City History

  1. Schenectady's Official Song

    An Official City song written by SCCC instructor of music CLiff Brucker and performed by Amanda Cuthbert and Brendan Donavan.

  2. City of Schenectady Library of Studies

    Access multiple records in this library of studies that includes transit plans, planning and zoning records, and other development plans.

  3. Famous Achievements

    Schenectady is a city rich in history and accomplishment. It was here where Thomas Edison founded what would become the General Electric Company, where George Westinghouse invented the rotary engine and air brakes, and more.

  4. General History: Settlement to 1960

    The area that is now Schenectady was originally the land of the Mohawk tribe of the Iroquois Nation. Dutch settlers arrived in the Hudson Valley in the middle of the 17th century.

  5. Geography & Demographics

    Learn recent historical figures concerning the city's demographics, in addition to its precise location.

  6. Places of Interest

    Learn more about noted places such as Union College, Central Park, Proctor's Theater, and more.

  7. Schenectady Trivia

    Read up on interesting facts and historical moments vital to Schenectady's history.

  8. U.S.S. Schenectady

    The U.S.S. Schenectady was once named at the suggestion of a Schenectady schoolgirl who wrote a letter to the secretary of the navy, asking for the possibility of naming a ship after her hometown.