Board Member Profile: John L. Scherer
John Scherer graduated from the New York State University at Albany, SUNY with a BA in history. He later graduated from the Cooperstown Graduate Program with an MA in Museum Studies and American Folklife.
Scherer was Curator of Decorative Arts at the New York State Museum in Albany from 1967 to 2009, and currently serves as Historian Emeritus. He has done numerous exhibits relating to New York furniture and decorative arts, the Shakers, historical prints, musical instruments, and popular entertainment, including the circus and theatre. Scherer has also published extensively on these topics, including five museum catalogs, numerous brochures, and articles in publications like The Connoisseur; The Magazine Antiques; Art and Antiques Magazine, and The New York- Pennsylvania Collector. He continues to lecture on a variety of antiques related topics, and from 1995 to 2009 taught a graduate course on material culture at the University at Albany.
John Scherer has also been Town Historian for the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County since 1978. He was instrumental in setting up a Historic Preservation Commission for the Town and served as its first chairman. He has published four books on Clifton Park history, writes a monthly article on local history for The Community News, a Southern Saratoga County newspaper, and lectures extensively on Clifton Park history. Scherer has also published articles in a variety of genealogical journals. He is Vice President of the Association of Public Historians of New York State and Chairman of the Historical Committee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.