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Thomas Cole Exhibit at the Albany Airport


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Fumigation Tents by Lisa SanditzThe Albany International Airport Gallery is set to host the upcoming exhibition “Landmark” from September 29, 2018 to February 25, 2019.

The exhibit considers the legacy of Thomas Cole’s paintings and advocacy for environmental stewardship as they echo the concerns of artists and writers today.

A public reception to celebrate the launch of Landmark will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Albany International Airport Gallery. Continue reading

Pets of Cherry Hill: Paws, Claws & Slippery Tails


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Van Rensselaer family rooster Miles StandishHistoric Cherry Hill and the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology are set to present “Paws, Claws & Slippery Tails: The Pets of Cherry Hill” on September 29th from Noon to 4 pm.

The event will be a site-wide scavenger hunt in which guests learn the story of the cast of animals who lived at Cherry Hill over its long history as the Van Rensselaer family home — from Miles Standish, the rooster who was ever bullied by the saloon keeper’s cock, to Polly, a cockatoo, to Dandy, the Dalmatian. Continue reading

Colonial Dutch Lecture In Albany Sept 23rd


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Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeeth-Century AmericaThe Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host author Julie van den Hout on Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm for a lecture on her book Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America. This lecture is co-sponsored by the New Netherland Institute and is included with museum admission.

Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America focuses on Adriaen van der Donck, a young legal activist from the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland. The book details his life from his childhood and education, but it focuses on his battle to bring his struggling colony’s complaints with the Dutch West India Company to the highest level of government in the Dutch Republic. It also delves into the changes he brought long after his death, as well as discussing his book, Description of New Netherland, which contains his vision for the country. Continue reading

New Book Celebrates the Literary Legacy of William Kennedy


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bootlegger of the soulUntil now, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy’s literary legacy has never been celebrated in one book. From novels such as Ironweed, Legs, and Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (the Albany Cycle) to Bootlegger of the Soul screenplays like The Cotton Club, as well as his many years of investigative journalistic work, Suzanne Lance and Paul Grondahl, have compiled reviews, essays, and interviews about Kennedy’s contributions to the literary landscape in the new book from SUNY Press, Bootlegger of the Soul. Also included is original writing by the author himself – a play and a short story. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

History Authors at Albany Book Festival Sept 28-29


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albany book festivalThe University of Albany has announced an Albany Book Festival has been set for Friday, September 28th, which will kick off with an installation ceremony for new State Author Colson Whitehead and new State Poet Alicia Ostriker at 7:30 pm. The daylong Book Festival program includes events with featured writers Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gregory Maguire, Walter Mosley, and Jonathan Santlofer.

Noted writers of history include Pulitzer Prize-winners Gilbert King, Annette Gordon-Reed, and William Kennedy, along with Mark Kurlansky (Milk! And Salt) and Michael W. Twitty (The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South). Continue reading

Charles Zimmy’s 1937 Swim from Albany to Manhattan


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Charles ZimmyOn August 23, 1937 a physician checked out Charles Zimmy at the Albany Yacht Club, which was located at the bottom of State Street hill. The doc’s approval having been given, some young men from Albany applied a thick layer of grease to Zimmy’s body, he lit a cigar, and hopped off a pier into the water of the Hudson River. As he bobbled a bit in the water, he lost his cigar. That wasn’t a problem, though, as there was a supply of 200 aboard the Penguin, a 50-foot boat which would shadow him as he made his way south towards New York City. The cigars, Zimmy told a reporter, were as much a necessity as the watertight goggles he wore during his swim.

According to an article in the Times-Union on August 24, Zimmy anticipated losing about 80 pounds during the challenge, which he thought would require him to swim the equivalent of 200 miles – more than the actual distance from Albany to Manhattan – because tides would sometimes push him back upstream, through water he’d already swum. He’d be swimming day and night, catching sleep an hour at a time while floating on his back. Continue reading

Washington’s Lieutenants: The Generals of the Continental Army


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Washington's Generals“Washington’s Lieutenants: The Generals of the Continental Army” will be the subject of a talk by William M. Welsch on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Siena College, near Albany.

This presentation reviews George Washington’s subordinate generals, including their backgrounds, and relations with Washington, Congress, and each other. Also explored will be their contributions to victory, foreign generals, anecdotes, and historical evaluation.

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