Bill Buell’s Electric City Archives: Schenectady County Historical Society to hold podcast group

four-time presidential candidate Eugene Debs
four-time presidential candidate Eugene Debs

Looking back at history is often fun and enlightening, but sometimes the past can get pretty complicated. That’s why it’s always a good idea to mull things over with a group of people who also find history fascinating.

At the Schenectady County Historical Society, they’re always looking back at the past, but instead of reading a good book this time around, they’re going to be listening to podcasts. Curator Suzy Fout and librarian/archivist Marietta Carr are coming up with a variety of topics to hold your interest over the next few months, and kicking off the SCHS Podcast Club this month will be “Socialism in America.”

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“Similar to our book clubs, we’ll listen to a selection of podcasts and meet in person to discuss them,” said Carr. “Each month we’ll focus on a different topic and choose podcasts that fit the theme. In our discussions, we’ll explore the topic and look for connections to Schenectady and our local history.”

The in-person discussions will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month beginning with the topic of socialism, including four-time presidential candidate Eugene Debs and Schenectady mayor George R. Lunn. As county historian and the author of a book on Lunn, I will facilitate the first podcast discussion, which will be held Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the historical society at 32 Washington Ave.

The second podcast will be relating to black history and the in-person discussion will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the historical society. Other facilitators and topics will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on the podcasts and to reserve a spot for the Tuesday night discussions, also scheduled for March 22, April 26 and May 24, contact Carr at [email protected] or call (518) 374-0263, option 3.

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