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Lockkeepers–our circle of monthly donors–safeguard SCHS through the ebbs and flows of economic change and enable the stewardship of Schenectady’s past, present, and future. When you become a Lockkeeper, you know that each month, your gift directly supports the educational and preservation efforts of SCHS. Join the Lockkeepers in making a consistent, meaningful impact through monthly donations. Contact Mary at to get set up!

The 1661 Society, named for the year Schenectady was settled, recognizes those generous individuals who are leaving a future legacy to SCHS. A planned gift offers many advantages, including the fulfillment of philanthropic goals and a reduction or elimination of estate tax liability.

We acknowledge a bequest intention or planned gifts of any size with membership in the 1661 Society. If you’ve already included SCHS in your giving plans, thank you! We would be delighted to include you in The 1661 Society. Kindly let us know your plans by contacting Caroline at

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