There’s always something on at the Schenectady County Historical Society! Check back regularly for updates and newly scheduled programs!
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September 26, 2017
Ribbon-Cutting at the Brouwer House
September 26, 2017
It is with great excitement that the Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) announces opening plans for the 1731 Brouwer House, its newly acquired Stockade property. The Brouwer House was generously donated to the SCHS by the Kindl family, who previously resided in the historic home.
On Tuesday, September 26 at 4:00 PM, SCHS, together with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the Brouwer House. Light refreshments and beverages will be served, and tours of the home and garden will be offered. The community is invited to join in celebrating this exciting acquisition and in ushering in a new chapter in Schenectady preservation, tourism, and education.
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October 4, 2017
October 4, 2017
SECRET STOCKADE: A Historic Tour & Lunch
Discover the Stockade and its secrets on the first Wednesday of each month! Join us for a guided walking tour of the neighborhood, lunch at historic Arthur’s Market, a peek inside a private 1820s Stockade home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum.
Schenectady's Stockade is a national jewel, boasting the highest concentration of historic period homes in the nation. For over 300 years, Schenectadians have called the Stockade home, and the streets are alive today with the stories and legends of Schenectady's past. Join us this season on SECRET STOCKADE and explore the beauty, history, and mystery of America's oldest residential neighborhood!
Tours are scheduled for:
April 5 at 11:00 AM
Cost: Tickets are $20, and include guided tours of both the Schenectady History Museum and the Stockade, as well as lunch at Arthur's Market.
Pre-registration is required. To purchase tickets, please visit schenectadyhistorical.org/walking-tours or contact Mary Zawacki at 518-374-0263 x4 or email@example.com.
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October 7, 2017
Understanding Your Ancestry DNA Test with Lisa Dougherty
October 7, 2017
When: Saturday, October 7th 2017 at 10 am
So you’ve had a DNA test done through Ancestry.com, now what? Join professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for an informative session that will guide you through the fundamentals of DNA tests. Topics covered will include DNA basics, interpreting ethnicity estimates, dealing with all those cousin matches, and incorporating the results into your genealogy research. Learn how to make the most of your test by utilizing it as another tool to discover your family history!
Lisa Dougherty has been active in tracing the history of not only her own family, but many others for over 20 years. A native of the Glens Falls area, she became interested in genealogy as a teenager when her father began investigating the origins of his Irish great grandparents. A former volunteer at the National Archives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she now devotes her time to lecturing around the area on family history, and assisting family researchers monthly at four area libraries, including the Irish-American Heritage Museum in Albany, where she is the genealogist-in-residence. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as several other area genealogical groups. A long-time subscriber to Ancestry.com, she specializes in online research and the effective use of websites to investigate family history. She resides in Guilderland, New York with her husband and teenage son. For more information, visit her website at www.upstatenygenealogy.com.
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October 11, 2017
A Night at the Library
October 11, 2017 –
Ever wanted to do some research at the Schenectady County Historical Society, but just couldn’t find a convenient time to visit us? Then this may be the program for you! We’re opening up our library after hours on Wednesday, October 11. Our librarian and archivist will be presenting on how to Find Your Schenectady County Ancestor starting at 6 then there will be some after hours research in the Grems-Doolittle Library.
Space is limited for library research, but there will be no limit for the presentation. We will also have free library admission passes on hand if space runs out for library research. This program may go past our librarian’s bedtime (he’s an early to bed, early to rise guy) but we will have coffee and doughnuts to keep him, and all of you, awake.
To register for library research or for more information give our librarian Mike Maloney a call at 518-374-0263 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.
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October 24, 2017
Bus Trip to The National Archives at New York City
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With historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico the National Archives at New York City (NARA) is a great place to visit for genealogy research. With this bus trip, you will receive a tour of the National Archives at NYC as well as an orientation workshop to help get you started. If you plan on researching at NARA after the tour, it’s recommended that you read over their “Getting Started” web page at https://www.archives.gov/nyc/public/getting-started.html. The National Archives at NYC are located in lower Manhattan and offer easy access to many other sites and museums in the area.
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