Schenectady 350th
1661-2011


Schenectady School District Hall of Fame to induct 2 grads
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

An environmentalist is among two graduates to be inducted into the Schenectady School District's Hall of Fame.

SCCC expanding in Center City
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

SCCC board approves entering into new lease with Galesi Group to expand its space at Center City.

SCCC board OKs new faculty contract
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The SCCC Board of Trustees approves a new three-year contract with its faculty.

Have we got a Schenectady scavenger hunt for you
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

As part of our celebration of the Van Curler deed signing, we've come up with a scavenger hunt designed to encourage readers to explore the city.

Photo of What’s in a name? How about cultural significance
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dr. Otto Octavius has never had time to visit his old hometown.
The criminal mastermind works for Marvel Comics. As Dr. Octopus, he has spent a career fighting the pesky Spider-Man. Schemes and plots for revenge have prevented “Doc Ock” from packing six suitcases and taking a vacation in Schenectady.

Photo of Schenectady has always been at cutting edge in business, education
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sure, Schenectady might be showing a little bit of its age, but at 350 years old, who wouldn’t be.
The city is a place where the old and new meet in interesting ways. Erie Boulevard, today a primary roadway jammed with cars and trucks, was once the Erie Canal, the famous east-west waterway that spurred our nation’s expansion to the west.

Photo of From early times to now, Schenectady welcomes immigrants
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Schenectady’s Dutch settlers weren’t interested in establishing an exclusive community.

Photo of A document for the ages: Original 1661 deed details purchase of land from three Mohawk chiefs
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It was great farmland, at first coveted by the Mohicans before they lost control of the place to the Mohawks.
The July 27, 1661, deed, 350 years old and now a part of the collection of the Albany County Hall of Records, indicates that Van Curler convinced three Mohawk sachems — Cantuquo, Sonareetsie and Aidane — to sign their mark on the document giving possession of the land to Van Curler. In return, Van Curler presented the Indians with “six hundred hands of good Wheyte Wampum, six Koates of Duffels, thirty barrs of lead, and nine bags of gunpowder.”

Photo of Ideas, talent, brains powered Schenectady's development
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Electricity arrived in Schenectady on Feb. 2, 1886, just a few short months before Thomas Edison. Both were big hits.

Photo of Schenectady's legacy filled with great names, great ideas
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Great names and great ideas have flowed into and out of Schenectady in the 350 years since Arendt van Curler bought several acres of fertile land below a horseshoe bend in the Mohawk River, leading to the founding of the future city.

Photo of Schenectady 350: Leaders see city on the rise again (special section)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The city of Schenectady, today celebrating its 350th birthday, has a history that includes both eras of prosperity and adversity. What lies ahead?

Photo of Schenectady's political history written by diverse characters
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Joseph Yates, then governor of New York, was caught between a rock and a hard place. The citizens of New York were clamoring for popular elections, but while his political party held control of the legislature, changing the structure of state government early in the 19th century seemed like an unnecessary risk.

Historians indebted to Union professor for early work
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Want a little history?
Union College president Eliphalet Nott wasn’t interested, barking, “It is small business to be raking among the dust and rubbish of the past.”
Fortunately, Jonathan Pearson didn’t agree.

 

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