“Schenectady’s General Electric Realty Plot” Book Release Party
Tuesday, May 7 at 6pm @ 32 Washington Ave • Free!
Join us to celebrate the release of “Schenectady’s General Electric Realty Plot”, the first book by Schenectady City Historian and SCHS Trustee, Chris Leonard.
Leonard, a resident of the GE Realty Plot for 5 years, produced this book using photographs from SCHS’ Grems-Doolittle Library, as well as the Efner History Center at City Hall, MiSci, the Special Collections at Union College’s Schaffer Library, and from the personal collections of many friends and neighbors. The book covers the history of the GE Realty Plot from Thomas Edison’s arrival in Schenectady, through the desperate attempts to save the homes in the 1970s. Leonard will take us through the stately homes, unique characters, and revolutionary scientific advancements that have taken place in “the Plot.” We’ll have refreshments to celebrate the release of Leonard’s book!
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.
Howlin’ at the Moon with Dyer Switch
Saturday, May 18 at 7pm @ Mabee Farm
It’s May: cool nights, fresh wildflowers, and an evening of howlin’ with Dyer Switch! Great Americana tunes guaranteed. Join us as Dyer Switch takes the stage for hard-driving, captivating bluegrass performed with mesmeric charm. Admission is $6, and refreshments – including Wolf Hollow beer and wine – are available for purchase.
“’Those who make up a house’: the Genesis of the League of the Iroquois” with William A. Starna
Thursday, May 23 – 6pm @ Mabee Farm • Free for members or $5
Presented as part of a series by the New Netherland Institute. Questions surrounding the genesis of the League of the Iroquois has produced a vast literature. In this presentation, William Starna, author and historian, will examine the insights provided by an 18th century missionary who recorded an account of the League’s origins recalled by Sganarády, an elderly Mohawk man. The account associates the League’s foundation with the arrival of the Dutch in 1609. Starna will also address methodologies, cross-cultural exchanges, and tensions between history and memory.