Hands-on activities make learning fun at SCHS! We’re proud to offer a selection of interactive programs for families with children of all ages, from monthly family programs to American Girl doll teas to school break programs. Check out everything we have to offer!


Join us for our monthly family programs as we explore a different aspect of local history and culture. Tickets can be purchased below. For more info, please contact Educator Jenna Peterson Riley at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org or (518) 887-5073.

Schenectady and the Great Migration
Wednesday, 3/15 @ 32 Washington (1:30-3:00) & Saturday, 3/18 @ 32 Washington (10:30-12:00)
In the first half of the 20th Century, 1.6 million African-Americans moved from the South up to cities like Schenectady in search of a better life. Take a guided walking tour through Schenectady’s historic Stockade District before exploring primary source documents from the Schenectady County Historical Society’s collection to gain a better understanding of what life was like for a new resident of Schenectady.

WWI & Schenectady
Wednesday, 4/19 @ 32 Washington (1:30-3:00) & Saturday, 4/22 @ 32 Washington (10:30-12:00)
The First World War had a profound impact on Schenectady County citizens and the nation as a whole. Come learn about the lives of several of the men, women, and children who lived through the Great War, and imagine what your life might have been like living in Schenectady during the build-up to the war.

Sow Some Seeds
Wednesday, 5/17 @ Mabee Farm (1:30-3:00) & Saturday, 5/20 @ Mabee Farm (10:30-12:00)
As spring finally arrives, join us at the Mabee Farm Historic Site to help plant the gardens and fields. From apples to zucchini, the families that called the site home ate crops that they planted and harvested. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty!

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School is out, but the Museum and Mabee Farm are open for School Break Programs! Join us for hands-on kids’ workshops, and head back to school with new skills! To register, please contact Educator Jenna Peterson Riley at (518) 887-5073 or educator@schenectadyhistorical.org. 

This Winter Break’s Programs:

Mad for Maps
Tuesday, February 21, 1:30pm – 3:00pm @ SCHS
Do you love a good map? Can’t resist plotting out a chart? Then this spring break workshop is for you! Join us at the Schenectady County Historical Society as we explore some of the maps in our collection, and try to make your own!

Baking up a Storm
Wednesday, February 22, 1:30pm – 3:00pm @ Mabee Farm
Join us this winter break to learn about how we baked our bread, from Colonial to convection. Be prepared to get your hands floury and have fun while learning about history!

People & Portraits
Thursday, February 23, 1:30pm – 3:00pm @ SCHS
In today’s world of selfies and snaps, the idea of posing for a portrait might seem strange. Join us to peek behind the scenes at portraits in the collection of the Schenectady County Historical Society, then try your hand at making your own self-portrait!

The Schenectady County Historical Society Winter Break programs are open to all students grades 2nd and up. Parents and chaperones are asked to stay with their student through the duration of the program.

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American Girl Doll TeasJoin us as we learn about history through the eyes of a character from the American Girl series! At our American Girl Teas we discuss culture from the past, make crafts, and enjoy tea and goodies. For more information on upcoming American Girl Doll Teas, please contact Jenna Peterson Riley at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org.


An American Girl Tea with Rebecca Rubin

February 24th & 25th 2:00pm @SCHS

***FRIDAY, 2/24 TEA IS SOLD OUT!!!***

Join us for an American Girl Tea with Rebecca Rubin! We’ll step back in time to explore immigration and culture in 1914 New York City while enjoying tea and goodies and making a craft. All dolls are welcome!

Cost: $8.00 each for adults and children

Advance registration required. Sign up below!

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