Edward Baker knew the color green meant spring was on the way. Baker also knew it meant St. Patrick’s Day was coming. He was a member of Schenectady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1968 and was preparing for the group’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party. Others also were planning revelries. Schalmont High School’s “Folksingers” were getting in tune and in voice for a March 30 benefit concert. Still other students were more interested in travel. Schenectady’s branch of the American Association of University Women planned its “college caravan” for boys.
March means a grand gathering for the Irish — members of Schenectady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians planned their annual St. Patrick’s Day party during the late winter of 1968. From left are Edward Baker, Donald Keenan, Mrs. John McCauley and Thomas Murray.
Schalmont High’s “Folksingers” prepare for their benefit concert in March 1968. Guitarists Audrey Fedeli, left, and Mary Schiano are the teachers in tune. Standing directly behind the musicians are, from left, Leah Pendergast (eyes closed) Nancy Van Valkenburgh, Sue Karlewicz, Christine Musella, Debbie Enright and Barbara Astemborski. Standing on the stairs, from left, are Cyn Weisheit, Susan Welsh, Susan Guess and Sandra LaVallee.
Malinda Myers, membership secretary for the Schenectady branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accepts a payment for life membership in the organization from members of Bellevue Reformed Church in 1968. From left are Rev. Fred Baumgardner, church pastor; Merton Neff; and Leonard Jones.
Brian Moore and Joanne Radice get close to modern art in 1968. They were at the Rosendale School art fair on March 11.
Frances Dunn, guidance counselor at Niskayuna High School, discusses the coming “college caravan” trip to upstate colleges in March 1968. Interested students are, from left, Norman Lewis, Dick Van Luik, David Doolittle, Jon Goldstein, Brian Trzaskos and Robert Carle.