“Saint Nicholas: The Saint Who Became Santa” with Peter G. Rose

Saint Nicholas

Food historian Peter G. Rose delves into the early history of the life of the Saint; explains the various changes in his veneration; and relates how he was brought to America by the Dutch in the seventeenth century and, again, transformed to Santa in the 19th century. The talk encompasses such subjects as literature, religion, the fine arts, and Dutch food ways to describe the extraordinary story of his generosity that had a lasting impact on us all. This talk is part of the Local Eats exhibit series, running from September 2015 – April 2016.

Admission is $5.00, free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society. For more information, please contact Educator/Assistant Curator Jenna Peterson Riley at 518-887-5073, or by email at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Mabee Farm Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking in front of the George E. Franchere Educational Center.

Festival of Trees


image1The Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA present the 9th Annual Festival of Trees featuring a festive collection of glittering lit trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, and families. Trees will be on display at the Society’s downtown location at 32 Washington Ave and the YWCA at 44 Washington Ave. This year’s Festival includes tree raffles and a voting contest for the best decorated trees.


image2Adults $5, children $2, children under 5 free. Purchase of one ticket is good for both locations. The Festival of Trees runs through December 13; Monday – Friday: 12-5 and Saturday – Sunday: 10-4.

Come join us in this festive community event! For more information about the festival please contact Kaitlin at exhibits@schenectady-historical.org or 518-374-0263 x 4.