Like every organization in the state and nation, Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) is responding to the national emergency caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
In New York State, our historic sites and museums—along with other “non-essential” businesses—have been necessarily closed for an indeterminate period of time.
Given this crisis SCHS recently updated its members and supporters on the ways in which the organization is staying true to its mission, and suggesting way to help the orginzation continue to serve the community.
– Last week, SCHS announced they would be suspending all public programs and closing their sites to the public through early April. Now, with the state’s closure of operations such as theirs, they will remain closed indefinitely.
– Despite the closure, SCHS employees are working from home, where they will be sending out regular e-blasts with updates and historical information. At the same time, staff will be available to respond to your questions and thoughts by email.
– SCHS is working to increase their digital outreach by creating virtual tours of our own sites and exhibits, as well as historic places around Schenectady County, by releasing a new podcast, and by ramping up their social media outreach.
– SCHS is also managing essential buildings and grounds projects at their historic sites, including opening the Mabee Farm nature trails for the spring. Visitors are permitted to walk the trails and grounds while following current NYS guidelines on social distancing. Restrooms will not be open to the public however, until further notice.
You can contribute to their efforts by joining as a member, renewing your membership, and urging others to become members. SCHS remains a membership organization, and in times like these, your continuing support is vital to their operations.