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.”
“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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