People — of all ages — are at the heart of what we do at SCHS! We love sharing Schenectady’s culture and history with those that live here, and those just passing through. Want to get involved? There’s so much to see and do!
For the most up-to-date information on speaker programs, events, workshops, and more, please visit our Calendar.
Each year we offer a variety of walking tours! Join us on one and discover the beauty and history of America’s oldest residential neighborhood! We also offer an annual scavenger hunt! Tour details and registration are available on our Walking Tours page.
Special Events & Festivals
We’re pleased to present a vibrant slate of festivals, concerts, and special events each year!
Howlin’ at the Moon brings together the best in regional folk and bluegrass for a night of toe-tapping tunes! Join us each month on the full moon for great music in a rustic setting. More on our Howlin’ page!
War breaks out at Mabee Farm every June, as historical interpreters come together to tell the story of our country’s wars. Civilian and military encampments fill the air with the scent of campfires, and the sound of canon fire echos across the site. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at Mabee Farm each July for CanalFest, a day of FREE fun, family activities as we celebrate the Erie Canalway with live music, games, animals, and canal-themed crafts! More info available on our CanalFest page!
Each August we bring together the best of the region’s handcrafted goods at our Arts & Crafts Festival! Over 50 artists and crafters fill Mabee Farm with eclectic, unique, and beautifully handcrafted items including jewelry, soap, pottery, and more! For applications info, please visit our A&C Festival page!
Our annual Genealogy Day is a great way for family history researchers to discover where and how to find information, to share stories with other researchers, and to access the resources in our Grems-Doolittle Library. More info is on our Genealogy Day page!
Presented with Schenectady County, Fall Foliage Festival celebrates all things fall! Join us at Mabee Farm each October for hayrides, pony rides, live birds of prey, petting zoo, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin painting, live music, and more!For more information, please visit our FallFest page!
Get into the holiday spirit with our annual Festival of Trees! Presented with the YWCA, each December we light our museum galleries with dozens of glittering Christmas trees, decorated by friends, local businesses, and the community! For more information, please visit our Festival of Trees page!
Discover the crafts and culture of Upstate New York through hands-on workshops. Recent workshops have included blacksmithing, basket weaving, stained glass mosaics, and herbology. For details on upcoming workshops please visit our Workshops page!
The cold doesn’t keep us down! Every year, SCHS beats the winter blues with a bus trip to a major museum in Boston, New York City, or beyond. Join us as we hop aboard our luxury coach and head out of town for a day of discovery!
Please check our Bus Trips page for information on upcoming bus trips!