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Commerce and Industry Heritage | Schenectady/Edison

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Commerce and Industry Heritage | Schenectady/Edison

The Capital Region has long been a center for science, technology and industry. 

In the 1800s, Schenectady was a hub for locomotive building and eventually the home of the American Locomotive Company. In 1886 inventor Thomas Edison relocated Edison's Machine Works there. Eventually the company was renamed the General Electric Company and Schenectady became known as "the city that lights and hauls the world."

GE Schenectady is now internationally known for research and engineering as well as innovations in lighting, power generation and alternative energy.

Edison's innovations in particular continue to inspire future generations.

Learn more about the Capital Region's rich industrial heritage at the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady. With hands on exhibits celebrating science invention and imagination, it's a place to experience real moments, real life, and real stories on New York's Path Through History.

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