Public Programs

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

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America

Friday, September 19 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Susanah Shaw Romney, Assistant Professor of History, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

Don't miss this fascinating talk about the real women and men, soldies, sailors, settles, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans who drew on kin and social relationships to build new lives in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Sharing vivid stories from her recently published, award-winning book, Professor Romney will introduce us to some of the little known people who built these intimate networks as they struggled to survived, resist, or profit from the new connections linking the New World to the Old.

Free admission

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Sunday, September 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Russell Shorto

Join New York Times best-selling author Russell Shorto for an engaging exploration of the history of Holland's capital city, including the little known artists, crusaders, explorers, eccentrics, and visionaries who helped Amsterdam grow into a world class city with far reaching global impact including, of course, the fouding of the colony of New Netherland and the spread of cherished ideals of freedom, equality and commerce in the New World.

Free with museum admission

Community Conversation: Planning the Future of Your Museum

Thursday, October 2 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Please join the Albany Institue of History & Art Executive Director Tammis Groft for an informal discussion about the future of the museum. Share your ideas for future exhibitions, lectures, family programs, art-making activities, special events, and museum amenities.

Free admission

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy

Sunday, October 5 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jacopo della Quercia

Join Albany historian and writer Giacomo Calabria (pen name, Jacopo della Quercia) for a lively talk about his recently published historical novel that is part sci-fi, part action adventure, and part comedy embedded in a narrative based on meticulous research. The result is an outlandish secret history that aligns perfectly with national as well as the city of Albany historical record.

Calabria is an educator and history writer whose work has been featured on the comedy website, BBC America, CNN Money, and the Huffington Post.

Free with museum admission

Be Inspired! Family Day

Sunday, October 12 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Come be inspired by the artwork of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition and create your own masterpieces.

Artists from the exhibition will be on hand for presentations throughout the day. We'll discover the mediums and techniques they use in their work and create some artwork of our own.

Free with museum admission

Artist demonstrations will take place at:

12:30PM                 1:00PM

1:30PM                   2:30PM

3:00PM                   3:30PM


Monday, October 13 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

This Columbus Day explore the galleries of the Albany Institute of History & Art for free. The whole family will enjoy drop-in art making activities based on the current exhibitions.

Drop-In Art Making from 10AM-4:30PM

Gallery Talks at 1PM and 3:30PM

Free admission

Sponsored by M&T Bank

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings

Thursday, October 16 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Join Douglas McCombs, PhD, Chief Curator, and Erika Sanger, Director of Education, for a tour of the exhibition and a hands-on art making activity in the studio that will explore art and Common Core math curriculim integrations.

3:30PM Exhibition Tour
4:30PM Math and Design in the Studio

Free admission. Registration is required.

To register, please call or email Barbara Collins at (518) 463-4478, ext. 405 or email


Saturday, October 18 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Take a look at the world of the ancient Egypt and use the artifacts and symbols as inspiration for your own jewelry.

Junior level Girl Scouts will tour the Albany Institute's ancient Egypt exhibition, and create their own jewelry using both everyday objects and metal.

Registration is required and is available at or by calling Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at (518) 348-1413.


40th Annual Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair

The 40th Annual Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair will be at the Washington Avenue Amory in Albany, New York. More than fifty dealers of books, photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera will be present. Includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Albany Institute Library.

$6 per person

For more information, please visit

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING To Elevate & Adorn the Mind: Betsey Colt Foot and the Story Behind the Founding of Albany Academy for Girls

Sunday, October 26 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Louise Copeland Marks

Set in Albany in the early nineteenth century, To Elevate & Adorn the Mind, is a thoroughly researched historical novel about Betsey Colt Foot and her radical quest to establish the Albany Academy for Girls, one of the country's oldest independent schools for the education of young women. Louise Copeland Marks is an academy alumni and Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology, Psychology, and Mental Health at SUNY's North Country Community College.

Free with museum admission