All sites are open, and appointments are needed for the Library.

Join us!

Join us as a member, and immerse yourself in history and culture. Membership grants you exclusive benefits while also supporting local history.


Volunteers inspire our visitors, preserve history, and keep our organization running smoothly. Whether you are looking for something behind-the-scenes or out on the front line, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. To become a volunteer at the Schenectady County Historical Society, please fill out our Volunteer Application form.

What Do Volunteers Do?

Special Events
Do you like to be in the center of the action? Throughout the year, we host many events across our sites; exhibit opens, lectures, living history events, and more! Special events volunteers drop in to assist during these events and help with a variety of tasks, including parking, concessions, and way-finding. Mostly at Mabee Farm Historic Site.

Educator and/or Docent
Are you a people person? Do you enjoy helping others? Docents assist the public during our day-to-day operations and during our special events. This can include greeting visitors when they walk through our doors, leading tours, answering phones, and assisting with questions. And, if you like working with kids, contact us about volunteering as a teacher, which includes leading school groups through various activities. Mostly at Mabee Farm Historic Site.

Gardener and/or Handyman
Love to get your hands dirty? Fix things? Make things? At the Mabee Farm Historic Site, we recreate three historic garden beds as well as a field garden, and always need help with building maintenance Our Gardeners and Handymen help plan and maintain the gardens, grounds, and buildings, which often results in an abundance of fresh produce distributed amongst our volunteers. Mostly at Mabee Farm Historic Site.

Museum Artifact Registrar
If you enjoy making sure things have their place, keeping lists, and helping others stay organized, our volunteer Registrar position is for you!  As a registrar, you will assist the staff label, describe, photograph, and preserve our Museum artifacts. Computer skills are required, as much of this work utilizes a database. At both Mabee Farm Historic Site and 32 Washington Ave.

Earth Night – Call for Art

SCHS is seeking environmental art for an Earth Night popup exhibit at Mabee Farm Historic Site’s Dutch Barn, opening on April 22. The exhibition will run from April 22 through May 28, 2022. Artists may submit up to five pieces. Work should be one or more of the following, and should be ready to hang/install

-inspired by environmental issues

-made of recycled or repurposed materials

-made of natural or found materials

-ephemeral (not meant to last)

-outdoor installation art

Interested artists should prepare a proposal which includes:

1. Artist’s statement
2. Images of proposed artwork, in the form of PNG, JPG or PDF.
3. CV or resume

Proposals may be emailed to



We are hiring a Library Digitization Intern for summer 2022. The Schenectady County Historical Society seeks an intern to digitize, transcribe, and create associated metadata for a collection of historic documents which will be uploaded to New York Heritage. This internship is open to current students and recent graduates of library science, history, information studies, or related graduate degree programs. For the full job description and application information, please read the internship announcement.

For information on volunteer internships that focus on history and museum education, please contact Michael Diana at

For information on volunteer internships that focus on managing artifacts and historic collections, please contact Suzy Fout at

Call to Artists

The Schenectady County Historical Society invites local/regional emerging and established artists to submit samples of their work for exhibition in Mabee Farm’s art gallery. All 2D mediums are welcome, as are small 3D pieces. Both members and non-members are encouraged to submit.

Exhibitions will be located in the Van Schaick gallery on the first floor of the Franchere Education Center at Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction, NY. Each exhibition will be on view for 2-4 months. All proposed artwork must be ready to hang and wired. SCHS will distribute and provide selected artists with promotional materials, and will host an opening reception for each exhibition in the series.

Interested artists should prepare a proposal which includes:

1. Artist’s statement
2. Images of proposed artwork, in the form of JPG, PDF, PNG, etc.
3. CV or resume

Proposals may be emailed to

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