The Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) is seeking public input on what makes a modern historical organization thrive.
The SCHS, working through a grant with Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York, has scheduled three round-table discussions on the future of the organization.
Key questions include how SCHS can be more inclusive, how SCHS can better serve the community, and how history is being made in Schenectady today. 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, Daily Gazette feature writer Bill Buell discusses his recent story on several vacancies in Schenectady area municipal historian positions. Buell also has an update on his research on Schenectady’s Socialist mayor, George Lunn. 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 Sixth Annual Schenectady Celtic Heritage Day, presented by a partnership of the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Schenectady Ancient Order of Hibernians, will be held at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on June 6, 2015 from 11 am to 7 pm.
This year’s event brings live music from regional Celtic favorite Triskele, as well as Dublin Train Wreck, and the Fiddler’s Tour plus Celtic dance performances by the Braemor Highland Dancers and the Farrell School of Irish Dance. Continue reading
The Schenectady County Historical Society will present its seventh season of the Howlin’ at the Moon concert series at Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction, NY, just west of Schenectady.
The 2015 season includes 12 scheduled evenings of live music, featuring regional folk and bluegrass artists events – one each month on the Full Moon. Continue reading
Utilizing oral history excerpts, union and corporate archival documents, state police files, and newspapers, Dr. Gerald Zahavi will explore the beginning of aggressive communist organizing in Schenectady during the Great Depression and afterward.
Zahavi will focus on the men and women in the party as well as those who actively fought it — opponents in state and local government, unions and corporations (especially General Electric), religious organizations, and civil rights groups. Continue reading
This year marks fifty years since the passing of John S. Apperson, Jr., a celebrated Lake George conservationist. To honor his memory and accomplishments, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) held a gathering on July 21 hosted by LGLC Director Debbie Hoffman and her husband Bill, at their Bolton Landing home in the heart of “Apperson Territory”.
Over 60 people joined together for the casual event. Guests were able to walk around the property, which neighbored Bill and Kathleen Horne’s home known as the Annex, and enjoy the lakefront views. Continue reading
When you discuss Negro baseball, most people think of names like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell. These were some of the biggest stars in the professional Negro leagues. However, this was not the only place where you could see Negro teams play. Throughout the country there were independent teams, like the Mohawk Colored Giants.
The Giants got their start in 1913 under the organization of Bill Wernecke. Although this was seasonal work for these ball players, they were full time paid players. By offering full time jobs, Wernecke was able to lure players into Schenectady from all over the country. The Giants would play their home games at the nicest ball field in Schenectady, Island Park.
As the new year gets underway, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on open issues from years gone by. I am referring now to the role in 2013 of the county historian as a custodian for New York State history as we forge ahead with our Path through History Project.
The starting point for this investigation is an article which appeared on September 12, 2012 just after the summer launch in August entitled “New York State’s Curious, Century-Old Law Requiring Every City and Town to Have a Historian” by Amanda Erickson in The Atlantic Cities. Continue reading