Schenectady's home for history

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


We are not currently hiring.


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.


We offer internships for course credit that focus on historical research, museum education, museum operations, and managing artifacts and historic collections. For information, please contact Mary Zawacki 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 Mary at

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