Silversmithing + Jewelry Workshop

Silversmithing & Glass Enameling Jewelry Workshop

Date/Time: Fridays in May — 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th (1 to 4 pm)
Workshop Fee: $75.00, includes materials
Instructor: Matt Balint

Learn the basic skills for creating vibrant powdered glass enamels, and leave with your own colorful design! We’ll learn how to work with a kiln, fusing glass enamel to copper and silver, and then we’ll work with a torch to do silver soldering and bezel making. Students will create their own piece of jewelry, such as earrings, a ring, or a pendant. All tools will be provided. No prior jewelry making experience is required.

Matt Balint is a local Silversmith. He has worked in the field as a professional jewelry maker, and NY state licensed educator, for over 15 years.

Pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot at

$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