Discover the crafts and culture of Upstate New York through hands-on workshops. Master a historic trade, make new friends, and take home your own handmade craft. Unless noted, workshops take place at Mabee Farm Historic Site. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please email

Genealogy 103-104: Immigration, Naturalization, Land & Probate Records

Dates: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, September 10 through October 15
Location: Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
Cost: Basic Course: $240
Optional Research Field Trip: $40 (orientation & research support provided)

Think you know the basics? Then try Genealogy 103-104: Immigration, Naturalization, Land & Probate Records with Certified Genealogist®, Judith Herbert. Judith Herbert,  specializes in client research, teaching, lecturing and DIY consulting. Her geographical areas of expertise (for the purposes of client work), are NY, CT and MA. She serves on the editorial board of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s (New York G&B) quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, The Record. She is a client consultant at the NYG&B’s annual, 3-day “Research in Albany” event, a ProGen 38 mentor, and she regularly reviews genealogical books for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

Using a deep-dive approach (4 hrs./topic), attendees will learn about:

✓ Working with passenger lists, emigration & immigration records
✓ The naturalization process over time – how it applied to your ancestors
✓ Land record terminology and why it matters
✓ How your ancestors acquired land
✓ Tenant records
✓ Accessing and interpreting deeds
✓ Working with land maps
✓ The probate process and associated records
✓ Progeniture laws, widow’s thirds and how they relate to genealogical research
✓ How to properly analyze your findings and determine what to look at next

The class will combine lecture, group and individual activities and short weekly assignments that are reviewed by the instructor with individual feedback provided. Sign up for the class with the link below.

Drinking the Seasons: Autumn Cocktails
Thursday, October 11 – 6pm at 14 N Church St

Drinking the Seasons: Winter Cocktails
Thursday, December 13 – 6pm at 32 Washington Ave

Get cozy this autumn and winter as we conclude our series of seasonal mixology workshops. Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll make — and sample — a variety of seasonal historic libations, made with some locally grown ingredients. The Autumn Cocktails workshop will take place in the historic Brouwer House, featuring spirits of both kinds. Winter Cocktails will be held at SCHS, amidst the lighted splendor of the Festival of Trees. $25/workshop or $40 for both; pre-registration required



Hooked on Blacksmithing
Sunday, October 21 – 9am to 5pm at Mabee Farm

Join our resident blacksmith John Ackner we we learn to make hooks and adjustable fireplace trammels. $150 includes materials.






An Introduction to the Tarot
Monday, October 29 – 6:30pm to 9 pm at the Brouwer House (14 N Church St, Schenectady NY 12305)
Embrace the esoteric this Halloween and join us inside one of Schenectady’s oldest homes as instructor Jeannie Thomma returns to delve into the Secrets of Tarot.
What do you see when you look at the cards? The Tarot is full of imagery, symbolism, and secrets that can help you to find answers to your most pressing questions. When the Tarot’s secrets are revealed to us, we gain access to perspective.
Jeannie Thomma has been reading cards and teaching the ways of the tarot for more than a decade. Whether through her meditation classes, intuitive tarot readings, or art workshops, Jeannie gently re-connects students to their own deep wisdom and joy. She is currently at work on a book about using the Tarot as a tool for growth and self-reflection.
Traditional Corn Washing Basket
Saturday, November 3 – 9:00am to 5 pm at Mabee Farm

Indian Corn had to be boiled and rinsed three times before it could be cooked. This basket was used in the same way we would use a colander. Aside from washing corn, this Basket is great for storing yarn or magazines. Students will use a continuous twill weave to build this 8” tall, square to round basket. The only challenge if any in weaving this basket is the shaping. This reed basket will be hand shaped. Registration is $85 + material fee of $25 (paid in cash to instructor).


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