out, and over 100 responses were received from people of all ages and backgrounds, sharing their favorite childhood moments. Many of these stories are featured throughout the exhibit.
The stories are also archived at the SCHS Grems-Doolittle Library.
In addition to examining the cultural, social, and technological influences on childhood, Back in My Day encourages visitors to recollect their own experiences, and to look for similarities and differences between their childhood and that of their parents, children, etc. Some of the themes explored in-depth include the importance of outdoors, home life, school, toys, technology and rule breaking.
The opening reception will feature an afternoon of storytelling and reminiscing with members from a local guild, Story Circle of the Capital District.
Refreshments will be served at the opening reception, which is free to SCHS members, $5 for the general public.
The Schenectady County Historical Society is located at 1601,32 Washington Ave, Schenectady.