An Evening With Jane Austen: Talk and Tea


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Portrait of Jane Austen, drawn by her sister Cassandra (c 1810)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.

Shapard has a PhD in European History from UC Berkley, and is the author of five books on Jane Austen, including The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Annotated Emma, and the recently published The Annotated Northanger Abbey. He has taught at several colleges and his specialty is the eighteenth century. He lives in upstate New York.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is now open for free on Thursday evenings from 5PM-8PM. These extended hours, which started as a trial this past fall, offer the public the opportunity to visit the museum after work and explore the exhibitions, shop at the museum shop, and participate in special activities. Special activities already planned for this spring include live readings of letters in the museum’s collection, art making in the galleries and art studio, guided gallery tours, author events, and library open house events.

The Albany Institute has scheduled special activities for some of the upcoming free Evenings at the Institute. The activities are listed below:

March 20, 2014 Art on Thursday Night: Playing with Type

Director of Education, Erika Sanger, will roll out the Vandercook #1 hand-cranked press with the wood type for visitors to explore the relationship of text to page old school style. Visitors will be able to typeset a line of text and print multiple copies.

March 27, 2014 Guided Gallery Tours

Explore the current exhibitions, including GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, with museum docents as your guide!

April 3, 2014 Seeing Double: Stereoviews, Monumental Sculptures, and “Free Viewing”

Join the fun 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.

April 10, 2014 Guided Gallery Tours

Explore the current exhibitions, including GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies, with museum docents as your guide!

April 17, 2014 Voices of the Past: Live Readings of Pruyn Family Letters

The Albany Institute’s Library is rich with stories of the past. Join us as we share some of those stories by reading letters from the collection. This Thursday, we will read the December 29, 1864 letter from Robert Hewson Pruyn home to his wife. Pruyn was an Albanian who was appointed the second U.S. minister to Japan by Abraham Lincoln and he served there from 1862-1865.

April 24, 2014 Art on Thursday Night: Art for Arbor Day

Join us in the studio for drawing, painting, and collage inspired by trees created by Hudson River School artists.

Stay up-to-date with Thursday night activities, and all activities at the Albany Institute of History & Art, by visiting their website: www.albanyinstitute.org.

Illustration: Portrait of Jane Austen, drawn by her sister Cassandra (c. 1810).

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