Wicked Mohawk Valley

Wicked Mohawk Valley with Dennis Webster
Saturday, March 4 @ 2PM // Mabee Farm Historic Site // $5, free for SCHS members

Would a decorated lawman risk his career for garden fresh vegetables? What crime family terrorized chickens in two counties? What dastardly murder happened on Potato Hill Road? And why would anyone dare guzzle the “creeping death”? Be prepared to have these questions answered, and discover a dossier of some of the most notorious and unbelievable criminal cases in the history of the Mohawk Valley. From bootlegging to brothels to racketeering, local author Dennis Webster has collected the most thrilling stories of deception and mayhem within the Mohawk Valley.

Dennis Webster was born, lives, works and plays in the Mohawk Valley of Central New York. He’s the author of Haunted Mohawk Valley; compiler, editor and story contributor to the Tommy Award Honorable Mention anthologyAdirondack Mysteries, along with Adirondack Mysteries 2; and is the author of the fiction novel Daisy Daring and the Quest for the Loomis Gang Gold.

For more information, please visit schenectadyhistorical.org or call 518-887-5073.

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 Film Series

The Schenectady County Historical Society and the Schenectady County Public Library are presenting a free film series focused on World War I. This series is a part of the Schenectady County Historical Society’s exhibit “Together Until the End: Schenectady in World War I.”

The films will be shown at 5:30 pm at the Central Library of the Schenectady County Public Library. The Schedule can be found below.

Monday, February 6, 2017 — Shoulder Arms (1918)
Monday, February 13, 2017— All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Monday, February 27, 2017— Paths of Glory (1957)
Monday, March 6, 2017 — A Very Long Engagement (2004)

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. Dates/Times TBD. Please check back!

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
librarian@schenectadyhistorical.org or 518-374-0263 ext. 3 or SCHS Curator Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org.