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.
The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County.
The Schenectady County Historical Society strengthens our community as an increasingly vital destination and resource for exploring history.
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.
Board of Trustees:
Dr. Mark Vermilyea, President
Mechanical Engineer and Program Leader at GE Research
Hannah Miller, Vice President
John Halstead, Treasurer
Managing Partner of Zalucki and Halstead CPA
Robert Sullivan, Secretary
SCPL Reference Librarian
Schenectady County District Attorney
Schenectady County Conflict Defender
Communications Director for the New York State Education Department (retired)
Director of Budget for NYS Assembly Ways and Means Committee
Development Assistant at Albany Institute of History and Art
City of Schenectady Historian
Educator & Director at Albany City Charter Schools
Professor Sheri Lullo
Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Union College
Accountant at Office of the NYS Comptroller
Educator at Mohonasen Central School District (retired)
Schenectady County Clerk (retired)
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
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.