This week on The Historians Podcast, James Schaefer, Rotterdam’s new town historian, discusses his Schenectady County hometown, his neighborhood along Schermerhorn Road and the town’s role in a New York hiking trail. [Read more…] about Rotterdam’s New Town Historian (Interview)
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John F. Gearing’s new book Schenectady Genesis, Volume II: The Creation of an American City from an Anglo-Dutch Town, ca. 1760-1800 (Colonial Schenectady Project, Ltd., 2020) looks back into Schenectady’s history: from the post French & Indian War period, into the War for Independence, and later Schenectady’s own fight for independence from Albany. [Read more…] about New Book Focuses On Growth of Schenectady in 1760-1800
This week on The Historians Podcast, John Woodward tells us about the bicentennial of Rotterdam, NY, a town in Schenectady County. Woodward chairs Rotterdam’s bicentennial committee and previously served 25 years as Schenectady County Clerk. [Read more…] about Rotterdam, NY, Celebrates Its Bicentennal
Schenectady County Historical Society has released a slate of Youtube videos that focus on various aspects of Mabee Farm and broader Schenectady County history. [Read more…] about Virtual Tours of Schenectady County History
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. [Read more…] about Shuttered, Schenectady Co Historical Continues Mission
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Bill Buell who discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady. Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.
You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor (Historians Podcast)
Schenectady County Historian Bill Buell’s new book George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady (The Troy Book Makers, 2019) looks back at Schenectady native George Lunn, and his life in politics.
An Iowa native, George Lunn came to Schenectady in 1904 to become senior pastor at the First Reformed Church in the city’s Stockade Neighborhood. He entered politics in 1911 and was elected mayor of Schenectady as a member of the Socialist Party of America. [Read more…] about George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady
The Schenectady County Historical Society has announced a number of guided walking tours set in Schenectady County, beginning Saturday, June 22nd. [Read more…] about Schenectady Co Historical Plans Walking Tours
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. [Read more…] about Schenectady Co Historical Seeks Input On Future
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. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Struggle for Democracy Lecture Saturday