Where did the name Schenectady come from?

Scene from the New York State Museum

In our latest podcast, Daily Gazette Reporter and SCHS Volunteer, Bill Buell interviews David Cornelius. David is a Native American of Kanien’Kahake (“People of the Flint” and more commonly known as the Mohawk) and Mahicans (also Mohicans) descent. Currently working on his Masters Degree, David has researched, taught, and spoken on the Native People that lived in the area now known as Schenectady. David offers presentations at the Moon and River Cafe and he also acts as an educator in Native American history at our own Mabee Farm for school programs. In this interview, David talks with Bill about the origin of the name “Schenectady” as well as the history of the Native People who lived in this area before the Dutch.

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