About Us

About Us

The Schenectady County Historical Society brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House.

The Schenectady County Historical Society is more active than ever in presenting vibrant programming. Please visit our events calendar to find information about upcoming events.


Mission

The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County.

Vision

The Schenectady County Historical Society strengthens our community as an increasingly vital destination and resource for exploring history.

You may view an abridged version of our 2019 Strategic Plan here as well as our Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, and the 2019-2020 Annual Report.

Financial Support

The Schenectady County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization. We are wholly supported by the dues of our members, interest and dividends earned on bequests willed to us, fees for admission and service, and sales in our two gift shops. Please consider supporting our mission in preserving and promoting Schenectady County’s history by making a gift, becoming a member ,or sponsoring us through your business.

Collections

The Schenectady County Historical Society has vast collections of objects and archival materials that tell the story of Schenectady. We recently updated our Collections Development Plan, and our collecting goals for the 2020s. Should you be interested in donating artifacts or archival materials to the SCHS, please read our Artifact Donation Guidelines, and then fill out our Donation Questionnaire.

The Library is home to over 6,000 books and periodicals, 30,000 photographic prints, 750 maps, 65 linear feet of newspaper clippings and surname files, and approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival records, legal documents, maps, and photographs pertaining to Schenectady County’s history.

The Museum collects objects of artistic, cultural, and historical significance to Schenectady County and the surrounding region. Throughout a century of collecting, SCHS has amassed a large and diverse collection containing over 12,500 objects across a broad range of categories: art and decorative art, toys, clothing and textiles, farm equipment and tools, archaeological artifacts, as well as objects related to Schenectady industry and trade, local clubs, and civic organizations. 


Employment

SCHS is not currently hiring.


People

Board of Trustees
President: Robert Weible; Vice President: Richard Lewis; Secretary: Robert Sullivan; Treasurer: John Halstead; Immediate Past President: Marianne Blanchard… Trustees through April 2021: Robert Carney, Ellen Fladger, John Halstead, Sarah Kirby, Christopher Leonard, Richard Lewis, Kevin Richard-Morrow, Martin Strosberg… Trustees through April 2022: Philip Fields, John Gearing, Mark Vermilyea, Robert Weible… Trustees through April 2023: Marianne Blanchard, Thomas Dunn, DJ LeBlanc, Robert Sullivan, David Trestick, Dale Wade-Keszey, John Woodward…
Staff Contacts

Mary Zawacki, Executive Director
director@schenectadyhistorical.org

Mary Treanor, Administrative Officer
office@schenectadyhistorical.org
518-374-0263, option 5

Marietta Carr, Librarian/Archivist
librarian@schenectadyhistorical.org
518-374-0263, option 3

Susanna Fout, Exhibitions and Collections Manager
exhibits@schenectadyhistorical.org

Michael Diana, Education and Programs Manager
educator@schenectadyhistorical.org

John Ackner, Facilities Manager
maintenance@schenectadyhistorical.org