Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
When visitors walk into the front of Grooms Tavern, they see it is set up as a general store the way the interior would have looked in the second half of the 19th century. The place is very much a throwback to that earlier time.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
The corner at South Church and State streets in downtown Schenectady has seen a lot of change in the past two decades, and Steve Sargent has been around for all of it.
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Overgrown walking paths used by Vale Cemetery’s visitors during the 1800s will be restored thanks to a $8,100 grant awarded to the cemetery Tuesday by the Preservation League of New York State.
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Thanksgiving boosters, teen musicians, a freckled girl and holdovers from Halloween made news in November of 1963 and 1966.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
Irwin Splittberger can’t get around the Glenville Hills like he used to, but he still has his memories.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Three weeks after “12 Years a Slave” landed in Capital Region theaters, the movie about Solomon Northup is winning high praise from local scholars, historians and others deeply connected with his story.
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
They stood silently at bus stops; they cried openly in the streets. They said prayers inside local houses of worship and listened as church bells rang late into the afternoon. America's president, John F. Kennedy, had just been assassinated. Three days later, government agencies and many businesses were closed and houses of worship held memorial services on the day JFK was buried.
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Before the middle of the 19th century, professor Melinda Lawson will argue, most Americans didn’t appreciate their national history.
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Photos of Alexander "Red" DeMarco’s 41st birthday party from 1953 appeared in the Oct. 28 edition of Capital Region Scrapbook, but their were no IDs. We asked for help in picking people out in the birthday pictures and three other photographs. More than a dozen people telephoned or emailed names of their relatives and friends.
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
Joseph S. Hoffman, Roger P. Kambour and W. Edward Antkowiak were all smiles on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1963. It was Election Night, and the three Democrats had just won seats on the Schenectady County Board of Supervisors. Their victories helped give Democrats majority control of the board. Democrats also took over City Hall 50 years ago.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
For Civil War enthusiasts, it doesn’t get any better than James McPherson and Harold Holzer. Listening to them talk history is akin to lovers of 19th century literature eavesdropping on Dickens and Tolstoy.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
For women trying to break new ground in the 19th century, change didn’t come easily. The life of Civil War surgeon Mary Walker is a perfect example.
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
New owners Mark Young and Lori Selden will open up Mexican Radio, a restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine, in the old Imperial building at State and Broadway in Schenectady, a building that has stood for a century and a half.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
A quick glance at the long and varied life of Mordecai Myers convinced Neil Yetwin this was somebody worth spending a lot of time with. “Someone mentioned to me that Schenectady once had a Jewish mayor back in the 19th century, and I thought that was mildly interesting,” said Yetwin, a history teacher at Schenectady High School.
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
People in the Capital Region might remember the Fabian Plaza Theater at 617 State St. Or the Union-Fern furniture store at 260 State — both left Schenectady’s downtown scene decades ago.