Collections

The Schenectady County Historical Society cares for a wide variety of artifacts that help tell the story of Schenectady. Within our collection are decorative arts, paintings, furniture, textiles, agricultural and household implements, and more. Because of the breadth of the collection, only a small portion is on display at one time.

Mabee Family Collection

The Mabee Farm Historic Site is fortunate to have a large collection of artifacts that have belonged to the Mabee family ranging from the Colonial period to the mid-20th Century.  These artifacts are used to research and interpret the story of the Mabee Farm Historic Site, and many of them are on display throughout the historic buildings and the George E. Franchere Educational Center.

Mynderse Collection

In 2012, the Schenectady County Historical Society acquired the collection of Helen Mynderse, a prominent Schenectady resident. This remarkable collection of children’s toys, textiles, and home goods is housed in the George E. Franchere Educational Center’s storage facility.

Archaeology Collection

Much of the history of the Mabee Farm is buried beneath its soil. For many years, archaeological work uncovered hints of the broader story. Today, our curators and volunteers are working to clean, catalog, and exhibit the variety of archaeological artifacts that were dug out of the ground. If you are interested in helping, call 518-887-5073 or email our Curator