Electric City Immigrants: Italians and Poles of Schenectady, 1880-1930


Presenter: Dr. Robert Pascucci
Saturday, March 28
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: SCHS, 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady, NY 12305
Admission: $5.00; Free for SCHS members

Dr. Pascucci’s presentation will focus on the two largest immigrant groups, Italian and Polish, that settled in Schenectady during its period of rapid economic growth that was fueled largely by General Electric and the American Locomotive Company. How these two immigrant groups adjusted to the city will be examined, as well as the impact that the new arrivals had on Schenectady. Dr. Pascucci wrote his doctoral dissertation on Electric City Immigrants: Italians and Poles of Schenectady, N.Y., 1880-1930.

Dr. Robert Pascucci grew up in Troy, New York, and taught social studies at the high school level in the Capital District for many years, until taking the position of district supervisor of social studies in a suburban Philadelphia school district. Now retired, he lives in Pennsylvania. Dr. Pascucci did his undergraduate work at Siena College and his graduate work at Fordham University and at the University at Albany, where he received a Ph.D. in History.

This program is part of the Exploring Schenectady County’s Immigrant Past project, supported by grants from the New York Council for the Humanities and the Schenectady County Initiative Program.

For more information, please contact Mary Treanor at 518-374-0263 or by email at office@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.

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