Albany Co Historical Honoring Norman Rice at Gala

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Norman S. Rice in front of a portrait of Engeltje Wendell in 1966The Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) is set to host its 4th Annual Gala at Cornerstone at the Plaza on Thursday, September 13th at 6 pm. The fundraiser, which will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and silent auction, also serves as a celebration of history education and preservation in Albany.

In addition to honoring the ACHA’s Trustees, staff members, and volunteers, the organization will extend its appreciation to Norman Rice, Executive Director Emeritus of the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Norman Rice came to Albany fresh out of Harvard College in 1953 to take a curator position at the Albany Institute of History of Art. By 1967, he was the Executive Director.

While serving as Albany City Historian between 1966 and 1987, Rice earned a reputation as a booster of local history. Over the decades, he shared his expertise in art conservation and museum collections with the many nonprofit organizations that steward Albany’s cultural heritage. Rice has also modeled volunteerism, serving as a trustee or a chairman for several nonprofit organizations. Today, he claims the unofficial title of longest serving board member of the Albany Rural Cemetery; he was appointed in 1967.

Those who wish to honor Norman’s achievements by making a donation in his honor to the Albany County Historical Association should contact Samantha Hall-Saladino at (518) 436-9826 or

All gifts made in his name will be restricted to preserve the Ten Broeck Mansion and underwrite the Association’s conservation and collections management efforts, including updating collections database and funding interns to continue our work on New York Heritage, a digital collections database that increases public access to photo and archival collections.

Photo: Norman S. Rice in front of a portrait of Engeltje Wendell at the Albany Institute of History and Art in 1966 (courtesy Albany Institute of History and Art).

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