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In collaboration with
the Schoharie River Center
Schenectady.doc is an enrichment program for local teens
Schenectady, NY

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Schenectady Community Cultural Documentation Program

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Community Cultural Documentation (CCD)
for Schenectady and the Mohawk Valley

This collaborative program continues (after six-week programs in summer 2011 and summer 2012), throughout the 2012–2013 school year with support from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. New teams have formed for youth ages 14-17 and are meeting weekly at the Schenectady High School.

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are interested in exploring your community’s history and culture, and would like to learn real-life skills of interviewing and video and audio documentation, this program is for you! Paid internships are available to work with staff of the New York Folklore Society and Video instructors. No prior experience necessary. Contact the New York Folklore Society for further information at (518) 346-7008.

CHECK OUT THE PROJECT BLOG to see the results of the participants’ work — in their own voices. You can follow along with them as they uncover some of the most exciting and interesting aspects of Schenectady.

Youth from Schenectady began working in rural Schenectady County in the summer of 2012 and conducted several interviews with traditional artists and local historians about their relationships to the Schoharie Creek at Burtonsville. This program continued into the fall and following spring (2012–2013) within the City of Schenectady with the theme of community foodways. Schenectady teens documented several of the food and festival traditions of urban Schenectady’s communities, including St. Patrick’s Day and the Guyanese Festival of Pagwah. READ Ellen McHale’s description of this program from the Director’s Column, Voices 38-1-2, 2012.

A collaborative project of the New York Folklore Society and the Schoharie River Center,
with support from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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