Some programs are free for members. Details are listed below. If you are a member and would like to register for free, please call Mary at 518-374-0263×5.
$8.00 — $25.00
About Our Programs:
Secret Stockade Saturdays
Saturdays: August 3, Sept 7, and Oct 5 at 10:00 am • $20, tour meets at SCHS
The Stockade and its secrets come to life on this behind-the-scenes journey through the neighborhood. Join us for a morning of mysteries as our guides lead us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours.
Kayak Through History
Kayak Through History is SOLD OUT, unless you have your own kayak. If you can bring your own kayak, and would like to purchase tickets, please call Mary at 518-374-0263×5.
Wednesday, July 10 at 6pm (features River Ecology with the Mohawk River Basin Program)
Wednesday, August 7 at 6pm (features Invasive Species Cornell Cooperative Extension)
Saturday, September 28 at 10am
Explore Schenectady from a different vantage point: the Mohawk River! Starting out from the Water’s Edge Lighthouse dock, we’ll paddle our way upstream to the Glen Sanders Mansion and back, passing under railroad bridges and around wild islands. The paddling will be done by you. The learning will come from an SCHS guide, who will discuss the history of the river and its surroundings. The kayaks and paddling expertise will come from Down by the River Kayak Rentals. Tours may also feature a guest expert in invasive species, birds, and river ecology, presented by ECOS. $12.
Drink the Seasons
Thursday, October 3 @ 6pm at the Brouwer House • $25/person
Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll welcome summer with a sampling of of seasonal libations, made with locally grown ingredients. Join us in Schenectady’s oldest home as we drink the seasons! Tickets are $25 and available at schenectadyhistorical.org/programs.
GE Realty Plot Walking Tours
Join Chris Leonard, Schenectady City Historian and author of Schenectady’s General Electric Realty Plot, on a walking tour of the historic GE Realty Plot neighborhood. Leonard will cover the dynamic events and unique cast of characters who have called “The Plot” their home. The tour includes stories and anecdotes about GE inventors and executives, Schenectady business and political leaders, entertainers, and other incomparable individuals, as well as the formation of the Plot and ongoing efforts to protect these stately homes. Some of the many luminaries covered include Charles P. Steinmetz, Irving Langmuir, Izetta Jewel Miller and Ernst Alexanderson. Tours start at 10am sharp and last approximately 2 hours
Price: $20/person, which includes entry into one of the homes, and a 15-minute break with snacks on its large front porch.
Location: The tour meets at Steinmetz Memorial Park on Wendell Avenue next to the Unitarian Church (1221 Wendell Ave.). (Not Steinmetz Park on Rosa Road)
Parking: There is ample parking on Wendell Ave and surrounding streets. Please do not park in the Unitarian Church parking lot.
Tickets: Call 518 225-2924 or use PayPal codes below:
August 10, 10am-12pm: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PFQ7FXCWLD3W2
Taste of Little Italy Tour – SOLD OUT
Wednesday July 10, 2pm @Municipal Lot on Warren Street • $15
Che Bello! Come explore Schenectady’s Little Italy
in the best way possible- through its foods! We’ll be visiting some of the best
restaurants around and see how history brought these unique flavors to our town. The sights, the smells, the tastes… mamma mia!
African American History Tour
July 17 at 6pm @ 32 Washington • $10, free for members (call us)
Schenectady’s black heritage is rich and storied — especially in the Stockade. Join us for a walking tour as we explore the people and places that make Schenectady’s black heritage so vibrant. From the Underground Railroad to the Great Migration and the Civil Rights movement, African Americans have created a proud and tangible legacy in Schenectady County’s history! recounts the unique struggles faced by African Americans in our city.
State and Jay Street Tour
July 18 at 6pm @ 422 Liberty Street • $10, free for members (call us)
Downtown Schenectady is alive with a brand new energy! You may know the awesome restaurants and storefronts that make these streets unique but do you know the history? Talk a walk with us as we see how the dusty “Road to Albany” became the heart of an American city.
Footsteps of Hamilton
Saturday, August 17 at 10am @ 32 Washington Ave • $10, free for members (call us)
Hamilton is in town! No, really! Join us as we celebrate the opening of HAMILTON at Proctors with a walk through Schenectady dedicated to the travels of Alexander Hamilton, and some of his contemporaries. We’ll touch on Hamilton’s friends, lovers, and politics, and explore how the American Revolution manifested in Schenectady.
Friday, August 23 and Thursday, August 29 at 6pm @ 32 Washington Ave • $10, free for members (call us)
Every city has its fair share of scandal!Scandalous Schenectady recalls some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters. Bold bootlegging, cruel kidnappings and maybe even a few mysterious murders…this tour has it all!
Schenectady Suds: Historic Beer Tour of the Stockade
Wednesdays, September 18 and 25 at 6pm @ 32 Washington Ave
• $15, includes a pint at the Van Dyck. 21+ please!
Take a walk along what was once known as “Brewer’s Street,” looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today’s craft brew revival.
The walking tour is approximately one hour long, begins at the SCHS, and concludes with a pint and tour with the brewers at Mad Jack Brewing Company / Van Dyck (pint included in the price!) Join us before the tour for a look at current exhibitions in the Schenectady History Museum.