Public Programs

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

READING & DISCUSSION SERIES Women’s Suffrage: A Documented History

General: Thursday, September 21 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, September 28 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 5 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 12 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 19 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm General: Thursday, October 26 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a reading and discussion series where participants will examine the history of women’s suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of New York State's passage of women’s right to vote.

The discussion leader will be author and educator Giacomo Calabria. Calabria is the author of the 2014 thriller The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and has been praised by the Times Union as "a confident and masterful storyteller."

We will read about the women’s suffrage movements in the United States and around the world from the American Revolution to the modern era, track changes within the movement, study important speeches, delight over misadventures and anecdotes, listen to recordings from the phonograph to the digital era, and ultimately transform the last 250 years of history into a lens for better appreciating and understanding the nation we live in today.

All required readings are available FREE online. 

To register for the program contact Patrick Stenshorn, Interpretive Programs Manager at 518-463-4478 ext. 405 or

This program is made possible by a grant from Humanities New York 

Series Syllabus

Program texts

Week 1- Introduction:Revolution

Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams (March 31, 1776)

Declaration of the Rights of Woman, Olympe de Gouges (1791)


Week 2-The Watershed: Seneca Falls

Declaration of Sentiments (1848)

Discourse on Woman, Lucretia Mott (1850)


Week 3-Slavery, Suffrage, and Civil War

Speech at Pennsylvania Hall, Angelina Grimké Weld (1838)

A Petition for Universal Suffrage (1865)

Address to the First Annual Meeting of the American Equal Rights Association, Sojourner Truth (May 9, 1867)


Week 4-Trial

Remarks by Susan B. Anthony in the Circuit Court (June 1873)

Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States (1876)


Week 5-World War

Freedom or death, Emmeline Pankhurst (1913)

Why Women Should Vote, Jane Addams (1915)


Week 6-Universal Rights

Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

FAMILY PROGRAM Mummy Birthday Party

Sunday, October 29 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 108th anniversary of the arrival of the Albany Institute's mummies!

Children are invited to bring a small doll or stuffed animal to learn about the mummification process by mummifying their toy.  Please note the plaster gauze mummification craft is permanent so bring a toy you would not mind being permanently mummified.  

  • Doll "mummification" from 12-4:30PM
  • Face Painting by artist Tina Rodriguez from 12:00-3PM
  • Ancient Egyptian themed creative movement with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at 1PM
  • Ancient Egyptian Tales with storyteller Nancy Payne at 3PM

Included with museum admission

LECTURE: Albany Medical Center: History and Architecture

General: Sunday, November 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This lecture is presented by Dr. Douglas Cohn

The talk will span from the 1830s through 2016, and will touch upon the history of medicine and architecture in our region, and include several prominent professionals in these respective fields: March, Hooker, Fuller, Blatner.

Included with museum admission

Free Admission Day: Veterans Day Observed

Friday, November 10 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop-in Flag Art Project 10AM-4:30PM         

Visitors of all ages will enjoy decorating patriotic flags in our art studio.

Enjoy free admission to the galleries courtesy of M&T Bank.