The Inscription in the Window

The Inscription in the Window
with Sylvie Briber
April 22 at 2 pm @ SCHS

Who was Stockade resident Grace Watkins? And what happened to her on April 22, 1883? For over 20 years Sylvie Briber has made the SCHS her second home as she searched for answers. Why? Because etched into the window of Sylvie’s Washington Avenue home are the tiny letters: “Grace T. Watkins April 22nd 1883.”

Join us for a book release party as Sylvie discusses her adventures in researching her home’s story and the characters she’s met along the way. Sylvie will read passages from her book, and answer questions about the Governor Yates family artifacts found in her home that now reside at SCHS. A few artifacts will be on display, and we’re celebrating it all with cheesecake and chocolate!

$5; free for SCHS members

Together Until the End: Schenectady in World War I

Together Until the End: Schenectady in World War I

Devastating, morbid, and totally unprecedented, World War I changed our world entirely and redefined modernity. Now, 100 years later, we’re exploring the Great War’s effect on Schenectady and the people who lived here. The soldiers who fought, the nurses who cared, and everyone at home whose world was reshaped, completely.

Join us throughout 2017 for programs, films, and an exhibition exploring Schenectady in the first world war!


WWI Book Discussion Series

Thanks to a grant from Humanities NY, we’ll be presenting a series of book discussions throughout 2017, led by Professor Richard Fogarty, UAlbany associate professor and expert in 20th century war and society.  Contact our librarian, Mike Maloney at for more information.

WWI Lecture Series

Several experts will be joining us throughout 2017 to discuss WWI and what it meant for the region:

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Blacks Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy, 1750 to 1950
with Anthony F. Gero, author

Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
New York State in World War I
with Aaron Noble, Curator/Historian, the New York State Museum

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
World War I and Schenectady’s Jewish Community
with Harvey Strum, professor of history and political science at the Sage Colleges

(Early) 20th Century Trivia Night

The first World War, the beginnings of jazz, and GE in Schenectady! Join us for a night of questions on early 20th century America! Date/Time TBD.

For more information contact SCHS Librarian, Michael Maloney at or 518-374-0263 ext. 3 or SCHS Curator Mary Zawacki at