Schenectady this Week

Schenectady County Historical Society
There’s always more to uncover!

Join us on a walking tour and explore Schenectady County and its stories.

Most tours are FREE for members. Not yet a member? Join today for $25, and discover Schenectady with us this summer!

Taste of Little Italy Tour
Saturday June 22 and Wednesday July 10, 2pm @Municipal Lot on Warren Street • $15

Che Bello! Come explore Schenectady’s Little Italy
in the best way possible- through its foods! We’ll be visiting some of the best
restaurants around and see how history brought these unique flavors to our town. The sights, the smells, the tastes… mamma mia!

African American History Tour
June 29 at 10am and July 17 at 6pm @ 32 Washington • $10, free for members

Schenectady’s black heritage is rich and storied — especially in the Stockade. Join us for a walking tour as we explore the people and places that make Schenectady’s black heritage so vibrant.  From the Underground Railroad to the Great Migration and the Civil Rights movement, African Americans have created a proud and tangible legacy in Schenectady County’s history! recounts the unique struggles faced by African Americans in our city.

State and Jay Street Tour
June 20 and July 18 at 6pm @ 422 Liberty Street • $10, free for members

Downtown Schenectady is alive with a brand new energy! You may know the awesome restaurants and storefronts that make these streets unique but do you know the history? Talk a walk with us as we see how the dusty “Road to Albany” became the heart of an American city.

Footsteps of Hamilton
Saturday, August 17 at 10am @ 32 Washington Ave • $10, free for members

Hamilton is in town! No, really! Join us as we celebrate the opening of HAMILTON at Proctors with a walk through Schenectady dedicated to the travels of Alexander Hamilton, and some of his contemporaries. We’ll touch on Hamilton’s friends, lovers, and politics, and explore how the American Revolution manifested in Schenectady.

Secret Stockade Saturdays
Saturdays: June 1, July 6, August 3, Sept 7, and Oct 5 at 10:00 am • $20

The Stockade and its secrets come to life on this behind-the-scenes journey through the neighborhood. Join us for a morning of mysteries as our guides lead us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours.

Scandalous Schenectady
Friday, August 23 and Thursday, August 29 at 6pm @ 32 Washington Ave • $10, free for members

Every city has its fair share of scandal!Scandalous Schenectady recalls some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters. Bold bootlegging, cruel kidnappings and maybe even a few mysterious murders…this tour has it all! 

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Coming up…
Historic Home Buying Seminar
Saturday June 15 at 2pm @ 32 Washington Ave • Free!

Have you ever pictured yourself living in one of Schenectady’s many historic homes? Did you know that NYS offers many grants and incentives for restoring old houses? Why raze, when you can rehabilitate!

Restoring an old house can be a rewarding challenge, but many don’t know where to begin. Join us for an afternoon discussing the challenges and benefits of restoring and rehabilitating old or historic homes. We will talk with the area’s leading professionals in everything from researching to buying and discuss ways to finance your dreams!

Geared towards the residential housing market, this seminar will help answer questions and discuss the risks/ benefits for home buyers interested in restoring old houses. Matt Smith, from the city’s Department of Development and the HOMES Schenectady Program, will be presenting on the grants available to home buyers, as well as historic tax credits and other rehab/home buyer incentives. Kim Rainey from Saratoga National Bank’s Schenectady Branch, will be discussing the SONYMA Neighborhood Revitalization Program and various mortgage programs available. Mary D’Alessandro, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, Realtors, will be giving a realtor’s point of view of the home buying process. And of course, SCHS staff will be on hand to discuss the various resources available to research the history of your new home!

Plein Air Workshop
Saturday, June 15, 10am – 3pm • $40/person plus $15 for materials (optional)

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and be inspired by the beauty of Mabee Farm in this full day workshop. Members of the Schenectady Art Society will guide and instruct participants in the technical aspects of outdoor painting.  Whether you are new to painting, an experienced artist looking for a new approach, or interested in exploring a new medium, this workshop is perfect for you! Open to all levels and all methods of artists, our expert instructors will guide you through the plein air method using three types of mediums: acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal. You can bring your own supplies or purchase materials provided by the instructors.

This is a full day workshop with a mid-day break for lunch. Mabee Farm has plenty of picnic tables with stunning views overlooking the Mohawk River, so be sure to pack something to eat! Pre-registration is required. For more information email: exhibits@schenectadyhistorical.org.

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A New Leash on Life 5k
Sunday, June 9, 8:30am • $25

Calling all runners, animal lovers, and avid dog walkers! A New Leash on Life 5K is one of the only organized races in the Capital Region where you can run alongside man’s best friend! All proceeds benefit the Schenectady SPCA. Register at www.countyspca.com/5k.

Schenectady County Historical Society
Mabee Farm Historic Site
1100 Main Street
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
(518) 887-5073
Museum & Library
32 Washington Ave
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-0263
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