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Archives Open House

Join us for a showcase of our new archival storage system as we toast the improvement with champagne!


Myth or Truth with Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson will discuss common myths heard in museums and historic sites. This presentation will help you learn which famous stories are fact and which ones are fiction.

Industrial Policy in Eastern New York with Carlos Balsas

Balsas will discuss urban industrial transformations occurring in NYS, and if recent major projects on former industrial sites in Upstate New York succeeded at creating long-term, well-paying and high-skilled jobs for their host cities and towns.


Colonial Ice Cream Parlor

Winter was the perfect season to make ice cream! In this family-friendly class, we’ll teach you how you can make a frozen custard the old fashioned way. And of course you’ll get a taste!

Free – $10.00

The Underground Railroad Revisited

Trinity Community Center 705 Curry Road, Rotterdam, NY

Join with Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers and co-founders of Underground Railroad Education Center as they share a new interpretation of a very old story and explain the various initiatives in which Underground Railroad Education Center is engaged as it works to connect the public with this empowering local history and its relevance for us today.

John Bradstreet’s Raid with Ian Macpherson McCulloch

In this first comprehensive analysis of Bradstreet’s raid, Ian Macpherson McCulloch uses never-before-seen materials and a new interpretive approach to dispel many of the myths that have grown up around the operation.


A Schenectady Valentine

Over a glass of wine, we’ll delve into our archives of historic love letters to tease out the passion penned on the pages. So inspired, guests will be invited to hand craft a valentine of their own.


Workshop: Spring Wreath

Welcome the first signs of spring with a beautiful, custom deco mesh wreath! Tavia Hoover, proprietor of Tavia's Wreath Boutique, will lead us in creating a wreath perfect for celebrating the arrival of spring's earliest flowers!