In 1799, Cato, an enslaved man who resided in the Brick House, attempted to escape to freedom, taking only the clothes on his back. The Mabees took out an advertisement in a local newspaper to attempt to re-enslave him. [Read more…] about Former Slave Dwelling in Schenectady County Needs Preservation
Schenectady County Historical Society
The Schenectady County Historical Society brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House. Visit their events calendar to find information about upcoming events.
Before the United States flag took its official and now more familiar form in 1777, several other flags served to protest infringements on liberties in the British colonies. One popular design, long before independence, simply proclaimed “Liberty.”
Protesting American colonists had been hoisting flags with the word “Liberty” since at least the time of the Stamp Act crisis of 1765. The dark blue silk Liberty Flag of Schenectady, believed to have been created between 1765 and 1771, had the word “Liberty” sewn on both sides. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Liberty Poles & Flags Feature At January Commemoration
On October 21, 1941, 46 days before Pearl Harbor, The National Academy of Sciences Uranium Committee met in the office of Dr. William C. Coolidge, director of the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady. This top-secret meeting was historic for two reasons. [Read more…] about J Robert Oppenheimer in Schenectady
The Schenectady County Historical Society have announced their history walking and kayak tours are set to return to Schenectady and Waterford this summer. [Read more…] about Schenectady County History Walking & Kayak Tours
The Schenectady County Historical Society has announced their annual meeting, featuring a talk by Dr. Lucianne Lavin on Dutch-Native American Relationships in Eastern New Netherland, is set for Saturday, April 29th. [Read more…] about Dutch-Native American Relationships in Eastern New Netherland
Daniel Mazeau and Aaron Gore, archaeologists with Beverwyck Archaeology, recently completed field investigations and research for the Yates house and property in Glenville, Schenectady County, NY, once home to the family of Joseph Yates (1707-1748). Yates was the grandfather of Joseph Christopher Yates (1768-1837), a lawyer, politician, statesman, founding trustee of Union College and longtime Schenectady Mayor who also served as the 7th Governor of New York in 1823-1824. [Read more…] about Recent Archaeology at the Joseph Yates House in Schenectady County
Schenectadians of the early American Republic (ca. 1800-1830) lived through defining years of the nation’s history. They were part of a growing city in a new nation, which would have to shape diverse peoples, religions, and geographical spaces into a free and prosperous republic. At the same time, Schenectady was already chartered as a city, and sought to define its own local identity. [Read more…] about Schenectady in the Early Republic, 1800-1830
In 1886 inventors George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison each believed their electric current was superior and battled to convince the world that their work is the future – Schenectady played an important role in this battle. [Read more…] about Edison, Westinghouse & Schenectady
The Dutch had an important influence in developing and maintaining slavery in what is now New York State. Indeed, to understand the history of slavery in New York we need to recognize it as more distinctly Dutch.
Dutch attitudes about the utility and morality of slavery presented a major roadblock in attempts to end slavery in New York State through gradual abolition, by resisting the political and legal changes that ultimately brought about the end of slavery in the state in 1827. [Read more…] about The Slow Death of Slavery in Dutch New York
Christ Church Episcopal in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, NY, was founded in 1793 and considered the oldest active and unaltered Episcopal Church in New York State, if not also in the United States.