01/08/2018 3:47pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Welcomes New Board Chairperson F. Michael Tucker

ALBANY, NY— January 2018 marks a moment of new leadership at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Board Trustee F. Michael Tucker, elected by the board in November 2017, became the President of the Board of Trustees at the Albany Institute on January 1, 2018. He first joined the Board in 1997. He has served as the museum’s Treasurer and on several committees and is enthusiastic about his new role. He succeeds long-serving chairperson George R. Hearst, III.

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11/16/2017 3:58pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Museum to Host Festive, Fun, and Free Thanksgiving Weekend

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will be decorated and ready to welcome locals and out-of-area guests to the museum for “Home for the Holidays” this Thanksgiving weekend. The popular free admission weekend is one of the kick-off holiday events in the Capital Region. Once again, it will be packed with festive decorations and fun activities that will appeal to the entire family. Major sponsors for the weekend include Omni Development Corporation, Inc. and M&T Bank.

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11/06/2017 3:56pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on November 10 in Observance of Veterans Day

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the galleries on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 10AM–5PM. This free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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10/02/2017 3:53pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Columbus Day

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the galleries on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 10AM–5PM. This free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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09/25/2017 3:51pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Explore Thomas Cole's Transatlantic Career

ALBANY, NY— On Sunday, October 1 at 2pm, Elizabeth Kornhauser will give a special lecture on Thomas Cole’s Transatlantic Career at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Kornhauser is the Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This talk will focus on how the Met’s upcoming exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings will establish Thomas Cole as a major artist of the nineteenth century within a global context. This lecture is open to the public and included with museum admission. It is supported in part by a grant from the Lamplighter Foundation.

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08/01/2017 3:57pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Welcomes New Director of Education

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art has a new Director of Education: Maria Vann.

Maria Vann was the former Director/Chief Curator of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove. Vann has worked for institutions including the Iroquois Indian Museum, New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum, and as an adjunct history professor at SUNY College at Oneonta.

The Albany Institute’s Executive Director Tammis Groft was happy to make the appointment: “Maria brings a wealth of experience to the museum, including ‘best practices’ in museum education, knowledge of New York State history, and strong interests in American art.” 

“I am thrilled to begin work at the Albany Institute of History & Art because of its rich legacy and service to diverse audiences that fosters real connections for visitors to and from the Capital Region,” says Vann. “As a museum educator, I am committed to providing an environment where each visitor can make new and sometimes reflective personal connections and I am excited to support this museum as a community focused site for deep learning and fun.”

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06/19/2017 8:41am by Aine Leader Nagy

2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Award Winners Announced

ALBANY, NY— The 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region is now open at the Albany Institute of History & Art in Albany, New York. It showcases 87 works by 32 artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Albany or Glens Falls, as well as a selection of previous Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase Prize winners to give visitors a sense of the annual exhibition’s legacy. This spring, 268 artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital District and Glens Falls submitted over 600 new works for consideration in the exhibition and the finalists were selected by this year’s juror, Jack Shear. Shear, a photographer, curator, and the President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation brings a long standing commitment to contemporary artists and a strong appreciation of history to this year’s exhibition. His selection of artists reflects his personal vision of a vibrant and thriving art community in this region and he has created opportunities to see in-depth views of each artist’s vision and process. The galleries reflect themes such as nature, photography, sculpture, and abstract figuration.

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04/14/2017 3:32pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Curator from the National Gallery of Art to Speak on 19th Century Landscape Photography

ALBANY, NY—On Sunday, April 30 at 2pm, Diane Waggoner will give a special lecture on 19th century landscape photography at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Waggoner is Curator of 19th-Century Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This talk highlights one of the types of photography currently on view in the exhibition Captured Moments: 170 Years of Photography from the Albany Institute. This lecture is open to the public and included with museum admission.

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03/29/2017 10:43am by Aine Leader Nagy

Sixth Annual Hudson Valley Hops Fundraiser Celebrates Bicentennial of Erie Canal

ALBANY, NY— On Saturday, April 8 from 4PM—7PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the sixth annual Hudson Valley Hops. This fun, regional craft beer tasting event is a fundraiser for the museum and is sponsored by TimesUnion.com/TableHopping. It’s an opportunity for the community to sample the flavors of Capital Region craft brewers, see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection, meet industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass. This year, the fundraiser will toast the bicentennial of the groundbreaking of the original Erie Canal with an Irish Red Ale invitational, an IPA contest, special music, and more. Tickets are available at www.albanyinstitute.org.

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03/03/2017 11:33am by Aine Leader Nagy

Multimedia Art Installation by International Artist Explores Changing Meaning of Wampum

ALBANY, NY— On March 4, the contemporary art exhibition Wampum World: An Art Installation by Renée Ridgway opens at the Albany Institute of History & Art. This multimedia exhibition is an artist’s interpretation of the meaning of wampum from culture to culture and time period to time period. It combines video installations and the artist’s watercolors and collage works with objects that the artist has selected from the museum’s collection of Dutch colonial materials. The exhibition will run from March 4—June 18, 2017. Please note that no physical wampum is displayed in this exhibition.

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02/15/2017 11:54am by Aine Leader Nagy

Collaboration Brings Traveling Exhibition from The Schomburg Center to Albany

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art is partnering with the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. (AACCCR), the Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce, and the JAFJR Community Foundation to host a traveling panel exhibition created and curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library. This panel exhibition will be displayed in a public space on the third floor atrium of the Albany Institute of History & Art from February 11-March 26, 2017. There will be no admission fee to see this exhibition. 

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02/06/2017 12:36pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Rock & Roll Photography Exhibition Closes with Special Concert by School of Rock

ALBANY, NY— Students from the School of Rock will be at the Albany Institute of History & Art for a special concert on Sunday, February 12, 2017, the last day of the exhibition Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron. They will honor the photography of Patrick Harbron with a performance that highlights some of the many musical acts he has photographed over his illustrious career. The concert will be at 2pm and is free and open to the public. Standard admission rates will be in effect to visit the galleries.

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02/01/2017 10:39am by Aine Leader Nagy

Have a Rockin' Friday Night at the Museum

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art invites families to a free, family-friendly rock and roll event at the museum on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5-8pm. Rock Out! is perfect for all ages and is inspired by the current exhibition Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron. This event is free and open to the public.

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01/17/2017 12:41pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Percussion Workshop Invites Families to Make Music at Museum

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art invites families to a special workshop “Introduction to the World of Percussion and Rhythm” at the museum on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1pm. Percussionist Brian Melick will lead participants in an exciting exploration of over 40 different types of drums. Visitors will learn about the history of percussion instruments and how they vary around the world.

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12/13/2016 1:13pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Magical Miniature Scenes by Award-Winning Hudson Valley Author-Illustrator on View at Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY—Ten miniature dioramas by the award-willing children’s book author/illustrator Joan Steiner (1943-2010) are on view in the exhibit I Spy with My Little Eye: Joan Steiner’s Look-Alikes ® at the Albany Institute of History & Art through January 2017. These meticulously crafted scenes were created from everyday objects and edible treats, and photographed for Steiner’s Look-Alikes ® books, which have been translated into sixteen languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide.

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11/21/2016 2:47pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Museum to Host Festive, Fun, and Free Thanksgiving Weekend

ALBANY, NEW YORK— The Albany Institute of History & Art will be decorated and ready to welcome locals and out-of-area guests to the museum for “Home for the Holidays” this Thanksgiving weekend. The museum, which in the past has hosted holiday-themed events such as the beloved Festival of Trees, rekindled that holiday spirit in 2014 with a three-day extravaganza of holiday programs, specialty vendors, and of course, trees. This year, the free admission weekend is once again packed with festive activities that will appeal to the entire family.

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11/10/2016 9:44am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Veterans Day

ALBANY, NEW YORK —The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10AM—5PM. This free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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11/01/2016 1:16pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Special Night to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Election of Daniel Button

ALBANY, NEW YORK— In 1966, Daniel E. Button (November 1, 1917-March 7, 2009) did the political impossible and beat the Democratic Machine in a bid for Albany’s Congressional seat. Now, fifty years later, the historic victory is the focus of a special night of activities at the Albany Institute of History & Art. In conjunction with the Times Union, on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:30-7:30pm, the Albany Institute will have a small reception, display a pop-up exhibition called “Dan Button: Victory!”, and host guests who will reflect on this anniversary, including author William Kennedy. This event is free to attend but requires advance registration.

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10/17/2016 1:18pm by Aine Leader Nagy

New Photography Exhibition Focuses on Classic Rock Legends

ALBANY, NEW YORK— Hudson Valley and New York City resident Patrick Harbron began his career photographing the luminaries of rock and roll. Rock and Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron is an exhibition taken from Harbron’s body of concert and portrait photography of influential musicians and groups of the 1970’s and 1980’s, captured at pivotal moments in their careers. Over 70 prints are paired with the artist’s personal collection of concert posters, tickets, press passes, collectibles, and camera equipment. In addition, a selection of important guitars are on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The exhibition is on view at the Albany Institute of History & Art from November 5, 2016— February 12, 2017. Major sponsorship is provided by Bank of America.

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09/16/2016 3:37pm by Aine Leader Nagy

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art in Albany, New York is pleased to announce The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, on view from October 1 through December 31, 2016.

Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply—a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of the river, a seat of corporate power. When looking at the 43 chairs selected for The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, however, there is much more to see than simple pieces of furniture. Developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C, these works of art have compelling stories to tell about our national history, the evolution of American design and incredible artistry and craftsmanship.

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07/08/2016 8:27am by Aine Leader Nagy

Exhibition Offers Rare View of Delicate Paper Collections

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art continues celebrating its 225th anniversary with the new exhibition, Masterworks: Paper, on view through October 16.  This exhibition showcases more than 150 rarely seen items from the Albany Institute’s library and museum collections that span more than three centuries. Sharing in common the medium of paper and close ties to Albany and the Capital Region, the objects in Masterworks: Paper illustrate diverse and eclectic themes, and tell stories that represent the personal and intimate as well as the historical and panoramic.

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06/27/2016 11:41am by Aine Leader Nagy

New Exhibition Highlights Alexander Hamilton's Albany Connections

ALBANY, NY— One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was a brilliant politician-lawyer who served as an indispensable aide to George Washington during and after the American Revolution. Among his many achievements, Hamilton is credited with creating the financial system of the United States, and was the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. The current Broadway musical sensation Hamilton has sparked an interest in the man on the $10 bill. The Albany Institute of History & Art’s new exhibition, Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton, highlights Hamilton’s connections to Albany, New York through personal papers, family heirlooms, historic preservation efforts, and a stunning portrait painted by Albany’s own Ezra Ames (1768—1836). This exhibition draws from the Albany Institute’s collection as well as from Union College Permanent Collection; John G. Waite Associates, Architects; and Fort Ticonderoga. The exhibition runs from June 22 through December 31, 2016.

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12/17/2015 2:02pm by Aine Leader Nagy

America's First Christmas Card on View at Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY— This Christmas season, be sure to come to the Albany Institute of History & Art to see America’s first commercially printed Christmas card. Printed in Albany around 1850, the card is on loan to the Albany Institute from the Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections in England as part of The Capital Region in 50 Objects exhibition. This is the only known copy of the card to survive and this is the first time the card has been on view in the United States.

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11/23/2015 1:56pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Museum to Host Festive, Fun, and Free Thanksgiving Weekend

ALBANY, NEW YORK— The Albany Institute of History & Art will be decorated and ready to welcome locals and out-of-area guests to the museum for “Home for the Holidays” this Thanksgiving weekend. The museum, which in the past has hosted holiday-themed events such as the beloved Festival of Trees, rekindled that holiday spirit in 2014 with a three-day extravaganza of holiday programs, specialty vendors, and of course, trees. This year, the free admission weekend is once again packed with festive activities that will appeal to the entire family.

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11/04/2015 2:15pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Veterans Day

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the museum on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 10AM–5PM. This free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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11/04/2015 1:59pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art to Host Work of Art Fundraiser on November 18

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will host the fourth annual Work of Art fundraiser on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5–8PM.

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11/03/2015 2:39pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Mummy Birthday

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art invites families in the Capital Region to celebrate the 106th anniversary of the arrival of the Albany Institute’s mummies by coming to the museum for a day of fun! Families will sample delicious birthday treats, learn about the mummification process, and discover fascinating stories about Ancient Egypt. In addition, there will also be face painting! This event will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 12–4:30PM and is free with museum admission. 

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10/13/2015 11:26am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host William Kennedy & Michael Oatman for Discussion About Creativity

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to host William Kennedy and Michael Oatman for a discussion “About Creativity” on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2pm. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Oatman, an artist, curator, and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, are highly regarded for their creativity and their contributions to the Capital Region’s rich art and literary environment. Kennedy and Oatman will talk about the creative process and how they have used the Capital Region as inspiration and basis for their work. This program is free and open to the public. Tickets for seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis on October 18. 

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10/07/2015 1:15pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Free Reading & Discussion Series about Abraham Lincoln

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to host a reading and discussion series that will explore the rhetoric, political skill, and moral transformation of the United States’ sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches is a six-part weekly series that will meet at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Thursday evenings at 6PM from October 15 through November 19, 2015. This series is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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10/05/2015 1:11pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Columbus Day

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer FREE admission to the museum on Monday, October 12, 2015 from 10AM-5PM. This Holiday Monday free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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09/15/2015 12:49pm by Aine Leader Nagy

New Exhibition Explores Capital Region History Through 50 Objects

ALBANY, NY—It’s not often that you see a video game and a chamber pot together in an exhibition. It’s even more unusual when both are highlighted as historic artifacts. But the Capital Region of New York has such a varied history that this pairing, along with forty-eight other items, will come together at the Albany Institute of History & Art to tell their stories in The Capital Region in 50 Objects. This collaborative exhibition was developed in partnership with area historic organizations and public input. The Capital Region in 50 Objects will open at the Albany Institute on September 19, 2015 and will run through April 3, 2016.

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07/31/2015 10:03am by Aine Leader Nagy

Anaglyph Exhibition to Open at Albany Institute of History & Art on August 15

ALBANY, NY—Audience is central to Eric Egas’ work with anaglyphs. Anaglyphs, which are three-dimensional stereoscopic images, trick the eye into seeing depth with 3D glasses. Egas’ compositions coax onlookers to participate and enter into spaces created by his oversized printed photographs. His focus on anaglyphs evolved from his work with installations that enclosed the viewer within multiple changing images to evoke imaginary worlds between dream and memory. Seeing Double: The Anaglyphs of Eric Egas is his first anaglyph exhibition of this size in the United States. Seeing Double will open at the Albany Institute of History & Art on August 15, 2015 and will run through October 25, 2015.

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07/08/2015 12:22pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Free Lecture on 'Van Gogh and Nature'

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to host the annual Clark Art Institute Lecture on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6PM. This program is a popular and long-standing summer tradition at the museum. It is free and open to the public as part of the Albany Institute’s free evening hours, which are held each Thursday from 5-8PM. Traditionally, this lecture has been very popular, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat.

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06/24/2015 11:21am by Aine Leader Nagy

Online Exhibition Provides Access and Context to Famous Hudson River School Movement

ALBANY, NY— “What is the Hudson River School?” is the frequently asked question that prompted the Albany Institute of History & Art to present the exhibition The Making of the Hudson River School: More than the Eye Beholds in 2013. Popular with Capital Region residents and tourists alike, the exhibition featured 96 works from the Albany Institute’s collection of Hudson River School paintings, drawings, prints, and historical documents, along with 38 works from several private collections that had not been shown before in a public exhibition. This exhibition, which highlights such a key component of New York State’s history and the history of American art, has been digitized and is now available as the museum’s first online exhibition, bringing the story of the Hudson River School to greater audiences.

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06/03/2015 8:13am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Author Bruce Dearstyne to Talk About The Spirit of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK— The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to host historian Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne for a lecture and book signing on Sunday, June 7 at 2PM for his recently published book The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History. This lecture is open to the public and is free with museum admission. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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06/02/2015 11:58am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Honor Elizabeth Sonneborn at 2015 Museum Gala

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art will host its biggest event of the year, the 2015 Museum Gala, on the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2015. The Board of Trustees of the Albany Institute is dedicating this year’s gala to Elizabeth “Betty” Sonneborn for her lifelong support of arts institutions in Albany. Sonneborn has volunteered at the Albany Institute of History & Art since 1940. She joined the Board of Trustees in 1978. Her mother, Bessie Aufsesser, was a devoted member of the Institute’s board before her.

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05/21/2015 3:45pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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05/07/2015 3:48pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Summer Art Programs for Children

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art will present a series of summer art programs for children ages 3-5 and 6-12. These programs explore a variety of different mediums and themes and participants are encouraged to apply what they learn from the programs to create their own works of art throughout the summer. Scholarships may be available, so please inquire by contacting Barbara Collins at (518) 463-4478, ext. 405 or collinsb@albanyinstitute.org.

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04/24/2015 9:48am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Receives Highest National Recognition

ALBANY, NY— The Albany Institute of History & Art has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Albany Institute has been accredited since 1980. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review every ten years to maintain accredited status.

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03/30/2015 3:13pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Hudson Valley Hops is Brewed in History and Full of Local Flavor

ALBANY, NY—On Saturday, April 18 from 4PM-7PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the fourth annual Hudson Valley Hops. This fun, regional craft beer and cider tasting and fundraiser for the museum is sponsored by TimesUnion.com/TableHopping. It’s an opportunity for the community to see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection, hear from industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass. Special this year, there will be a one-time tasting of Chatham Brewing’s “Albany Institute Ale”, which was brewed exclusively for this event!

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03/24/2015 10:45am by Aine Leader Nagy

New Exhibition Explores Walter Launt Palmer's Life, Travels, and Artistic Interests

ALBANY, NY— Artist Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932), the son of Albany sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, has enjoyed a revival of interest in the art world over the last several years. It’s now common to see his paintings in art magazines and at major auctions across the country, bringing record prices for his oils and watercolors. As an artist who preferred living and working in his home community of Albany, rather than New York City, Palmer carried forward the creative genius that emerged in the region generations earlier with the Hudson River School and his father’s own sculpture. The Albany Institute holds one of the largest public collections of work by Walter Launt Palmer, including oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, and drawings, as well as letters and photographs. The exhibition, Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment, presents for the first time in more than a decade the broad range of Palmer’s work, offering a visual overview of his life, travels, and artistic interests.

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03/20/2015 8:36am by Aine Leader Nagy

Am I On? Open Mic Program to Collect and Document Albany's History

ALBANY, NY— This spring, the Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) invites the public to share personal stories that relate to the history of Albany. PASt partners will host a series of eight, open-mic story-telling events. Storytellers sign up on a first-come, first-tell basis one hour prior to the event and have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library.

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01/22/2015 3:00pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Three Baseball Exhibitions to Open at the Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY– Opening day comes early to the Capital Region as the Albany Institute of History & Art presents Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute. Triple Play! consists of three exhibitions celebrating the history of baseball and each contains nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. In addition, there is an exciting roster of related events with guest speakers, family activity days, creative contests, and free admission opportunities.

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12/02/2014 2:39pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Advance Release Party for New Edition of Capitol Story

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to announce that it will host an advance, pre-publication release party to celebrate the new edition of Capitol Story by C. R. Roseberry on Thursday, December 4 from 5:30–7:30PM. Capitol Story explores the history of the New York State Capitol– from its politically charged construction and the destructive fire of 1911 and through its recent restoration. It is a fascinating chronicle of the people involved in this remarkable architectural feat and the new edition ties its history to the present day. This edition includes revisions and additional research by the New York State Office of General Services, a new chapter by Diana S. Waite, exquisite new photography by Gary David Gold, and a foreword by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. This is the third edition of the classic book, first published in 1964, and it was published by SUNY Press in cooperation with the Albany Institute of History & Art and Mount Ida Press. The project was spearheaded by the New York State Office of General Services.

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12/01/2014 10:16am by Aine Leader Nagy

Archaeologist to Provide Insight into Albany Mansion's History of Slavery at Special Lecture

ALBANY, NEW YORK- Recent excavations and research on the grounds of Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany have revealed outbuildings likely used as summer kitchens and/or slave quarters. On Sunday, December 7 at 2PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host Matthew J. Kirk, Principal Investigator and Cultural Resource Specialist at Hartgen Archeological Associates, for a special lecture focused on these findings and the insight they provide into slave/master relationships shortly before abolition. They suggest we reconsider our modern concepts of slavery in the north at the end of the eighteenth century. This lecture is part of the museum’s Making it American lecture series and is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt). This event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

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11/19/2014 2:35pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Museum to Host Festive, Fun, and Free Thanksgiving Weekend

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art will be decorated and ready to welcome locals and out-of-area guests to the museum for their “Home for the Holidays” event this Thanksgiving weekend. The museum, which in the past has hosted holiday-themed events such as the beloved Festival of Trees, is rekindling that holiday spirit with a three-day extravaganza of holiday programs, specialty vendors, and of course, trees. Home for the Holidays is sponsored by Times Union.

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11/11/2014 12:56pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Egyptologist to Discuss New Research About Women and Power in the Ancient World

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to host internationally known Egyptologist and author Kara Cooney for a special lecture about Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Kara Cooney is Associate Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. Her new book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, draws from the latest field research to fill in the gaps of what we know about the famous pharaoh and explore the obstacles that faced women who sought power and prestige in a society that equated authority with masculinity. Cooney will be available to sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. This lecture and book signing will take place on Sunday, November 16 at 2PM. It is open to the public and free with museum admission.

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10/27/2014 8:24am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute Asks Community to Help Decorate Museum for Thanksgiving Weekend

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art is asking community members to help the museum get ready, and decorated, for their upcoming free Thanksgiving weekend event they are calling “Home for the Holidays.” The museum, which in the past has hosted holiday-themed events such as the beloved Festival of Trees, is rekindling that holiday spirit with this three-day extravaganza of holiday programs, specialty vendors, food, and of course, trees.

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10/22/2014 8:21am by Aine Leader Nagy

Special Thomas Cole Exhibition to Pair with November Lecture Event

ALBANY, NEW YORK- The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to announce that it will install a special exhibition of Thomas Cole materials to coincide with Dr. Paul Schweizer’s lecture and book signing at the Albany Institute on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 2PM. Dr. Schweizer is Director Emeritus of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute’s Museum of Art and will speak about his new book Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life as part of the Institute’s Making it American lecture series. The Albany Institute owns Cole’s original oil studies for the Voyage of Life series as well as the first concept drawing for his painting, “Youth.” This event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

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10/02/2014 3:18pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Historic Textile Exhibition to Open at Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY- In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. Politics, international trade, social events, religion, and cultural affairs come alive in the elaborate designs and patterns displayed on American quilts, coverlets, and bed hangings.

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09/26/2014 3:26pm by Aine Leader Nagy

2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Award Winners Announced

ALBANY, NY- The 2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region is now open at the Albany Institute of History & Art in Albany, New York. It showcases 142 words by 75 artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Albany or Glens Falls.

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06/18/2014 1:55pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Troy Students Present Mayor with Book Arts

TROY, NY- Approximately 650 Troy City School District students from five elementary schools and Troy Middle School have authored books entitled "Describing Your City." Twenty-one books will be presented to Troy Mayor, Lou Rosamilia, on Friday, June 20th at 9:00am as the culmination of the year-long Book Arts program. The Mayor will display the students' work in City Hall.

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06/10/2014 2:20pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Author Eric Bryant for Talk about Capital Region Golf History

ALBANY, NY– On Thursday, June 12, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host a local author, Eric Bryant for a lecture about his book, Bogies and Billygoats: A History of the Albany Municipal Golf Course. The lecture will begin at 6PM and is free and open to the public as part of the Albany Institute’s Evening at the Institute initiative, where admission to the museum is free on Thursdays from 5PM-8PM.

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05/28/2014 2:13pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Honor E. Stewart & Kimberly Jones at 2014 Museum Gala

ALBANY, NY– The Albany Institute of History & Art will host its biggest event of the year, the 2014 Museum Gala, on Friday, June 6, 2014. The Board of Trustees of the Albany Institute is dedicating this year’s gala to Kimberly and E. Stewart Jones for their philanthropic support of our community.  

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05/27/2014 2:10pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Presidential Biographer Will Swift for Lecture about Nixons

ALBANY, NY– On Sunday, June 1, 2014 the Albany Institute of History & Art will host a lecture and book signing with author Will Swift about his book Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage (Threshold Editions, 2014). The lecture will begin at 2PM and is free with museum admission. This event is organized by the museum shop. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the shop.

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05/12/2014 2:07pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Garden Club of America Flower Show

ALBANY,NY- The Fort Orange Garden Club invites guests of all ages to see “Fine Points”, a Garden Club of America Flower Show at the Albany Institute of History & Art on May 21 and May 22, 2014. The Fort Orange Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, presents the two day event which will demonstrate the area’s finest talents in horticulture and floral design. There will be free admission to the museum and the flower show on Wednesday, May 21 from 3PM-5PM and Thursday, May 22 from 10AM-8PM.   

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05/05/2014 2:03pm by Aine Leader Nagy

"It's a Wrap!" Family Festival Celebrates Closing of Ancient Egyptian Exhibition

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of HIstory & Art invites families in the capital region to an upcoming family festival, It's a Wrap! GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies Closing Celebration. This day of engaging and exciting activities will take place at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from Noon-5PM. The museums has planned a purr-fect day of exploration of animals in ancient Egypt. There will be storytelling related to the animals of ancient Egypt, face painting, and hands-on animal-inspired art-making. Join us as we enjoy the last days of this remarkable exhibition!

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05/01/2014 9:42am by Aine Leader Nagy

New Contemporary Art Exhibition to Open at Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY- On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the Albany Institute of History & ARt will open Small and Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute's Collection, a new exhibition in a series to highlight its contemporary art collection. The exhibition will run from May 3 until September 28, 2014. It features fifty paintings and sculptures of smaller proportions by some of the Upper Hudson Valley's most ingenious and talented artists.

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04/22/2014 1:38pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Free Writing Workshop with Writer and Columnist Diane Cameron

ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, May 8, the Albany Institute of HIstory & Art will host award winning area writer and columnist Diane Cameron for an inspiring workshop on how to start your own writing project. Diance Cameron is a popular motivational speaker and the author of Looking for Signs, a collection of essays and columns. This event will take place at 6PM and is free and open to the public as part of the Institute's Evening at the Institute initiative.

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04/21/2014 9:35am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Summer Art Programs for Children

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will present a series of summer art programs for children ages 3-5 and 6-12. These programs explore a variety of different mediums and themes and participants are encouraged to apply what they learn from the programs to create their own works of art throughout the summer. Scholarships may be available, so please inquire by contacting Barbara Collins at (518) 463-4478, ext. 405 or collinsb@albanyinstitute.org.

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04/20/2014 1:14pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Local Photographers Nancy and Anton de Flon for Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, April 27, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host regional photographers Nancy and Anton de Flon for a lecture and book signing about their book, Historic Hudson Valley. Explore the history, architecture, landscapes, and landmarks of the Hudson Valley and go on a stunning visual journey that includes some of the same pastoral scenes Hudson River School painters found so inspiring in the nineteenth century. This event will take place at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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03/27/2014 9:02am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Egyptologist Salima Ikram for Lecture on Mummifying Animals in Ancient Egypt

ALBANY, NY- On Friday, April 11, 2014, Salima Ikram, Egyptology Unit Head and Professor of Egyptology at the American University Cairo, will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Ikram will present the different types of animal mummies (food, pets, votive offerings, sacred creatures) and explain how they were made, the reasons for making them, as well as the theological and aesthetic decisions that went into their "packaging." She will also discuss how animal mummies reflect the ways in which the ancient Egyptians interacted with the animal world, and how they influence our views of the ancient Egyptians. This lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 6PM and is free with museum admission. The museum galleries will be open from 10AM-6PM on Friday, April 11 to accommodate lecture attendees. Space is limited and guests are asked to arrive early and secure their seat by getting a ticket at the front desk.

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03/24/2014 2:33pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney for Free Lecture Event

ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, April 2, join the fun at the Albany Institute of History & Art as local authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney discuss the history of stereography, share their amazing images of the magnificent works of art on the Empire State Plaza, and lead a brief workshop on "free viewing" in 3D. This event will take place at 6PM and is free and open to the public as part of the Institute's Evening at the Institute initiative.

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03/20/2014 2:37pm by Aine Leader Nagy

TimesUnion.com/TableHopping Presents Hudson Valley Hops 2014

ALBANY, NY- On Saturday, April 12 from 4PM-7PM, the TimesUnion.com/TableHopping and the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the third annual Hudson Valley Hops. This event is a celebration of the strong history of brewing in Albany and today's craft beer industry. Guests can sample the finest local craft beers, hear talks by beer historians and brewery experts, enjoy tasty food, and take home a commemorative glass. There will also be a special exhibition with artifacts that tell the history of brewing in Albany and the capital region. Historic photographs, advertisements, and packaging from local brewers will be on view for this event.

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03/18/2014 12:00pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Children's Terrarium Workshops with Fort Orange Garden Club

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, March 23, children ages 5-17 and their adult companions are invited to come to the Albany Institute of History & Art for a terrarium workshop presented by the Fort Orange Garden Club. (Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult). Participants will make a tarrarium scene with ferns and moss. All materials will be provided and participants are welcome to bring some favorite rocks and plastic figures to enhance their terrariums. These completed terrariums will be eligible for entry into the Fort Orange Garden Club Flower Show that will be held at the Albany Institute on May 21, 2014.

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03/13/2014 11:01am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Author Susan Gillotti for Lecture & Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, March 23, the Albany Institute of HIstory & Art will host author Susan Gillotti for a lecture about her book Women of Privilege: 100 years of Love & Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley. In her book, Gillotti recounts the story of three generations of the women as Grasmere, a country estate along the Hudson River in Rhinebeck. Gillotti's grandparents and great-grandparents were neighbors of the Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts, and despit their wealth and patrician life style, suffered with issues of mental health and addictions. This event will take place at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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03/11/2014 11:36am by Aine Leader Nagy

Musical Coffins: Reuse in the 21st Dynasty Lecture with Egyptologist Kara Cooney

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, March 23, Kara Cooney, Associate Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at ACLA, will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Cooney will describe how elite men and women of Egypt's 21st Dynasty, wishing to be buried in style, often usurped the coffins of people buried in earlier dynasties, turned out their former inhabitants, and altered, repainted, and re-styled the coffin. She has found a 21st Dynasty re-use rate as high as 70%, with some coffins seeming to have multiple owners. Cooney will address the question of community coffins and describe how ancient Egyptian craftsmen began specializing in renovating and re-modifying this essential possession for a happy after lie. This lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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03/07/2014 4:40pm by Aine Leader Nagy

An Evening with Jane Austen: Talk and Tea

ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, March 13, enjoy the ambiance of the historic Rice House while you sip tea and celebrate the world of Jane Austen. Guest speaker, David Shapard, will share fascinating facts about the clothing, architecture, landscapes, homes, and gardens in Austen's novels, and will answer your most pressing questions. This event will take place at 6PM and is free and open to the public as part of the Institute's Evenings at the Institute initiative.

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02/27/2014 11:22am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Contemporary Artists for Special Gallery Talk

ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, February 27, 2014, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host a special gallery talk with some of the artists featured in the exhibition BIG + BOLG: Contemporary Paintings, Collage, and Sculpture from the Albany Institute's Collection. Artists such as Marcia Clark, Abraham Ferraro, David Miller, Chester Rose, Thomas Sarrantonio, Susan Stuart, and Leigh Wen will share their insights and discuss the role of contemporary art at the Albany Institute of History & Art. The program starts at 6PM. This event is free and open to the public as part of the Institute's Evening at the Institute initiative where the museum is open for free from 5PM-8PM on Thursday nights. 

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02/13/2014 2:16pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Historic Punch Recipes Featured at Potent Potables Event at Albany Institute

ALBANY, NY- On Wednesday, February 26 from 6PM-8PM, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host Potent Potables, which will highlight historic punch recipes and showcase punch bowls from the museum's collection. The event, which is hosted by the Albany Institute's Special Events Committee, costs $25 per person to attend and participants must be 21 and over (ID required). Featured punches include Champagne Punch, Cherry Bounce, Lime Rub Shrub, Pumpelly Punch Punch, and Regents Punch. Reservations for Potent Potables can be made by calling (518) 463-4478 ext. 412 or online at www.albanyinstitute.org.

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02/10/2014 10:32am by Aine Leader Nagy

Have a BIG + BOLD School Vacation at the Albany Institute

ALBANY, NY- Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend their week off from school on a Big + Bold art exploration adventure at the Albany Institute of History & Art. This three-day Vacation Art Break will spark creativity and excitement in participants and expose them to contemporary art and artists. The program runs from Tuesday, February 18 through Thursday, February 20 from 9AM-Noon.

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01/31/2014 11:54am by Aine Leader Nagy

Draw Like an Egyptian: Artistic Conventions in Ancient Egypt

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Miranda Hartwig, Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University will present a lecture in association with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Hartwig will explore how ancient Egyptian artistic conventions reflected their world view. She will examine the way Egyptians constructed the human form, and address their practical solution to the complex problem: how do you draw a figure that conveys both power and meaning? This lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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01/30/2014 11:13am by Aine Leader Nagy

Program to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Beatles in New York

ALBANY, NY- A special program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles in New York will take place on Friday, February 7 at 7PM at the Albany Institute of History & Art. It is produced by the Empire State Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

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01/27/2014 4:57pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Partners with Google Cultural Institute

ALBANY (January 27th, 2014)- The Albany Institute of History & Art announced today it will join over 400 existing onlin art collections through its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, a collaboration between Google and acclaimed art partners from across more than 50 countries that work to preserve and promote culture online.

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01/14/2014 4:54pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Pyramids, Mummies, and Magic with Egyptologist Lanny Bell

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Lanny Bell, Associate Professor Emeriturs of Egyptology at the Univeristy of Chicago and Visiting Researcher in Egyptology at Brown University, will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Bell's examination of the way the ancient Egyptians faced the all-too-familiar problem of death will reveal that, rather than being obsessed with death, they were obsessed with life. At the same time they looked forward to an eternal existence. Bell will share how the Egyptians' preparations for death reveal their association of three fundamental characteristics of ancient Egyptian culture: pyramids, mummies, and works of art deposited as grave goods. The lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 2PM and is free with museum admission. It is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

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01/14/2014 4:48pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer FREE admission to the museum on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 10AM-5PM. Gallery Tours will take place at 1PM and 3:30PM. This Holiday Monday free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank. [Please note: LEGO Building Challenge will also be offered, but for a registration fee of $5 per person. Learn more online.]

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01/02/2014 10:56am by Aine Leader Nagy

Ankhefenmut: From Temple to Museum with Egyptologist Bob Brier

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, January 12, 2014, Dr. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. The Egyptians mummified for nearly 3,000 years, and the process changed over the centuries. Brier will describe the various phases of mummification and exactly what was done to the mummy of Ankhefenmut, the 21st Dynasty mummy in the Albany Institute's collection. He will also share what was discovered from the study of Ankhefenmut's mummy and what future discoveries are possible from the study of mummies. The lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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12/10/2013 10:02am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Legendary Newspaperman and Author Harry Rosenfeld for a Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will host famed newspaperman and Albany Times Union editor at large, Harry Rosenfeld, for a lecture about his recent book, From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman on Sunday, December 15 at 2PM. Rosenfeld will recount some of the most compelling moments of his life, from his childhood in Hitler's Berlin, to his years at the Washington Post. After the lecture, Rosenfeld will be available to answer questions about the historic events he witnesses and he will also sign copies of his book. The lecture and book signing is organized by the Museum Shop at the Albany Institute of History & Art and is free with museum admission.

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11/27/2013 12:58pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute Adds Rosetta Stone Replica to Exhibition

ALBANY, NY- Thanks to a generous donation by Excelsior College, the Albany Institute of History & Art has added a full-size replica of the famous Rosetta Stone to the exhibition, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies. The exhibition explores how the Albany Institute acquired two mummies as part of their collection in the early twentieth-century and the story of the Rosetta Stone helps contextualize the Western world's understanding of Ancient Egypt.

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11/26/2013 9:49am by Aine Leader Nagy

Reading Ancient Lives: Translating Hieroglyphs Lecture with Egyptologist Joyce Haynes

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Mr. Joyce Haynes, consulting Egyptologist, will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Present: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Haynes will share her fascinating investigation into the heiroglyphs and illustrated panels on the coffin, mummy board, and lid of the Albany Institute of History & Art's featured mummy, Ankhefenmut. By reading the hieroglyphs and decoding the illustrations, she had been able to tell the Albany Institute who Ankhefenmut was, what he did in his lifetime, and how he prepared for the afterlife. The lecture will take place at the Albany Institute at 2PM and is free with museum admission.

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11/07/2013 3:28pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Ancient Egypt and Its Influence Lecture with Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio

ALBANY, NY- On Sunday, November 17, 2013, Ms. Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, the Director of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica, New York will present a lecture in conjunction with GE. Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. With the promise to serve the dead in their eternal life, ancient Egyptian artworks have mystified Western artists for centuries. Major historic events mark Westerner's affair with Egyptian culture- Napoleon's campaigns from 1798-1801, the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, and the relocation of the Egyptian obelisks, such as "Cleopatra's Needles" in London in 1878 and New York City's Central Park obelisk in 1881. When King Tut's tomb was opened in 1922, the obsession with all-things-Egyptian exploded. Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio will track these events and illuminate their continued influence on Western culture. This lecture will take place at the Albany Institute and is free with museum admission.

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11/04/2013 10:19am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Veteran's Day

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer FREE admission to the museum on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 10AM-5PM. Gallery Talks will take place at 11AM and 2PM and there will be Drop-In Art Making in the art studio from 10AM-4:30PM. This Holiday Monday free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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11/04/2013 10:01am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Announces its Mummy Birthday Family Program

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art invites families in the capital region to come celebrate the 104th anniversary of the arrival of our mummies! This day full of engaging and stimulating activities will take place at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from Noon to 5PM. Families will sample delicious birthday treats, learn about the mummification process, and explore science with the "Having Fun with Pyramids and Pharaohs" program. In addition, there will be face painting and a visit by Mummy Ankhefenmut himself! The refreshments have been generously donated by Crisan Bakery & Edible Art. This event was sponsored by Tabder, Ryan & Keniry.

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10/31/2013 3:21pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute Opens Contemporary Art Exhibition in Renovated Gallery

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art just opened a new exhibition, Big and Bold: Contemporary Art from the Albany Institute's Collection, sponsored by Omni Development Company, Inc. The show will run until March 2, 2014. The exhibition includes 19 works by 19 artists, including paintings, collage, mixed media and sculpture and draws from the Albany Institute's collection of over 350 works of contemporary art. Big and Bold showcases pieces that are large in size, bold in color, and have commanding presence. It is the first exhibition in the Institute's newly renovated Lansing Gallery.

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10/28/2013 3:30pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Radio Personality Chuck D'Imperio for Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will host well-known radio personality, Chuck D'Imperio for a lecture about his books, Monumental New York!: A Guide to the 20 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York and Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. D'Imperio will share his enthusiasm for New York State history and the many unusual museums and iconic monuments that can be found on the "road less traveled." This lecture and book signing is organized by the Museum Shop at the Albany Institute of History & Art and is free with museum admission.

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10/16/2013 10:42am by Aine Leader Nagy

Amenhotep's Mask and His Book of the Dead Lecture with MET Associate Curator Nicholas Reeves

ALBANY, NY- On October 27, 2013, Mr. Nicholas Reeves, the Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will present a lecture in conjunction with the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition. Based on research conducted in England, Egypt, and the United States, Reeves will explain how he used nineteenth-century manuscripts, digital photography, x-rays of coffins, and fragments of funerary texts to connect the dispersed burial objects of the Overseer of the Builders of Amun, Amenhotep. Some of the pieces Reeves used in his research are currently on view in the GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition at the Albany Institute of History & Art. The lecture will take place at the Albany Institute and is free with museum admission.

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10/11/2013 9:30am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute of History & Art Announces its Egyptian for a Day Family Program

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art invites families in the capital region to an upcoming family program: Egyptian for a Day. This day full of engaging and exciting activities will take place at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from Noon-5PM. Participating families will be able to try on ancient Egyptian style clothing and head pieces, learn about ancient musical instruments, experiment with spinning and dyeing fibers, and make jewelry. In addition to the hands-on activities, there will also be Egyptian styled music and refreshments. Zafer Tawil will demonstrate and perform music at 1PM and 3PM. Refreshments have been generously donated by A Better Bite, New York Style Deli.

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10/10/2013 10:40am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Offer Free Admission on Columbus Day

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer FREE admission to the museum on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 10AM-5PM. Gallery Talks will take place at 11AM and 2PM and there will be Drop-In Art Making in the art studio from 10AM-4:30PM. This Holiday Monday free admission day is sponsored by M&T Bank.

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10/03/2013 12:40pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Author L. Lloyd Stewart for Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will host local historian and author, L. Lloyd Stewart for a lecture about his book The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820: The Van Vranken Family and Other "Free" Families of African Descent in Washington County on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2PM. Stewart will discuss his extensively researched and documented new book and relate the little known story of the mass migration of African Americans to Washington County during the early nineteenth century. After Stewart's lecture, he will be available to answer questions and sign copies of his book. This lecture and book signing is organized by the Museum Shop at the Albany Institute of History & Art and is free with museum admission.

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10/01/2013 3:12pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Author Lynn Esmay for Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will host local researcher and historian Lynn Esmay for a lecture about her book Lady of Yaddo: The Gilded Age Memoir of Katrina Trask on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6PM. Esmay will share her insights into the tumultuous personal life of Katrina Trask, the port and gilded age socialite who founded Yaddo, the famous artist retreat, on her county estate in Saratoga Springs, NY. After the lecture, Esmay will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her book. This lecture and book signing is organized by the Museum Shop at the Albany Institute of History & Art and is free with museum admission. It is also the kick-off event for the Institute's extended Thursday hours when the museum will be open until 8PM on Thursdays (except holidays).

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09/26/2013 2:26pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute to Host Albert M. Rosenblatt and Julia C. Rosenblatt for Lecture and Book Signing

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will host retired New York Court of Appeals Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt and Julia C. Rosenblatt for a lecture about their book Opening Statements: Law, Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Dutch New York on September 29, 2013 at 2PM. The Rosenblatts will give an engaging talk about the litigious Dutch in colonial America. They will discuss the ways in which the legal system of the New Netherland colonies has influenced modern day American concepts of governance, liberty, women's rights, and religious freedom. After the lecture, the Rosenblatts will be available to answer questions and sign copies of their book. This lecture and book signing is organized by the Museum Shop at the Albany Institute of History & Art and is free with museum admission.

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09/20/2013 2:08pm by Aine Leader Nagy

GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies at the Albany Institute of History & Art

ALBANY, NY (SEPTEMBER 20, 2013) GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies opens tomorrow and will remain on view through June 8, 2014. The Ancient Egypt Collection is the most popular exhibit in the Institute's portfolio, drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually. Tomorrow marks the opening of the largest exhibition of this kind of the Institute's history. In addition to greatly expanded displays, the exhibition also includes educational programs, an international lecture series, festivals and hands-on workshops for children and families.

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09/18/2013 2:20pm by Aine Leader Nagy

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies Lecture with Guest Curator Dr. Peter Lacovara

ALBANY, NY- In conjunction with its newest exhibition, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host an international lecture series, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies Lecture Series. The first lecture will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 2PM. Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and New Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, and guest curator of the new GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies exhibition, will explore how he helped solve the mystery of the Albany Mummies, gathered objects from around the world to tell the story of Ankhefenmut and his coffin, and how the exhibition offers a window into life in ancient Egypt's 21st Dynasty. The lecture is free with museum admission.

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06/25/2013 2:23pm by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute Announces Opening of Contemporary Photography Exhibition

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art announces the opening of a new exhibition, Multiple Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Albany Institute's Collection. The show will run June 29-August 18, 2013. The exhibition includes 44 contemporary photographs taken by 26 photographers who either live in or are connected through their subject matter to the upper Hudson River Valley. Multiple Focus not only features a wide range of subjects, but underscores the artitist processes and aesthetic considerations of the region's recognized photographers while it also takes into account the effects of changing technologies on the photographic medium and the photographer's work.

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06/24/2013 10:08am by Aine Leader Nagy

Albany Institute's Exhibition Highlights Contributions of Norman Rice

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art is currently exhibiting, Sixty Years and Still Collecting: Norman S. Rice. The show will run until September 1, 2013. The exhibition includes highlights of the Albany Institute of History & Art’s remarkable collection of artwork, historical objects, and research materials assembled by Director Emeritus Norman S. Rice. He has served as the facilitator, and in some cases the actual donor, of many of the Institute’s greatest treasures.

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06/18/2013 9:55am by Aine Leader Nagy

Tammis Groft appointed Executive Director of Albany Institute

ALBANY, NY- In a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Albany Institute of History & Art, held on June 17, 2013, Tammis K. Groft was appointed Executive Director of the Albany Insitute. The decision to appoint Groft was unanimously approved by the 37 member Board of Trustees and Associates of the Albany Institute. George R. Hearst III, Chairman of the Board stated: "Tammis has led the Institute to a new level of vigor. Her leadership has set a brisk tempo, featuring more programs, more visitors and more members. She has bright, visionary ideas, is committed and decisive, and has developed an energetic leadership team that can move forward in the best traditions of this institution."

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04/26/2013 10:37am by Nicole Peterson

Summer Art Programs for Children

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art presents a series of summer art programs exhibiting various themes and mediums which appeal to a wide array of children in the area. Guests are encouraged to apply what they learn about the history and art on display at the museum to their own one of a kind works of art throughout the summer. “Every summer we look forward to seeing the children of our region explore their creativity and learn about art while enriching their knowledge about our shared history,” says Erika Sanger, Director of Education.

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04/26/2013 10:29am by Nicole Peterson

Hudson Valley Hops 2013

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art will be hosting its second annual Hudson Valley Hops on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 4-7pm. It will be a celebration of the history of brewing Albany and today's craft beer industry in and around the Hudson Valley. Guests can sample the finest local craft beers, engage with experts in the field, enjoy an assortment of food and tour the museum galleries. Tickets are $25, and the first 100 people to RSVP and prepay will receive a commemorative Hudson Valley Hops tasting glass.

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03/21/2013 2:55pm by Nycole Kinns

GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies Project Team

Discover the teams of people working to uncover the mysteries of the Albany mummies! From scholars and Albany Institute of History & Art staff to documentary film makers and staff at Albany Medial Center, there are a lot of great minds on this project!

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03/21/2013 1:57pm by Nycole Kinns

Ancient Egyptian Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art

Mummy Scan Results 3/21/13

Albany Institute of History & Art Reveals True Identities of
The Albany Mummies, Announces Exhibition

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02/13/2013 10:14am by Nicole Peterson

Spend School Vacation at AIHA for a 3D Adventure!

ALBANY, NY- Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend their week off from school on a Mixed Media Adventure at the Albany Instititute of History & Art! This three-day Vacation Art Break will spark creativity and excitement in your kids. It will take place Tuesday, February 19- Thursday, February 21 from 9AM to noon.

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02/11/2013 10:21am by Nicole Peterson

AIHA Open for FREE this Presidents’ Day!

The Albany Institute of History & Art will be open for FREE on February 18th, 2013 from 10am to 5pm.

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02/06/2013 10:22am by Nicole Peterson

NEW EXHIBITION First Presbyterian Church of Albany: 250 Years of Community and Conscience

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art presents an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, including displays from the church from January 26- April 14, 2013.

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01/28/2013 10:04am by Nicole Peterson

TRAVELING EXHIBIT The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit

ALBANY, NY- The Albany Institute of History & Art opens a new exhibition, The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit. The show will run from February 9, 2013- June 15, 2013 and will display over 60 hand-colored lithographs which include a stunning array of visual references to an exciting period in national development. An illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition and is available in the museum shop. This exhibition is organized by the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA.

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01/22/2013 10:26am by Nicole Peterson

NEW EXHIBITION The Making of The Hudson River School: More Than the Eye Beholds Exhibition

ALBANY, NY- Albany Institute of History & Art opens a new exhibition, The Making of the Hudson River School: More than the Eye Beholds, which will be on view from January 26-August 18, 2013. The Albany Institute's new exhibition on the Hudson River School brings together 120 works from private collections and the museum's holdings. On view in this exhibition will be one of Thomas Cole' early works, View of Featherstonhaugh Estate Near Duanesburg, which has rarely been exhibited in public venues. Other rarely seen paintings from private collections include works by Christopher Pearse Cranch, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Ernest Parton, and John Frederick Kensett.

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03/01/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

ELIZABETH COVART REVEALS NEW PERSPECTIVE ON ALBANY’S EVOLUTION AT AIHA MARCH 11

ALBANY, NY– Elizabeth M. Covart will share new perspectives on how Albany evolved in a lecture entitled “Albany after the Revolution: An American City in Transition” on Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM at the Albany Institute of History & Art. The event is FREE with museum admission.

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02/23/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA OFFERS A FIRST, FREE LOOK AT NEW “ST. PETER’S CHURCH” EXHIBITION

ALBANY, NY– Visitors to the Albany Institute of History & Art on Friday, March 2 from 5–8 PM can enjoy a FREE sneak peek at the museum’s newest exhibition, St. Peter’s Church: 300 Years of History & Art before it’s officially opening on March 3. The event is in association with Albany’s 1st Friday art walk, showcasing the thriving and lively art scene in downtown Albany. The show, running through April 29, will examine the role St. Peter’s Church has played in shaping Albany and the upper Hudson Valley.

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02/21/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA NAMED ERIE CANALWAY HERITAGE PARTNER

ALBANY, NY—The Albany Institute of History & Art has been selected by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission as one of four new heritage sites to join its Erie Canalway Partner Program, which offers technical assistance, coordinated tourism promotion, and networking opportunities for selected sites within the Corridor. With these additions, the program now includes 29 canal-related museums and cultural heritage sites.

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02/13/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

SPEND SCHOOL VACATION AT AIHA’S MIXED MEDIA ADVENTURE!

ALBANY, NY— Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to spend their week off from school on a Mixed Media Adventure at the Albany Institute of History & Art! This three-day Vacation Art Break will take place Tuesday, February 21 through Thursday, February 23 from 9 AM to noon.

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02/09/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

HAROLD HOLZER TO LECTURE AND PRESENT NEW BOOK AT AIHA ON FEBRUARY 26

ALBANY, NY– Renowned Abraham Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer will be visiting the Albany Institute of History & Art to present the lecture “Lincoln and New York” on Sunday, February 26 at 2 PM. Following the lecture, listeners will have a pre-publication date opportunity to purchase and receive a signed copy of Holzer’s newest book, Emancipating Lincoln.

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02/08/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

ALBANY INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 221 YEARS WITH $2.21 ADMISSION

ALBANY, NY– The Albany Institute of History & Art is celebrating its 221st anniversary by offering a reduced admission fee of $2.21 to all patrons visiting on February 22, 2012. As one of the oldest museums in the United States, the Albany Institute of History & Art was founded in 1791, during the presidency of George Washington. This makes it older than the Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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02/04/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA and University Club Come Together to Offer a Valentine’s Day Play Date for Grown-ups!

ALBANY, NY– This Valentine’s Day, revisit the toys and games of your childhood with a guided tour of Kid Stuff at the Albany Institute of History & Art, then proceed across the street to the University Club for drinks, games and dinner!

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02/03/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA TO KICK OFF ST. PETER’S CHURCH LECTURE SERIES FEBRUARY 12

ALBANY, NY– The Albany Institute of History & Art will be presenting the first of a three lecture series “300 Years, One Congregation”, about St. Peter’s Church on Sunday, February 12 at 2 PM. In this first lecture “In One City of Two Cultures, Ministering to Three Nations” the history, purpose, and influence of St. Peter’s Church in Albany will be explored by a panel of experts, including the Reverend Paul Hartt, Rector, Ms. E. Connie Powell, Church Archivist and Mr. Chris Grill, Mentor at Empire State College. This event is FREE with museum admission.

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01/26/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA TO HOST WASHINGTON & LINCOLN SPELLING BEE FEBRUARY 5

ALBANY, NY– On Sunday, February 5, Capital District children will learn about two of their favorite presidents, practice for the Regional Spelling Bee, and still be home in time for the Super Bowl kick off!

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01/19/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA TO HOST DR. ERIC RUIJSSENAARS “THE LIVES OF ABRAHAM STAATS” LECTURE ON JANUARY 29

ALBANY, NY– On Sunday, January 29 at 2 PM the Albany Institute of History & Art will welcome Dr. Eric Ruijssenaars to tell the enthralling life story of Abraham Staats, a Dutch Founding Father of Albany. Dr. Ruijssenaars is a Senior Scholar in Residence at the New Netherland Institute, and possesses his own Bureau of Historical Research, named Dutch Archives (www.dutcharchives.com). The event will be FREE with museum admission.

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01/12/2012 7:00am by Russ Winans

AIHA TO HOST “REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE” LECTURE ON JANUARY 22

ALBANY, NY– The Albany Institute of History & Art is will present a lecture on the famous Dutch painter and etcher Rembrandt van Rijn entitled “Rembrandt and the Golden Age”, on Sunday, January 22 at 2 PM. The event is FREE with museum admission.

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