This summer, the Schenectady County Historical Society is set to present Rowing the River and Kayak Through History: two series of hands-on boat programs that enable participants to see and learn about the Mohawk River in person. Whether through the wooden oars of reproduction bateaux, or through sleek, modern kayak paddles, visitors can experience everything the Mohawk River has to offer.
Attendees will navigate through forested islands and narrow inlets and learn about the earliest Schenectady history to the most modern riverside developments. Continue reading
The Dutch Settlers Society’s annual meeting has been set for June 23 at the Brouwer House 14 North Church Street in Schenectady’s Stockade District. Continue reading
This week on The Historians podcast, Chris Leonard, the newly appointed Schenectady City Historian, talks about the many facets of the Electric City from General Electric and Charles Steinmetz, to the GE Realty Plot, baseball and even food.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
An American Revolution Round Table discussion on Schenectady in the Revolution, led by John Gearing, has been set for Monday, March 5th at the Schenectady County Community College, in the Stockade Building’s Lecture Hall, room 101, 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady.
This event is hosted by SUNY Schenectady County Community College-Community Archaeology Program and the American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys. Continue reading
The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson-Mohawk Valleys is hosting a free event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 8 am to 4:15 pm. The Military Theaters of the American Revolution Symposium is based on the book of the same name, Theaters of the American Revolution.
Five experts on the American Revolution will discuss the Northern Theater, the Western Theater, the War at Sea, the Southern Theater, and the Middle Theater. Continue reading
The Schenectady County Historical Society will host a Stockade Walkabout on Saturday, September 23, from 11 am to 5 pm.
The walk will begin at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, and will focus on transformation, and the many changes the neighborhood has witnessed since the 1600s.
Schenectady’s Stockade is the oldest registered historic district in New York State. The Stockade Walkabout grants visitors the chance to step inside privately-owned homes in the neighborhood. Continue reading
Historic beer tours of the Stockade District will be held on Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28 at 6 pm.
Hosted by the Schenectady County Historical Society, the “Schenectady Suds” tours will meet at the Schenectady County Historical Society and end at the Van Dyck / Mad Jack Brewery. Continue reading
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