Schenectady's home for history

Become a Member!

Your membership grants you exclusive benefits while also supporting local history. If you have any questions about the membership benefits, or would like to chat more with us about your membership, please call us at 518-374-0263 x5.

You can join below, or by printing and mailing our membership form.

Name and email of second member, if Family+?
If this a gift membership?

Membership Levels + Benefits

Individual ($35)

  • Free general admission to all SCHS sites AND 30+ participating museums in the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program*
  • Newsletter
  • 10% discount in gift shops
  • Free or discounted admission to lectures, exhibition openings, walking tours, and some events
  • Invitations to private members-only events

Family ($65)

  • All individual level benefits
  • Free admission for two kids at most family programs
  • 2 SCHS guest passes for friends or family

Sponsor ($100)

  • All family level benefits
  • Access to the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association, granting free admission to over 1,300 museum and historic sites across North America
  • One hour of custom private research time with Librarian/Archivist
  • 4 guest passes for friends or family

Benefactor ($350)

  • All sponsor level benefits
  • Invitation to annual donor reception
  • 6 guest passes for friends or family
  • Free private, guided walking tour for up to 8 people

Patron ($1,000)

  • All benefactor level benefits
  • 10 guest passes for friends or family
  • Free private, guided walking tour and museum tour with champagne for up to 20 people
  • 15% discount on site rentals

Business and Corporate Sponsorships

Are you a business owner interested in supporting the Schenectady County Historical Society through your organization? Check out our Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, and contact Mary Zawacki at to learn more.

Donate Monthly and become a Lockkeeper!

Just as they did during the days of the Erie Canal, Lockkeepers 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. 

Payment Options

Subscribe above or contact Audrey at to become a Lockkeeper today!

*Participating museums in the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program include:

Adirondack History Museum | Elizabethtown, NY

Albany Institute of History & Art | Albany, NY

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum | Alfred, NY

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie | Canajoharie, NY

Arnot Art Museum | Elmira, NY

Buffalo AKG Art Museum (formerly Albright-Knox Art Gallery) | Buffalo, NY

Burchfield Penney Art Center | Buffalo, NY

Chenango County Historical Society | Norwich, NY

Columbia County Historical Society | Kinderhook, NY

Cortland County Historical Society | Cortland, NY

Empire State Aerosciences Museum | Glenville, NY

Everson Museum of Art | Syracuse, NY

FASNY Museum of Firefighting | Hudson, NY

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff | Derby, NY

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House | Buffalo, NY

Frederic Remington Art Museum | Ogdensburg, NY

Genesee Country Village and Museum (GCV&M) | Mumford, NY

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art | Ithaca, NY

The Hyde Collection | Glens Falls, NY

Irish American Heritage Museum | Albany, NY

Iroquois Museum | Howes Cave, NY

miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science) | Schenectady, NY

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute | Utica, NY

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) *

New-York Historical Society | New York, NY

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center | Niagara Falls, NY

Phelps Mansion Museum | Binghamton, NY

Roberson Museum and Science Center | Binghamton, NY

Saratoga Automobile Museum | Saratoga Springs, NY

Schenectady County Historical Society | Schenectady, NY

Shaker Museum | New Lebanon, NY

Staten Island Museum | Staten Island, NY 

Time and The Valleys Museum | Grahamsville, NY

World Awareness Children’s Museum | Glens Falls, NY

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