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Schenectady County Historical Society Museum

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Address: 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone Number: 518-374-0263
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Description: The Schenectady County Historical Society, through the acquisition...
The Schenectady County Historical Society, through the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of historic artifacts, documents, and structures, will educate residents and visitors about this dynamic past, so that Schenectady’s history will be preserved for the future.The Schenectady History Museum, located at 32 Washington Avenue in Schenectady, helps visitors explore the complex history of Schenectady County. Exhibits trace the area’s history from the earliest European settlers who traded with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), to the industrial and immigration boom of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Visitors explore a diverse range of Schenectady’s history, including the fur trade, the American Revolution, the Erie Canal, General Electric, and the American Locomotive Company, while signature artifacts like the Liberty Flag and the Yates Dollhouse illustrate the deep history of this area. The main rotating gallery in the museum’s Vrooman Room has featured exhibits on a variety of topics, from Schenectady’s professional African American baseball team the Mohawk Colored Giants to the fashion, family, and faith of women in the Victorian era. Situated in the heart of the historic Stockade District of Schenectady, the Schenectady History Museum is the perfect starting point for discovering the history of Schenectady County.Originally housed in one of the rooms of the Schenectady History Museum, The Grems-Doolittle Library was expanded through a 3,000-square-foot addition to the building at 32 Washington Avenue in 1991.
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Wonderful Museum and Tour

We went on their Secret Stockade Tour--a special event provided by the museum. It included a tour of the museum with 2 very knowledgeable guides. Then the owner of a 1820's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We went on their Secret Stockade Tour--a special event provided by the museum. It included a tour of the museum with 2 very knowledgeable guides. Then the owner of a 1820's house across the street gave us a tour of her home. Lunch at Arthur's Market was included--very nice meal there. After lunch a walking tour of the Stockade area... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Very friendly and helpful. Parking at reR or next door so very helpful. Well stocked library. Mike, the archivist, was always on hand when needed. Well done.

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The Society is located in a lovely old historic house which makes a great setting for the exhibits they curate. The lectures are so interesting on various aspects of Schenectady history, so I'm often there. There's a library that draws people from all over the world. Your membership includes free use of their Ancestry.com membership. That alone is more than... More 

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Greenfield MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

A really good exhibit on the immigrant experience in this community, plus their usual holdings from the history and peoples of the town in a lovely building. It is set in the historic Stockade area of the town. Go on a lovely day and stop in here first for a map so you can include a walk around these lovely... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great museum and most things are free there. Great location and neat exhibits. I recomend visiting it and the neighborhood where it is located.

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Niskayuna, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent venue to learn about local history through displays, photographs and lectures. A few fee is asked and then take a step back in time.

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Rotterdam, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

This Society has been around for a long time, they have history going back to the 1600 on Schenectady and the surrounding area. They also have birth/death/marriage records for many area churches. have fun going thru all that great history!

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

As a history buff, I'm always looking for museums. Small museums, or community-oriented musems, are my specialty. Schenectady History Museum, located in the heart of the Stockade area, was not a disappointment. We were on our own to tour the museum. Plenty of information is provided with each exhibit. We missed the weekend when many of the homes -- some... More 

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Brooklyn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Small interesting local museum- make sure you go here before walking around the stockade district as they can give you a map with access to a narrated tour.

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Geneva NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The museum staff recently worked with my organization to coordinate a walking tour of Schenectady prior to our conference. The museum's director (Brian) put together a wonderfully informative afternoon split between this museum and a walk around the historic district. He (and the museum staff) were professional and very knowledgeable. Our group gave the event high marks across the board.... More 

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