All sites are open, and appointments are required for the Library

Your membership grants you exclusive benefits while also supporting local history. If you have any questions about the new 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.

Is 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, general admission to SCHS Library, Museum, and Mabee Farm, free admission to lectures, exhibition openings, and some walking tours, 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
  • One hour of custom private research time with Librarian/Archivist
  • 4 guest passes for friends or family

Business Sponsor ($150)

  • All sponsor level benefits
  • 4 guest passes for friends or family
  • Logo in newsletter and on website, tagged on social media, linked in email blasts, signage at all SCHS sites

Benefactor ($350)

  • All sponsor level benefits
  • Invitation to annual donor reception
  • 6 guest passes for friends or family
  • 10% off on workshops, bus trips, and some special programs
  • 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

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

Consider supporting SCHS with a monthly donation! 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!

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