SCHS in the News!

In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time
“One of the most beautiful parts of New York State was once the spine of the Dutch colony, and remnants of its history are everywhere, hiding in plain sight.”

by Russell Shorto| June 17th New York Times

Library Hours

Please note that the Grems-Doolittle Library is currently operating with limited hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 1pm-5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10am-2pm

What’s Next at SCHS?

Schenectady County’s Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 3- 6-9pm @ Mabee Farm

The Schenectady County Legislature is proud to announce the 2019 Schenectady County Independence Day Celebration at the Historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction. This FREE family music and fireworks celebration will feature The Refrigerators! The celebration begins at 6pm with family friendly activities. The Refrigerators will perform beginning at 7pm. A Fireworks Spectacular will begin at dark (approximately 9:15pm).

Food and Beverage will be available for purchase. Please no glass bottles or containers and outside alcohol is not permitted.

This is a rain or shine event, but as with most outdoor musical concerts the event may be canceled due to extreme weather or heavy rain. Rain updates will be posted on the Schenectady County website and Facebook page and tweeted to all of our followers.

Many walking tours are FREE for SCHS members! To register as a member just email

Secret Stockade Saturdays
Saturdays: 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.

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.

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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