Public Programs

The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.

SPECIAL CURATOR GALLERY TALK Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings

Sunday, March 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Douglas McCombs, PhD, Chief Curator and curator of Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings, will discuss textiles in the exhibition and the meaning behind their patterns and designs.

Free with museum admission

FILM AND DISCUSSION Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital District Diamonds

Thursday, March 12 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

David Pietrusza, Producer, screenwriter, and award-winning author

Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital District Diamonds (54 min., WMHT, 1995)

Local Heroes combines exhaustive research, rare archival film footage, fascinating still photography and revealing original interviews to bring viewers the area's diamond history, from its mythical beginnings with Ballston Spa native Abner Doubleday to Heritage Park in Colonie--and everything in between. Following the screening, Pietrusza will discuss making the film.

Free admission

LECTURE Double Play: Baseball and the Forms of Fiction

Sunday, March 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Randall T. Craig, Professor and Chair, Department of English, University at Albany

Novels about baseball stand out in literary history as famous baseball games and players do in the history of the United States. The fiction of Ring Lardner and Mark Harris, Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud, Robert Coover and Michael Joyce, among others, documents the evolution of a genre—and a nation.

Free with museum admission

SPECIAL FAMILY PROGRAM Book Launch and Hands-On Workshops for One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia

Saturday, March 21 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Workshops at Noon and 3PM

Join us to celebrate the recent release of this exciting picture book!

Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to meet the book’s author Miranda Paul, illustrator and local artist Elizabeth Zunon, as well as the main subject of the book, Isatou Ceesay.Together we’ll discover the story of an innovative woman who discovered a way to support her community and the environment.

Miranda Paul will read her book and participants will create their own recycled art project.

Books will be available for signing in the museum shop.

Free with museum admission

PANEL DISCUSSION Albany's Twilight League

Sunday, March 22 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

With Edward Delanty, Dick Barrett, and others
Moderated by journalist and author Paul Grondahl

Established in 1930, Albany’s Twilight League is one of the oldest competitive amateur leagues in our nation. Join the foremost experts on its history for a rousing discussion about the people and places that make the league an integral part of our city’s social fabric.

Free with museum admission

OPEN MIC PROGRAM Am I On? Tell Us YOUR Albany Story

Thursday, March 26 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Come and share a story about you and your family that relates to the history of Albany. You will have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Sign up is on a first-come, first-tell basis. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library. Interested, but not sure what to talk about? Check our website for story suggestions. Interested, know what you want to talk about, but want help with telling your story? Come to a free coaching session one hour before the event. Interested, but don’t want to tell a story? Just come and listen.

Free admission



Sunday, March 29 at 2PM at Historic Cherry Hill’s Edward Frisbee Center for Collections & Research

Tuesday, March 31 at 6PM at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Tuesday, April 7 at 6PM at Ten Broeck Mansion

Sunday, April 19 at 2PM at Shaker Heritage Society

Thursday, April 30 at 6PM at the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, Historic Albany Foundation

Monday, May 4 at 5PM at the Main Branch, Albany Public Library, Pruyn Collection Room

Sunday, May 17 at 4PM at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region

Funding for this project is provided through the Community Projects Fund created by 1996 amendments to the State Finance Law sponsored by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahey.

FAMILY PROGRAM Baseball in Winter Family Day

Sunday, March 29 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Can’t wait for opening day?

Tour our exhibitions and stop by the studio to make a pennant for your favorite team!

2PM: Be sure to watch baseball poetry and music expert Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the Baseball Hall of Fame, perform his costumed recitation of the classic "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, followed by a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game (including the two verses you probably have never heard). Wiles has performed "Casey" thousands of times and wrote a book on Take Me Out to the Ball Game upon its centennial in 2008. He is now Director of the Guilderland Public Library.

Free with museum admission


Sunday, April 5 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The Albany Institute of History & Art will be closed on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

SPECIAL EVENT Baseball Trivia Night

Wednesday, April 8 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hosted by the Times Union Sports Editorial Team

Think you and your friends know something about baseball? Join us for an exciting trivia challenge contest and test your game! 

Psst...prizes will be awarded.

Tickets: $25 non-members; $20 members (per person)
Tickets include baseball cards that may be traded for refreshments and beer.

Teams may include up to four people. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested. 

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902-1931: The Rise and Fall of the Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues

Sunday, April 12 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Michael E. Lomax, Independent Scholar

Lomax, the author of numerous books and articles on the racial divide in American sports and the struggle for equality on and off the field will discuss his latest book Black Baseball Entrepreneurs published by Syracuse Univeristy Press in 2014.

Free with museum admission