Lecture: Slavery At Albany Ten Broeck Mansion

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Ten Broeck MansionRecent excavations and research on the grounds of Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany have revealed outbuildings likely used as summer kitchens and/or slave quarters.

On Sunday, December 7 at 2 pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host Matthew J. Kirk, Principal Investigator and Cultural Resource Specialist at Hartgen Archeological Associates, for a special lecture focused on these findings and the insight they provide into slave/master relationships shortly before abolition. They suggest we reconsider our modern concepts of slavery in the north at the end of the eighteenth century.

This lecture is part of the museum’s Making it American lecture series and is co-sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt). This event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

The Making it American lecture series takes a broad look at what art, artifacts, objects, manuscripts, and other primary source materials can teach us about the development of American history, culture, the arts, and our national identity. Invited scholars analyze the construct of American values and ideals through our collections and exhibitions. Experts in their fields create presentations illuminating the development of our culture and international trends influences. These lectures are an exciting opportunity to learn from scholars recognized in their field who make their expertise and our collections accessible.

This series has been supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. There is limited parking available in the museums lot, located at the corner of Dove and Elk Streets in Albany (just behind the museum). There is also on street parking available.

The Albany Institute is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm*, and Sunday Noon until 5 pm. On Tuesdays, the museum is open to registered groups only. The museum is closed on Mondays and some holidays.

Admission is free for Albany Institute members; $10/adults; $8/seniors and students with ID; $6/children 6-12; FREE/children under 6. The museum is now offering free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. For more information, visit www.albanyinstitute.org or call (518) 463-4478.

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