An attribution to the artist John Wilson is based on a watercolor in the Institute's collection, View of State Street, Albany (x1940.600.23), which is signed "John Wilson/pinx." Both the watercolor and this oil painting depict lively outdoor scenes in and … Learn More
The Albany Institute presents a broad range of public programs related to our collections, exhibitions, and special projects.
Sunday, September 20 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Free with museum admission!
Sunday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Erin Leary, Historian and Author, PhD Candidate, Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester
Leary will explore the social and cultural history behind early twentieth century American flower gardens. Here in Albany, the Rankin women of Historic Cherry Hill cultivated their garden with interest in the links between the flowers of their foremothers, their family heritage, and their desire to limit changes in their world.
Free with museum admission
Produced in conjunction with Historic Cherry Hill and Partners for Albany Stories, funded in part by the IMLS.
IMAGE: Historic Cherry Hill, 1922, upper garden
Thursday, October 1 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Stuart Lehman, Assistant Curator, New York State Capitol
Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train journeyed from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. On April 26, 1865, the train stopped in Albany and his body lay in state; 50,000 people filed past to pay their respects. Lehman will explore these solemn events and their connection to the New York State Capitol.
Sunday, October 4 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
James Schlett, Journalist, Author, Poet
Join award-winning journalist, James Schlett for a powerpoint presentation about his recently published book, A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosopher’s Camp in the Adirondacks, published by Cornell University Press.
The book recounts the story of a group of artists, poets, and philosophers who ventured into the heart of the Adirondacks in 1858 to camp, hike, hunt, and converse. This “philosopher’s camp” helped spark the transcendentalist and preservationist movements in America. The book includes a color insert featuring twelve paintings by Hudson River School artists, including Thomas Cole, Frederic E. Church, Asher B. Durand, and Sanford Gifford.
Free with museum admission
Saturday, October 10 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, October 10 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, October 11 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, October 12 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, October 12 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lego® Building Challenge Fall 2015 Theme: Buildings, Bridges & Boats!
Building Session Dates and Times:
10/10 Saturday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
10/10 Saturday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM
10/11 Sunday Afternoon 1:00-3:00 PM
10/12 Monday Morning 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
10/12 Monday Afternoon 2:00-4:00 PM
Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)
Team registration: teams may include as many as, but not more than four people.
Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards
Size Limit: 10” x 10” base
Brings friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO ® structures. This year’s theme is Buildings, Bridges, and Boats. Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and compete for awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.
Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register contact Barbara Collins at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to email@example.com
Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes.
LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.
Thursday, October 15 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, October 22 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, October 29 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, November 5 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, November 12 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Thursday, November 19 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for unique program series that will explore the rhetoric, political skill, and moral transformation of our sixteenth president.
The class will read and discuss nine of Lincoln’s speeches as well as other writings. In conjunction with this series, a new exhibition of selected works from our collections will be on display in our library cases.
The discussion leader will be Giacomo Calabria, author of 2014 thriller The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy. Calabria has been praised by Times Union as "a confident and masterful storyteller."
The Albany Institute will make available on loan, a limited number of copies of Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches. Books will also be available for purchase in the museum shop.
To register for the series and borrow a copy of the book contact: Barbara Collins, Education Coordinator, 518-463-4478 x405, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program has been made possible with a grant from the New York Council on the Humanities.
The 40th Annual Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair will be held at the Albany Institute of History & Art.
Dealers in antiquarian and out-of-print books, manuscripts, autographs, postcards, maps, posters, photographs and ephemera will offer their best for sale. There will also be a special silent auction. Proceeds benefits the Albany Institute of History & Art Library.
Book Fair admission: $6 per person
For more information, please visit www.albanybookfair.com.