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					                            Schenectady County
                            Historical
                            Society

                                            Newsletter
                            Volume 53 Number 5-6
                            32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, New York 12305
                                                                                                             May - June 2009
                                                                                                             (518) 374-0263
                            Web site: http://www.schist.org • Editor email: rbergero@nycap.rr.com       FAX: (518) 688-2825
                            Librarian email: librarian@schist.org • Curator email: curator@schist.org



                              “We are sowing winter wheat.”:
                          Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Schenectady, 1867
                                                      by
                                                Neil B. Yetwin

                              On Thursday, March 14, 1867, the following announcement appeared on page 3
                              of the Schenectady Democrat and Reflector:

                                     “EQUAL RIGHTS MEETING. – Our readers will bear in mind that
                                      Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will address the
                                      citizens of Schenectady on the subject of ‘Universal Suffrage, the
                                      basis of just government’ at Anthony Hall on Wednesday evening
                                      (March 20th) at 7 ½ o’clock. Admission 25 cents.”

                              The same announcement appeared on the following Monday, March 18th, adding
                              that “Mrs. Stanton will, we understand, reply to Prof. Tayler Lewis’s theories as
                              to household representation, & c.”
 Elizabeth Cady Stanton
                      Despite the growing influence of Stanton, Anthony, and the American women’s
                      movement during the 19th century, the issue of “female suffrage” was generally relegated
                      to the back pages of newspapers around the country. And there probably would not have
                      been any additional coverage of Stanton’s appearance had it not been for a group of
                      Union College students whose behavior at her lecture precipitated a series of rancorous
                      exchanges in the local press.

                      Stanton, a Johnstown native, was educated at the Johnstown Academy and the Troy
                      Seminary (later the Emma Willard School) and after moving to Seneca Falls, NY in
                      1847, she helped organize the first Women’s Rights Convention, which convened at
                      Seneca Falls on July 19, 1848. Stanton was subsequently labeled a “dangerous radical”
                      and the women’s rights movement became, as one historian put it, “the object of ridicule
                      from press and pulpit alike,”. Beginning in 1851, she teamed up with Susan B. Anthony
                      and for the next 50 years organized women’s conventions and spoke before local, state
Susan B. Anthony      and national legislatures and congressional committees in the cause of women’s rights.


                                                                                                        Continued on p 4 & 5



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         BOARD OF
          TRUSTEES
      EDWIN D. REILLY, JR.
                                                                  President’s Letter
            PRESIDENT
       MERRITT GLENNON                    I haven’t been to Washington in April to see its cherry trees in years, but I couldn’t
        VICE PRESIDENT           resist the next best thing. Overnight, a day or so ago, the trees in front of the YWCA
        MARY TREANOR             next door and our headquarters burst forth in full bloom. So I brought my trusty eight
           TREASURER             megapixel Canon to work this morning and fired it at an angle designed to capture all the
      WILLIAM DIMPELFELD         elements of this evanescent annual scene that I treasure so much—the grand entrance to
      ASSISTANT TREASURER        our House, two flags flapping in the breeze, and one of those glorious trees. It’s cheery,
       CYNTHIA SEACORD           not cherry, but that’s close enough for
           SECRETARY             (non) government work. Here’s the
      STEPHANIE ALBERS           result:
        ANN ARONSON                       Now, I must confess that I
        RUTH BERGERON            chose a viewing angle to hide the sad
    MARIANNE BLANCHARD           fact that the tree directly in front of the
       PAUL BORISENKO            building has not yet bloomed. I hate to
        EARL BRINKMAN            think that it has died, so perhaps it just
    NANCY JOHNSEN CURRAN         forgot to renew its membership in the
          JIM EIGNOR             society of its peers on either side and
       PHILLIP FALCONER          will pay its dues and bloom in May.
        FRANK GILMORE
                                 You may see through where I’m going
      CAROLINA LAZZARI
         CAROL LEWIS             with this.
         MARY LIEBERS                     This is the annual issue of the Newsletter where we do our best to thank the many
          KIM MABEE              of you who have renewed Society membership during the fiscal year ending March 30.
        ELSIE MADDAUS            Compiling the list is something of a daunting task; I always fear that someone’s name will
        BRIAN MERRIAM            be omitted due to a clerical error. Computers alone are too smart for this purpose; they
     VAUGHN LOUISE NEVIN         have no judgment. We try our best to infuse some into the process.
        HARRY STEVEN                      It always hurts to lose members, so we do our level best to retain current members
       ROBERT SULLIVAN           and recruit new ones. So when that renewal notice comes, I ask that you respond promptly
       FRANK TAORMINA            and, if at all possible, do your own level best by moving up to a higher level. With your
            STAFF                help, we’ll get through this financially perilous 2009 just fine.
     KATHERINE CHANSKY
           LIBRARIAN                                                                                                     -   Ed
       KATHRYN WELLER
           CURATOR
          PAT BARROT
    MABEE FARM SITE MANAGER
       JENNIFER HANSON
        OFFICE MANAGER
     NEWSLETTER EDITORS:
        ANN ARONSON
       RUTH BERGERON
            HOURS

        MUSEUM
       & LIBRARY
      MONDAY-FRIDAY 9-5
       SATURDAY 10-2             Welcome to our newly appointed trustees, l to r:
                                 Nancy Johnsen Curran, Paul Borisenko, Marianne Blanchard, Brian Merriam.
        MABEE FARM
                                 See page 3 for their biographies.
              OPEN
    MAY 9 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26
        TUES-SAT 10AM-4PM

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                                       Our Four Newest Trustees
           MARIANNE BLANCHARD                                               PAUL BORISENKO

Marianne Blanchard has had a 30-year career in banking.     Shortly after attending a Stockade Walkabout in
She is currently a branch manager for Capital Bank in       1980, Glenville resident Paul Borisenko and his wife
Albany after previous service with the Ballston Spa         Sara purchased a home built in 1790 in the hamlet of
National Bank and Trustco. Marianne was a long-time         Charlton. Owning their own building and remodeling
volunteer for the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council.       business, they spent the next quarter century working on
Over the years she served as a Leader, Association Chair,   it, raising their two children, and becoming part of that
Board member, and Board Chair. She was also an active       community. As a member of the local Historical Society,
member of the Scotia Glenville Lincoln School PTA           Paul served in almost every capacity from chair of
board, and was a co-chair of the Scotia Glenville Junior    building and grounds to president. He chaired a group
High PTA. Marianne joined Schenectady Rotary in 1992,       that restored the old one-room schoolhouse that now
transferred to Glenville Rotary in 1995, and now serves     serves as that Society’s meeting place, and co-chaired the
as its Deputy Secretary. She is a member of the Southern    annual Founders Day parade for over 15 years. He was a
Saratoga, Colonie, and Albany-Colonie Chambers of           member of the Charlton Planning Board and Chairman
Commerce and a member of the Hope House 2009 Golf           of its Historic District Commission. In 2004 Paul and
committee. Growing up on Schermerhorn Road in               Sara decided it was time for a change. They built their
Rotterdam where so many historic homes still stand          “retirement” home in the Glenville hills—all on one
instilled in Marianne a strong interest in local history.   floor, maintenance free, tilt-in windows. But shortly
She began service to SCHS as a volunteer in the Grems-      thereafter, Paul changed his mind and career and began
Doolittle Library. She was appointed to a vacancy on our    work as Building Inspector for the Town of Glenville. So
Board last year, and the membership extended her term       he will once again be part of a Building and Grounds
at the Annual Meeting. Marianne lives in Glenville with     committee, this time for our Historical Society, and he
her husband David, and their two daughters have given       and Sara will sill have time to enjoy their two
them three grandsons.                                       grandchildren.

          NANCY JOHNSEN CURRAN                                              BRIAN MERRIAM

Nancy Johnsen Curran brings to the Society expertise in     Brian Merriam is a lifelong resident of Schenectady
two professions: genealogy research and public relations.   County. He attended Niskayuna High School and earned
Her career in public relations and journalism includes      a B.A. degree in Political Science from Calvin College in
local news and music columns, as well as working in         Grand Rapids, Michigan. He returned to Schenectady to
New York for American Heritage. She earned her              work with his father in their family-owned, 114-year-old
bachelor’s degree in communications from Empire State       insurance agency. Brian has since gone on to obtain three
College, having received academic credit for earlier        post-graduate professional degrees and teaches insurance
studies at Skidmore College, as well as for her             and risk management topics around the United States. As
experience as a music reviewer and columnist for the        the current president of the Merriam Insurance Agency,
Schenectady Gazette and her work as producer and host       he presides over a staff of 15 at offices in Schenectady
of “Dimensions,” a public affairs talk show on WGY.         and North Creek, NY. His past community activities
She worked as public relations officer for the               include service as vice president of the Schenectady City
nontraditional Regents External Degree Program, now         Mission, Ambassador of the Schenectady Chamber of
called Excelsior College, and as an adjunct faculty         Commerce, a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church,
member teaching journalism and public relations at the      president of the Schenectady Rotary Club, and a fund
Sage Colleges. Later Nancy was a public relations           raiser for Ellis Hospital. He has also held memberships
professional at the State University of New York central    in Gideons International, Birthright of Schenectady, the
administration, acting as liaison for 64 campuses and       Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association, the College
originating press releases and reports for the SUNY         Park Neighborhood Association, and the Boy Scouts of
system. She has also been a member of the board of          America. He is also a past chairman of the Center City
governors of the Friends of the New York State Library,     Sports Complex and the current chairman of the National
and now serves on the board of trustees of the New          Federation of Independent Businesses Leadership
Netherland Project, which translates and publishes          Counsel. Brian and his wife Judi and their three children
documents of the Dutch colonial period.                     live in Schenectady.

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         As the Civil War approached, Stanton used her           has described.” Only a minority of women would ever
    platform to link women suffrage with abolitionism,           choose to vote if allowed, he went on, and suggested
    but in the aftermath of the war the newly-formed             that women can only improve society by avoiding the
    American Equal Rights Association within the suffrage        ballot box and “pursuing her duties as wife and mother
    movement set aside its original agenda in favor of           at home, instilling into the minds of her dear children
    black voting rights. Undeterred, Stanton turned her          principles of virtue, warning them against the evils to
    attention to the New York State Constitution and             which they are exposed…. We agree with Mrs. Stanton
    addressed the State Senate’s Judiciary Committee.            that woman has a great mission to perform in this
    She insisted that women were citizens governed by            country, but it is only as a moral agent – her aim must
    the New York State Constitution, and therefore had           be to develop the child for God and country.”
    a right to vote for delegates empowered to change
    that document. “Women and negroes, being seven-              But the Evening Star also reported the arrival of some
    twelfths of the people, are a majority,” she told the        Union College students at Anthony Hall (the exact
    Committee on January 23rd; “And according to our             number is unknown), some of whom were allegedly
    republican theory, are the rightful rulers of the nation.”   inebriated when they began to exhibit “scandalous
    The motion was defeated, but Stanton, Anthony and            behavior” by attacking “an unprotected woman,
    colleague Lucy Stone were granted permission to              addressing a public audience in a commendable and
    speak at the convention the following summer. In the         able manner” in the form of the “hissing, squawking,
    interim, Stanton and Anthony promoted their cause on         stamping, laughing noises of a pack of conceited asses.
    the lecture circuit and in the process gathered 20,000       Some of you may have been told by your mothers to
    signatures from women around the state. Their local          keep your mouth shut for a time that no one would know
    itinerary would take them to Amsterdam, Fultonville,         you was a fool. Follow her advice… Judging from the
    Gloversville and Johnstown, but their first stop was          conduct of a number of students of Union College at
    at Schenectady’s Anthony Hall, which stood at the            the Equal Rights Meeting, the finest specimens and the
    northeast corner of Liberty and Ferry Streets.               richest varieties of educated fools are to be found in
                                                                 that institution of learning.” The writer then issued a
    The diminutive (5’3”) Stanton began her Anthony Hall         stern warning: “If any of you again disturb our peace
    address by maintaining that “because men and women           in a public meeting, we propose to dispose of you in a
    are the complement of one another, we need women’s           more summary manner than this.”
    thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable
    government. If the civilization of the age calls for the       “A Student” responded in the March 25th Evening
    extension of the suffrage, surely a government of the        Star that “No disrespect for ‘an unprotected female’
    most virtuous men and women would better represent           was intended by any student at the meeting of which
    and whole and protect the interests of all than could        you speak. But when we hear one of our most honored
    the representation of either sex alone.” An additional       Professors directly or indirectly assailed, rest assured
    excerpt from Stanton’s speech was reported in the            that we shall resent the injury at once.” Mrs. Stanton,
    Daily Evening Star and the Schenectady Republican            it was reported, had stated that “had the women the
    over the following days:                                     right to choose between Henry Ward Beecher and
                                                                 Prof. Lewis to represent them they would prefer the
     “How humiliating! For women to be thrust aside with         former” (Beecher, a well-known abolitionist and social
    infamous criminals – and worse than all, with those          reformer, was an advocate of woman suffrage, while
    who bet on elections. Prisoners in our public prisons,       Union Professor Tayler Lewis wrote that “women
    paupers in our alms house, students , etc. vote wherever     already had the vote; their husbands were their
    they are. Just imagine the motley crew from the ten          representatives.”). The Star’s editor responded with
    thousand dens of poverty and vice in our large cities,       undisguised sarcasm to the letters: “If we really knew
    limping, raving, cringing, staggering up to the polls.”      that it was the brightest effort of the ‘smartest’ student
                                                                 in Union College we would lay down our pen and
    The Evening Star’s editorial response was patronizing        bedew the paper on which we are writing with tears.”
    but not harsh. One writer claimed that I would be
    humiliating for “educated, refined, Christian women”           Other respondents were more benevolent. One insisted
    to mingle “with just such a class of men as Mrs. Stanton     that most of the said students conducted themselves

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in a “commendable manner” and were “urbane and
dignified.” Another, signing himself as “Fair Play”,
dismissed the “hissing dispute” as “much ado about
a trivial matter.” While not a “student worshipper”,
he wrote, it is sometimes necessary to refrain from
“hostility and malice towards students as a class” who
“now and then abuse the principles bestowed” by civil
society.

 The impact of Stanton’s message on her Schenectady
audience may never be known. But eleven weeks later,
an article entitled “Schenectady Female Suffrage and
the Water Question” appeared in the May 25th Daily
Evening Star which stated that “on the question whether    Anthony Hall, northeast corner of Liberty and Ferry Streets,
public water works should or should not be erected         Schenectady, NY
at municipal expense, nearly one-sixth of the seven
hundred odd votes cast were deposited by women. The        MABEE FARM – news and events
conservative tendencies of the sex were made proudly       Mabee Farm 2009 season opens Saturday, May 9 and
manifest in the fact that of their quota of votes nearly   will operate through September 26. It is open to the
all were cast against the proposed innovation.” Susan      public Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm and
B. Anthony kept a copy of the article in her records as    at other times by appointment. Please call (518) 887-
evidence that American women did indeed want the           5073.
right to vote.
                                                           EXHIBIT opening on May 16: The French and
 On June 27th, at the conclusion of their local lecture    Indian War: “Civilian Efforts in the Logistics
tour, Stanton and Anthony went on to address the           of War”
Suffrage Subcommittee of the State Constitutional          Many books and articles have been written about
Convention and deliver their petition but were defeated    this war - its military leaders and the issues leading
once again. From 1868 to 1880, Stanton spent 8 months      to the conflict. But what is seldom discussed is the
of each year lecturing from Maine to Texas under the       monumental task in the mid 1700’s of getting supplies
auspices of the New York Lyceum Bureau, speaking           to the troops. This exhibit examines the enormous
about women’s issues as well as education and prison       effort of the ordinary people and slaves to carry out
reform.                                                    the task. The Mabee Farm is proud to have received
                                                           a Dickinson Sponsorship Grant from the French and
Elizabeth Cady Stanton continued to write, lecture         Indian War 250th Anniversary Commission for this
and lobby for women’s rights until the end of her          exhibit.
life, but came to accept that American women would
likely not vote in her lifetime. “We are sowing winter     DOCENT and TOUR GUIDE Training Day
wheat,” she wrote on her 78th birthday, “which the         A Training Day for Tour Guides and Docents will be
coming spring will see sprout and which hands other        held on Saturday, May 9th from 10 am – 12 pm. Learn
than ours will reap and enjoy.” When she died in New       about the Mabee Family and life at this site from the
York City on October 26, 1902 at age 87, the Evening       17th through the 20th centuries. Find out how you can
Star published an article, “Tales of Mrs. Stanton: Early   assist with programs and events. Light refreshments
Experiences of Famous Woman Suffragette” that              will be provided. For additional information, and to
included amusing extracts from her autobiography but       register please call (518) 887-5073
nothing substantive on her social and political impact.
Yet throughout her lifetime, Elizabeth Cady Stanton        CEMETERY DAY
developed a rich legacy of activism for women who          The Mabee Family Cemetery needs some TLC and
still struggle to breach the perpetual “glass ceiling.”    we need a small army to help us. Please join us on
                                                           Saturday May 16th from 9 am – 1 pm as we survey the
                                                           cemetery, tidy it up, and make repairs.


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                      Schenectady County Historical Society
            Members and contributors from April 1 2008 through March 31 2009 (FY2008)

    Life                          Patron                             Zoe Oxley & Dale Miller
    Dr. N. Balasubramaniam        Jim & Cindy Albright               William H. Milton III
    Bette Bradway                 Almy & Anne Coggeshall             Mardy Moore
    Mr. & Mrs. Merrill Brown                                         Stephen & Judith Pagano
    Dudley Chambers               Benefactor                         Mr. & Mrs. V. Russell Patience
    Muriel DeSorbo                Linda Flynt                        E. J. Prior
    Jim & Ann Eignor              Analine Hicks                      Ed & Jean Reilly
    Werner Feibes                 Hugh & Vaughn Louise Nevin         Bob & Helen Ringlee
    Mrs. Roland Fitzroy                                              John & Cindy Seacord
    Frederick C. Fox              Sponsor                            Mr. & Mrs. William A. Simpson
    Robert F. Fullam              Joyce Alessandrini                 Mr. & Mrs. Gordon M. Smith
    Fr. George C. Gagnon          John & Carolyn Assini              Joan Spicer
    Mr. & Mrs. R. L. George       Paul Basile                        Esther Swanker
    Dorothea Godfrey              Ruth Bergeron                      Edward Tanner
    Gladys Graubart               Win & Flo Bigelow                  Frank Taormina
    Mrs. John Hancock             Mr. & Mrs. William W. Borthwick    JoAnn & Ernie Tetrault
    Mrs. Larry Hart               Bob & Sylvie Briber                Mr. & Mrs. Wayne S. Thomas
    Carol Harvey                  Earl & Rita Brinkman               Dr. & Mrs. Maynard J. Toll
    Paul Heiner                   Jim & Sandra Buhrmaster            Christine Clark & Arend
    Mr. & Mrs. R.T. Henke         Lee Davenport                      Vanderveen
    Dr. Grace Jorgensen           Albert Di Nicola                   David & Jane Vermilyea
    George Juno                   Richard & Nancy Edmonds            David & Ann Vincent
    Francis Karwowski             Dianne Gade                        William & Greta Wagle
    Catherine Kindl               George Gamble                      Sam & Carol Wait
    Mrs. T. S. Kosinski           Tom & Nancy Gifford                Francis & Joyce Wallace
    Betty La Grange               Merritt & Pat Glennon              David & Janice Walz
    Barbara Lawrence              Neil & Jane Golub                  Greg Welsh
    Laura Lee Linder              Edward Grems                       Ralph & Pauline Wood
    Douglass Mabee                Stanley & Elaine Hickok            Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Yager
    Gary & Kim Mabee              Richard Huether
    Stephen Mabie                 Karen Johnson                      Donor
    Edward McElroy                Philip & Joy Jones                 Stephanie Albers
    Mrs. Ernest J. Milano         Sharon Jordan                      Arthur Aseltine
    Charles Millington            Joseph & Sandra Jurczynski         Ann Bish
    Dr. James W. Nelson           Ernest & Gloria Kahn               Barbara Brabetz
    Mrs. John Papp                Muriel Burrows & Al Kee            Diane Buckley
    Donald F. Putnam              Don & Shirley Krauter              Rachel Cameron
    Ronald Ratchford              Dana Lansing                       Rodgers Cheeks
    Norman Rynex                  Carolina & Livio Lazzari           Anne Christman
    Clinton Sager                 John & Traute Lehner               Laura Conrad
    Marjorie Schmid               Bob & Mary Liebers                 Mr. & Mrs. Whylen G. Cooper
    Jim Schmitt                   Col. & Mrs. John A. Lighthall      Gladys Craven
    Fred Sistarenik               Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. Livingston   Jocelyn Creech
    Mr. & Mrs. Joe Strange        Paul Mabie                         Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Fenton
    Shirley Sutphen               Brenda Mabie                       Ruth Fitzmorris
    John & Sally van Schaick      Mary Maybee                        Emmeline Grubb
    Charles Van Wormer            Charles & Debra McCambridge        Kathryn Johnson
    W. Brinson Weeks              Helen McCary                       Steve Jones
    Jay Wright                                                       Don & Ruth Kerr
    Frieda Wyman                                                     Gloria Kishton

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Peter Kozak                       Jim & Judith DePasquale             Laurence & Nancy Meyers Pardi
Michael & Lisa Maybee Michael     Morgan & Ellen Desmond              Carl & Joann Paulsen
& Barbara Naumoff                 Michael & Yvonne Divak              Jonathan & Joan Pearson IV
Gerry & Eleanor Pierce            Roger & Alma Ehle                   Mr. & Mrs. Jon Persaud
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pinkerton       Dale & Virginia Evans               Marilyn M. Pfaltz
Dick & Barbara Preisman           Phillip & Jane Falconer             Bill & Janet Pickney
Don & Ann Reilly                  Renie Federighi                     Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Polgreen
Kevin & Jennifer Richard-Morrow   Frank & Rose Feiner                 Ev & Margaret Rau
Jessie Roensch                    Joseph Ferrannini                   David & Cay Raycroft
Ernest Rumbaugh                   Al & Norma Finke                    Patricia Ellen Richards
E. James Schermerhorn             John C. Fitts                       Arnold & Phyllis Ritterband
Shirley Schleier                  Richard & Joan Fowler               Lloyd. & Shirley Rivest
Jim & Beverly Sefcik              Jim Dickson & Bill Garcia           Beryl Rockwell
Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Schmidt    Don & Mary Gavin                    Mr. & Mrs. Herbert J. Roes
Helga Schroeter                   Ed & Nancy Gifford                  Timothy & Lori Sager
Van der Bogert & Mary Shanklin    Clark & Mildred Gittinger           Brendan & Robin Sanders
Edwin Van Ingen Shaw              John & Marie Gorman                 Denis & Christie Sardella
Elllen Stanton                    Mr. & Mrs. David R. Gould           Eric & Mary Schadow
Charlotte & Richard Stearns       Sherie Grignon                      John & Susan Kalia Schenck
Martin L. Storm                   Dr. & Mrs. Richard F. Gullott       Harold & Debbie Schneiderwind
Mrs. Harold B. Vroman             Dr. & Mrs. Franklyn C. Hayford      Mr. & Mrs. James H. Shaw
Ann & Emile Walraven              Richard & Dana Helion               Earl Shirkey
Mr. & Mrs. Keith L. Weller        Dr. & Mrs. James Holmblad           Richard Sills
                                  Joseph & Amanda Hope                Richard & Connie Cahill Sise
Family                            Don & Anne Hotaling                 David & Katherine Skelly
Donald & Kay Ackerman             Dugald & Sharon Jackson IV          Don & Joanne Snell
Dr. & Mrs. Harvey J. Alexander    Richard Junge                       Wayne & Betty Somers
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Anderson         James & Nancy Kalasinski            Robert & Judith Stafford
Gabe & Diane Basil                Gail Kehn                           Harry & Sybil Steven
Bill & Mary Jane Beaulieu         Brian & Roberta Kelly               Dr. & Mrs. James R. Stewart
John Pokines & Andread Becker     Dr. & Mrs. Robert Kennedy           Dr. & Mrs. James Strosberg
Michael & Sandra Beloncik         Brett & Stacey Lauren Kennedy       Prof. & Mrs. Harvey Strum
Robert & Leslie Benedict          Scott & Diane Bengston Kilbourn     Owen & Betty Sutton
Elmer & Olga Bertsch              Douglas & Deborah Kreifels          George & Evelyn Terwilliger
David and Marianne Blanchard      Ed & Sally Le Viness                Shirley Thomas
Paul and Sara Borisenko           Mr. & Mrs. William G. Loveday Jr.   Jon & Nancy Tobiessen
George & Deborah Bowdish          Robert & Charlotte Mabee            Michael & Mary Treanor
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Boyer          Mr. & Mrs. John W. Mabee            Wayne & Elizabeth Tucker
Lou and Judy Buhrmaster           Stephen & Suzanne Mackey            William Underhill
Gayle Caufield                     Jeffrey & Karen Mallia              Bill & Mary Jane Valachovic
Kevin & Vanessa Chamberlain       John & Mildred Mangan               Louis Van Curler-Cuyler
Mr. & Mrs. John Chequer           Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Markey         Laura Van Eps
Carol Clemens                     Bernard & Barbara McEvoy            Robert & Kathryn Van Flue
Richard & Marian Clowe            John & Anne McLaughlin              Mr. & Mrs. Robert Veino
Betsy Cotton & Liam Condon        Brian & Judi Merriam                Phil & Catherine Wajda
Jim & Wilma Corcoran              Charles & Shirley Milbert           Paul & Doris Ward
Nicholas & Jo Cristy              Mr. & Mrs. Rexford G. Moon Jr.      Dick & Mary Kuykendall Weber
Dr. & Mrs. James F. Cunningham    Hal & Jo Moore                      Marvin & Vera Weiss
Ona Curran                        Jim & Faye Tischler Murphy          Steve & Carol Weisse
Nancy Johnsen Curran              Oliver & Ethel Murray               Cal & Carolyn Welch
Allen & Ann David                 Yves & Elaine Nollet                John & Jean Wilkinson
Dan & Sue Dayton                  Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. O’Connor      Henry Williams
Ruth Deagle                       Mr. & Mrs. David Ogsbury            Mr. & Mrs. George L. Yager
Rudy Dehn                         Mr. & Mrs. John Ostapow

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Individual                       Paul Dimon                Paul Hooker
William Ackner                   Bill Dimpelfeld           Douglass Horstman
Edgar Alderson                   Rose Dixon                Sylvia Hosegood
Scott Andrus                     Frances Rowe Dowling      Dr. Marvin A. Humphrey
Don Ardell                       Kate Dudding              Glenn Hunger
Ann Aronson                      Susan Duncan              JoAnne Ivory
Cornelia Bailey                  Shirley Dunn              Bernice Izzo
Louise Basa                      Patricia Dwyer            Barbara Jeffries
Henry Bastian                    Elizabeth Ehrcke          Hugh Jenkins
Carl Bell                        James Elbrecht            Timothy Johnson
Bertha Berman                    Mona Evenden              Blaine Johnston
Dr. Janis L. Best                Allison Farrell           Marietta Jones
Marilyn Bisgrove                 Carol Farrell             Leonard Josefiak
Theone Bob                       Joy Favretti              Gerald Kammerman
Virginia Bohn                    Hazel Feiker              Rev. James Kane
Patricia Booth                   Susan Felthousen          Raymond Karis
Maxine Borom                     Robert Felthousen         Ann Karl
Richard Bove                     Howard Fiedler            Randall Karl
Ann Bowerman                     Linda Finkle              Francis Karwowski
Ann Bradburd                     Ellen Fladger             Jean Katz
Jennifer Breslin                 Brian Flahive             Ms. B. J. Kelly
Stanley Breunig                  Maria Flores              Dottie Kennison
Sally Brillon                    Martha Foland             Sharlene King
Adrianne Brockman                Margaret Foley            Ron Kingsley
William Bronk                    Barbara Foti              Millie Kling
George Brougham                  Arlene Frederick          Bonnie Kotary
Dorothea Brown                   Karl Fredericks           Donna Kuba
Bill Buell                       Stuart Freeman Jr.        Florence LaMontagne
Anneke Bull                      Michaela French           Rita Lancefield
Robert Butsch                    Ralph Gasner              Anne LaRoche
Miriam Butzel                    Jean Gauer                Stan Lee
Marjorie Byrnes                  Carl George               Sally Lester
Sandra Mabie Caldeira            Ruth George               Richard W. Lewis Jr.
Lynn Calvin                      Frank Gilmore             Carol Lewis
Diana Carter                     Helen George              Victor Lou
Katherine Chansky                Donald Gleason            Katharine Lowe
Shirley Clark                    Melanie Glennon           Robert Mabie
Doris Clark                      Beryl Grant               Catharine Mabie
Hilda Clohesy                    Marion Grimes             Mrs. Sylvester Mabie
Robert Coan                      Elaine Bradshaw Guidice   George Mabie
Wayne Collins                    Jean Daley Gwynn          Betty Jean Maclachlan
Joy Coneway                      Ruth Hand                 Elsie Maddaus
Evalyn Conklin                   Jennifer Hanson           Gertrude Mallan
Justine Connelly                 Jayne Hanson              Jim Mancuso
Vivian Consalvo                  Gail Harkness             David Manthey
Carlton Consaul                  Diane Harper              David Marhafer
Christopher Cornell              Alan Hart                 Richard Martin
Librarian @ Cornell University   Janet Hawkes              Joan Marzitelli-Brooks
Lt. Col. Irving E. Costanzo      John Hawley               Irma Mastrean
Peter DeGraff Cross              R. J. Hayes               Brian Maybee
Charleen DeLorenzo               Clifford Hayes            Patricia McAllister
Gail Denisoff                    Gerald Helgeson           Robert McCalley Jr.
Marjorie Deubel                  Garrett Hermanson         Carole McCarthy
John Diesso                      Gale Hock                 Nancy McNabb
Mary Jane Dike                   Robert Hoffman            Jo Ann Menzer
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Marion Miller         Louvina Slurff           Leigh Woznick
Peter Modley          Deanna Smith             William Yates
Martha Mooney         Don Smith                Bill Yunick
Andrew James Morris   Elaine Springsted        Jim Zayicek
Malinda Myers         Dave St. Louis           Jean Zegger
Perry Ann Myslivy     Ellen Steele
Beverly Neadle        Fred Stevens             Supporting
Janet Nelson          Carole Strong            Adirondack Trust Co.
Nancy Niefield         Bob Sullivan             Baptist Health System
George Nigriny        Robin Swain              Bellamy Construction
Christie Noble        Sally Swantz             Broughton Foundation
Jane Meader Nye       Jim Tedisco              Carl Foundation
Francis O’Connor      Peter Ten Eyck           C. T. Male Engineering
Elaine Orsini         Alice Tepper             Edison Exploratorium
Caleb Paine           Dr. Clifford M. Tepper   Ellis Hospital
Barbara Palmer        Evelyn Thode             Felthousen Florists
Nancy Papish          Ann Thomas               G&M Auto Tech
Cheryl Parkhurst      Jill Titus               Gazette Newspapers
Mary Pedone           Helen Tognetti           General Electric Company
Linda Perregaux       Jean Tomlinson           George E. Franchere Trust
Ann Perry             Joseph Topka             Glen Sanders Mansion
Robert A. Petito Jr   Thomas Town              Golub Foundation
Julia Pfaffenbach     Tulloch Townsend         JM MacDonald Foundation
Betty Pieper          Lois Troup               Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
Barbara Piper         Lois Truax               Lange’s Pharmacy
Teresa Pistolessi     Jack Underwood           Lower Hudson Conference
Carol Pitsas          Eugene Van Dyke          Mabee Family Foundation
Janet Rainey          John Van Laak            Matthew Bender
Gabrielle Reals       Gloria Vassolas          Media Well Done
Malcolm Rhoades       Dr. Elizabeth Veeder     Mohawk Ambulance
Patricia Ritrovato    Carolyn Veeder           Northeastern Fine Jewelry
Mary Ann Ruscitto     Richard Verzoni          NYS Council for the Humanities
Dr. Jack Ruthberg     Doris Vrooman            NYS Quadricentennial
Paul Ryan             Nancy Walden             Commission
Angelo Santabarbara   F. William Walker        Pattersonville Furniture
Judith Schultz        Anita Walther            Preisman Realty
Elinore Schumacher    Nancy Wasmund            Schenectady County
Kathleen Scutt        Linda Weisel             Schenectady D.A.R.
William Seyse         Charles Warner Wendell   Schenectady Museum
Susanna Sherwood      Richard Whalen           Senator Hugh T. Farley
Elizabeth Shirkey     Walter Wheeler           Starbucks
Janet Shook           Art Willis               Stockade Inn
Drew Simmons          Glenn Witecki            Slick’s Restaurant & Tavern
Peter Sisario         Johanna Woldring         T. A. Predel & Co. Inc
Charles Slavin        Robert Woods             Union College
Henrietta Slosek      John Woodward            Vincy’s Printing




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Library News                                                    the violin and had a career at
New books and historic documents in the library:                GE retiring in 1968. At this
*Beck , Boorshoom, Brouwer, Castle, Coonley, DeGraaf,           point we do not know which
Peek, Race, Trieux, Truax, Van Benthuysen, Van                  musical group William
Santvoord , Van Slyck, Vedder, Wallard - genealogies            Mielke directed, but plan
compiled by James M. Spencer for numerous families              to research this over the
from Schenectady                                                summer.
*The Nelson Lee Dawson family bible, gift of Gary and
                                                                       Bob was especially
Kim Mabee
                                                                interested in the Mabee
*And Grandma Said… Iroquois Teachings by Tom Porter
                                                                Farm and for that reason
*Deed dated 1787 Duanesburg (site of the Quaker Street
                                                                Evelyn Thode donated an
School) scanned copy, provided by Robert Sullivan.
                                                                antique cider press to the
(Original deed is housed in the school building)
                                                                farm from his estate. Pat
                                                                Barrot, site manager for the
The Robert J. Mielke Collection
                                                                Mabee Farm, has discovered
   The library has cataloged and shelved a local history        in the farm history that cider was made with similar
collection donated by Evelyn Thode in the memory of             presses by the Mabee family. This press will be used
Robert J. Mielke who passed away on May 28, 2007.               to demonstrate to farm visitors how cider was made by
Bob was a long-time member and supporter of the                 hand.
Historical Society. He
had collected important
studies of New York
State     history    from
                                                                MUSEUM – lectures, exhibits
Colonial days through                                           “The Most Beautiful Land”: Schenectady County’s
the 19th century relating                                       History – A Bicentennial Exhibit
to Schenectady history
from      Dutch       barn                                      will continue in the Society’s Vrooman Room until
architecture to Colonial                                        September. This is an exceptional exhibit you do not want
agrarian studies; local                                         to miss. It looks at Schenectady County’s history from its
education (Schenectady                                          beginnings as a frontier trading community to becoming
public education, Union                                         an industrial center with the city of Schenectady known
College);     biographies;                                      as the city that “lights and hauls” the world, and to the
and Native American                  Robert J. Mielke           changes in the 21st century.
studies. This collection
also reflects his professional interests: librarian, educator,
and a founding member of UCALL, Union College’s                 Message from the Curator – The Society is the recipient
adult education non-degree program.                             of three substantial grants from the New York State Council
                                                                for the Humanities (NYSCH). One underwrote our
   Bob was a lifelong area resident, born in Schenectady
                                                                February 14th program “Traveling the African American
in 1938, the son of William and Ethel Yates Mielke, and a
                                                                Experience in New York City.” Another paid for most
graduate of Nott Terrace High School, Class of 1956. He
                                                                of the construction, printing, and other costs associated
earned his B.A. from Union College, a masters degree
                                                                with the mounting of our ambitious Bicentennial Exhibit.
in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and a
                                                                The third will underwrite our November program on “St.
second masters degree in Library Science from SUNY
                                                                Nicholas, the Saint Who Became Santa Claus” featuring
Albany School of Library Science. Later he earned a
                                                                the culinary expert and Dutch historian, Peter Rose. The
certificate in accounting from Siena College.
                                                                Lower Hudson Conference grant paid for the cleaning
   In addition to books, Evelyn Thode donated a music           and conservation by the Williamstown Art Conservation
rack which is labeled, “William Mielke, Musical Director,       Laboratory of the “Jacob Mabee Inn” sign featured in
Schenectady,” and belonged to Bob’s father who played           our current exhibit; and finally, the Institute of Museum



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and Library Services (IMLS) paid for the purchase
of movable shelving to be installed in the vault in the                 French & Indian War
History Museum.                                                            Re-enactment
The Society survives and thrives on the efforts of its                      & Market Fair
many volunteers in almost every aspect of our Museum                         June 6 - 7
operations. Our docent staff includes Bill Buell, Faye
Tischler, and Mary Liebers. For the past three years
volunteers have inventoried our collections: David Waytho,
Ann-Marie Rutkowski, Phil Falconer, Mona Graves,
and Allan Shartrand. There are also the countless other
volunteers who have helped with construction, editing,
cleaning, painting, or helping to host events: Bill Ackner,    Battles with cannons & period boats
Kim Mabee, Ann Aronson, Ann Karl, Rita Brinkman,               Cavalry demonstrations
Vaughn Nevin, Ruth Bergeron, Theresa Pistolessi, Edwin         Market Fair with period goods
Reilly, Jim Eignor, Ann Eignor, Cynthia Seacord, Merritt       Kids musket drill
Glennon, Carol Lewis, Gary Mabee, Neil Yetwin, and             Portrayal of Jack, the Mabee slave
                                                               Sunday church service
Matthew Zembo.                                                 Punch & Judy Show           FREE
                                                               Drill demos               Admission
                                                               Camp tours
                                                                Saturday night period barn dance at 6:30 pm
“A Store on the Erie Canal” – a fictional account - by                         Public welcome
storyteller Kate Dudding                                         MABEE FARM HISTORIC SITE
Saturday – May 9                                                     Route 5S, Rotterdam Jct.
                                                                          (518) 887-5073
1:30 Refreshments               2:00 Program                  www.mabeefarm.org mabee@nycap.rr.com
Kate Dudding is a well known local storyteller who will
tell the tale of the fictional Van Heusen family and its 50
years of ownership of a store alongside the Erie Canal in
                                                                Howlin’ at the Moon
Schenectady. The story opens in 1817. Come and hear
all about 50 years of retail and family life along the Erie
                                                                  Music Series
Canal.                                                        Come howl with us for our Singer/Songwriters
                                                               Showcase performances that take place each
                                                                   full moon from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
                                                                  from June - September in our barn.
                                                                 June 5th - 6:30pm - 8 pm: Singer Songwriters
                                                               8pm - 9 pm: Showcase group: Riverview Ramblers
                                                                 July 7th - 6:30pm - 8 pm: Singer Songwriters
                                                                     8 pm - 9 pm: Showcase Group: 2Late
                                                               August 6th and September 4th to be announced
                                                                                  Sponsored in part by:
                                                                       ROSE & KIERNAN INSURANCE
                                                                    INSURANCE, SURETY & BENEFIT SERVICES

                                                                 MABEE FARM HISTORIC SITE
               7 Dock Street, Schenectady, NY
                                                                       Route 5s, Rotterdam Junction
                                                                             (518) 887-5073
                                                              www.mabeefarm.org                mabee@nycap.rr.com

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      Schenectady, New York 12305                                    PAID
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                                 The Opening of A Most Beautiful Land…
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