Effective immediately, the Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to furloughed federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. Federal employees must present a valid government identification card at the admission desk and will receive free admission for themselves and up to three guests. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Free For Furloughed Federal Workers
The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) has announced that the 2019 Annual State Conference will be held at the Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, on September 9-11, 2019.
The conference planning committee is currently seeking proposals for conference presentations. Proposals can be submitted for papers, panels and interactive programs. [Read more…] about Public Historians Conference In Albany in September
The NYS Writers Institute’s Spring 2019 lineup is dedicated to UAlbany’s 175th Anniversary.
The New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany has announced their Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series schedules, totaling nearly three dozen events for the Spring 2019 semester. [Read more…] about Upcoming NYS Writers Institute Events In Albany
Travis M. Bowman, Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will present “Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in New York interact with slavery?” on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Siena College, near Albany, NY.
Usually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. [Read more…] about Palatine Farmers and Slavery Talk Near Albany
The Albany County Historical Association is set to kick off its 2019 programming series, “Speaking Easy: Prohibition in Albany,” with an illustrated presentation focusing on the built environment of Prohibition-era Albany on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7 pm at the Ten Broeck Mansion. [Read more…] about Albany Architecture, Architects in the Roaring 20s
The Albany County Historical Association recently completed a project repairing and restoring plaster and lath in the Ten Broeck Mansion, the historic home built in 1798 for Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck.
The ACHA is the steward of the Federal-style mansion, which has served as the Association’s headquarters and operated as a historic house museum since 1948. [Read more…] about Plaster, Lath Project Completed at Ten Broeck Mansion
The Albany Institute of History & Art has had lively animal related art and decorative arts in the galleries this year and those popular exhibitions will close soon. A Menagerie of Whimsey: The Art of William B. Schade and Birds and Beasts: The Scary, Magical, and Adorable Animals of the Albany Institute will close on December 30, 2018. [Read more…] about Animal Themed Exhibits at Albany Institute Ending
Erik Schlimmer’s new book Cradle of the Union: A Street by Street History of New York’s Capital City (Beechwood Books, 2019) offers help in decoding the names of the 785 streets within the city limits of Albany.
During his four-year-long research project Schlimmer examined nearly 1,000 print and online sources and interviewed historians, residents, and fellow researchers. The resulting 510-page reference includes 130 images, a bibliography and index, and a foreword by former Albany County Historian and Assemblyman John J. McEneny. [Read more…] about A Street by Street History of Albany Published
The Albany Institute of History & Artis is set to open a special exhibition of cast iron stoves on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Researchers, collectors, and those new to cast iron will have the opportunity to see these stoves together and their details up close for the first time in ten years. Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region will run through August 18, 2019. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Opening Cast Iron Stove Exhibition
A new book by Harry Rosenfeld, with foreword by William Kennedy, Battling Editor: The Albany Years (Excelsior Editions, 2019) recounts the transformation of two daily newspapers in the face of economic downturns and sweeping technological change.
In 1978, Harry Rosenfeld left the Washington Post, where he oversaw the paper’s standard-setting coverage of Watergate, to take charge of two daily papers under co-ownership in Albany, New York: the morning Times Union and the evening Knickerbocker News. [Read more…] about Battling Editor: Harry Rosenfeld’s Albany Years