If you're thinking about buying a historic home, and you feel a little unsure about what you might be getting yourself into, then head over to the Schenectady County Historical Society Saturday at 2 p.m. for a Historic Home Buying Seminar.
There are state grants and other incentives available for anyone purchasing an old historic home, and while there are plenty of challenges, the rewards are also substantial. Just check out Schenectady's Stockade Neighborhood and realize what a treasure the place is, and that alone could calm your fears.
But also, listening to people like Matt Smith of the city's Department of Development and the HOMES Schenectady program, Kim Rainey from the Schenectady branch of Saratoga National Bank, and Mary D'Alessandro of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, Realtors, will also help you make an informed decision before you decide to take that step.
The program is free, and will be held at SCHS headquarters at 32 Washington Avenue in Schenectady. For more information call (518) 374-0263, ext. 4, or visit www.schenectadyhistorical.org.
Juneteenth at Vale, CP
The Hamilton Hill Arts Center will host the 19th annual Juneteenth Celebration Friday evening between 6-7:30 p.m. at Vale Celebration, followed by a day-long series of events Saturday at Central Park.
As co-organizer Miki Conn will tell you, it's not just for African-Americans. It's for anyone who values freedom, and this year's event will be held in honor of Ralph Boyd, a wonderful man and early NAACP leader in the Schenectady area who passed away in 2018.
Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., which came a little late to the people of Galveston, Texas. Two months after the end of the Civil War, blacks in certain parts of Texas were still unaware that they were free until Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with 2,000 troops, occupying Texas on behalf of the federal government. His "General Order No. 3" announced the total emancipation of all those held as slaves.
Steinmetz letters at Library
If you haven't discovered yet what a remarkable human being Charles Proteus Steinmetz was, then head over to the Karen B. Johnson Public Library in downtown Schenectady and check out an exhbit of Steinmetz letters and artifacts on display there.
The former GE electrical engineer, known as the "Schenectady Wizard," spent three decades working for the city's major employer. Along with enhancing the role of electricity in the world, Steinmetz also made huge civic contributions, leading the movement to create Central Park and improve the city's school system.
The exhibit, located right at the library doors as you walk inside past the foyer area, was put together by Schenectady County Historical Society Exhibitions and Collections Manager Susanna Fout and City Historian Chris Leonard.