About Us

About Us

The Schenectady County Historical Society brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site, the Grems-Doolittle Library, the Schenectady History Museum, and the historic Brouwer House.

The Schenectady County Historical Society is more active than ever in presenting vibrant programming. Please visit our events calendar to find information about upcoming events.


Mission

The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County.

Vision

The Schenectady County Historical Society strengthens our community as an increasingly vital destination and resource for exploring history.

You may view an abridged version of our 2019 Strategic Plan here as well as our Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, and the 2020-2021 Annual Report.


Financial Support

The Schenectady County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization. We are wholly supported by the dues of our members, interest and dividends earned on bequests willed to us, fees for admission and service, and sales in our two gift shops. Please consider supporting our mission in preserving and promoting Schenectady County’s history by making a gift below, becoming a member ,or sponsoring us through your business.


People

Board of Trustees:

Robert Weible, President
NYS Historian and Chief Curator of the NYS Museum (retired)
Mark Vermilyea, Vice-President
Mechanical Engineer and Program Leader at GE Research
John Halstead, Treasurer
Managing Partner of Zalucki and Halstead CPA
Robert Sullivan, Secretary
SCPL Reference Librarian
Marianne Blanchard, Immediate Past President
Banker (retired)

Tom Dunn
Communications Director for the New York State Education Department (retired)
Philip Fields
Director of Budget for NYS Assembly Ways and Means Committee
John Gearing
Historian and Author of “Schenectady Genesis Vol II”
Sarah Kirby
Development Assistant at Albany Institute of History and Art
Christopher Leonard
City of Schenectady Historian
David LeBlanc
Educator & Director at Albany City Charter Schools
Sheri Lullo
Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Union College
Hannah Miller
Historic Preservationist
Kevin Richard-Morrow
Independent Historian
David Trestick
Accountant at Office of the NYS Comptroller
Dale Wade-Keszey
Educator at Mohonasen Central School District (retired)
John Woodward
Schenectady County Clerk (retired)

Staff
John Ackner, Facilities Manager, 518-374-0263 x5
Marietta Carr, Librarian/Archivist, 518-374-0263 x3
Michael Diana, Education & Programs Manager, 518-212-7325
Susanna Fout, Exhibitions & Collections Manager, 518-374-0263 x4
Mary Treanor, Administrative Officer, 518-374-0263 x5
Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, 518-595-9996


Collections

The Schenectady County Historical Society has vast collections of objects and archival materials that tell the story of Schenectady. We recently updated our Collections Development Plan, and our collecting goals for the 2020s. Should you be interested in donating artifacts or archival materials to the SCHS, please read our Artifact Donation Guidelines, and then fill out our Donation Questionnaire.

The Library is home to over 6,000 books and periodicals, 30,000 photographic prints, 750 maps, 65 linear feet of newspaper clippings and surname files, and approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival records, legal documents, maps, and photographs pertaining to Schenectady County’s history.

The Museum collects objects of artistic, cultural, and historical significance to Schenectady County and the surrounding region. Throughout a century of collecting, SCHS has amassed a large and diverse collection containing over 12,500 objects across a broad range of categories: art and decorative art, toys, clothing and textiles, farm equipment and tools, archaeological artifacts, as well as objects related to Schenectady industry and trade, local clubs and civic organizations, and general daily life. 


Second Nature Counseling
Wolf Hollow Brewing Co
Villa Italia
Humanities New York
Erie Canalway National Heritage Cooridor
NYSCA
Archives Partnership Trust
LogicalNet
Discover Schenectady
Harbrook
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy