Schenectady Heritage Foundation
Fostering Historic Preservation in Schenectady County


red and yellow house with blooming treesSchenectady Heritage Foundation is a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to foster historic preservation in Schenectady County. We are registered with the State of NewYork Bureau of Charities as a 501c3 educational corporation.

two people repairing details on a doorLocal preservationists established the Foundation in 1979 to focus solely on historic preservation. The Stockade Association provided initial seed funding. In 2002, we expanded our scope to include all of Schenectady County, collaborating with other historic districts and advocates to further our mission.

The Foundation consists of a board of directors whose members are dedicated to the principles of historic preservation, have expertise in the field, and are committed to advancing these principles.

We aid historic building and neighborhood conservation and rehabilitation through education, advocacy, and financial assistance. We cooperate with local, State and Federal governments, organizations, agencies, and private property owners, leveraging modest financial aid to accomplish our mission.

The Foundation is guided by the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for the treatment of historic properties.The National Park Service administers the U.S. Department of the Interior.

To find out more about these standards, go to:

Werner Feibes was a founder of the Schenectady Heritage Foundation. He passed away on September 16, 2021 after a lifetime of advocating for historic preservation. Donations in memory of Werner may be made by clicking on our “donate” button.