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This week at the museum

Children's Program
rain or's reading time!
April 29, 2015 :  10:30 A.M. - May 27, 2015 :  11:15 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Wednesdays: March 11 & 25, April 15 & 29, May 13 & 27. Read a story with Miss Ann and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State. Free program for preschool age children. Meet at Kid's Cove.

n e w: let's go take a trip
May 02, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - June 06, 2015 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   The first Saturday of the month (May 2, June 6) the Museum comes alive as Miss Peggy takes you on a trip to new sights, sounds and adventures right here in our very own State Museum!! This program features a different “trip” in the Museum each month. Come join in the fun and earn your Museum Traveler’s Badge! Meet at the Main Lobby Desk. Intended for ages 4-6 years old. May 2: Passenger Pigeon hands-on fun! June 6: Join the "bucket brigade" in Fire Engine Hall!

Family Program
baby animals on the hancock shaker village farm
April 25, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - May 03, 2015 :  5:00 P.M.

Description:   Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, May 3 Hancock Shaker Village ªFamilies ª Fee Visit for pricing and discounts. This wonderful program showcases the historic Hancock Shaker Village as an actual working farm, with our garden beds, composting area, beehives and greenhouses taking center stage. Most people are interested in all the brand-new animals, which include piglets, lambs, calves, baby goats and sweet little chicks and downy ducks. Our genial farm staff runs daily Behind-The-Scenes Farm Tours (in a hay wagon, of course!) that culminates with visitors getting up-close and personal with the baby animals.Advance registration is required for the special tour.

trash to treasure
May 02, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - June 06, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Trash to Treasure features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Museum art instructor, Peggy Steinbach invites you to spend an Earth-friendly afternoon at the Museum. Programs are scheduled on Saturday: May 2 & June 6.

cinema sunday
May 03, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - June 07, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   This program takes place on the first Sunday of the month (May 3 & June 7). The film series features documentary film topics on natural and social history, science, ecology, artists and art movements plus a selection of some popular family feature films. May 3: The Way We Get By The Way We Get By is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters – a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into an unsettling, compassionate and inspiring story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. Seeking out the telling detail rather than offering sweeping generalizations, the film carefully builds stories of heartbreak and redemption, reminding us how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside, More important, regardless of your politics, “The Way We Get By” celebrates three unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it. 2009. 84 minutes.

guided nature walk at ann lee pond at shaker heritage site
May 02, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Registration:  Reservations required. For more information, please call 518.456.7890 ext.23 or email

Description:   Join us on a glorious spring morning for a walk around the Ann Lee Pond and Nature Preserve. Observe beautiful indigenous plants as they begin to wake from winter slumber and welcome the warm season with the resident wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the lovely views. The trail is mostly flat but there are roots and branches that may hinder some walkers. Please bring bug spray and plan to perform a tick check after the walk. This program may be canceled due to inclement weather. $5.00 suggested donation.

shaker cheese basket workshop with sandy salada at shaker heritage site
May 02, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Cost: $37.00
Registration:  Reservations required. For more information, please call 518.456.7890 x23 or email

Description:   Learn to create a three directional weave basket in the Shaker tradition. This style was originally used for curing cheese. Today’s basket works wonderfully for holding bread, muffins, or rolls and looks great hanging on a wall when not in use. This workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and up, no experience necessary. This is a 5-hour workshop. If you are unable to finish your basket, you may schedule additional class time with Sandy for a fee.

shaker museum/ mount lebanon presents: being peacemakers: shakers and pacifism
May 03, 2015 :  12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Cost: $50.00
Registration:  Reservations required. For more information, please contact Wyatt Erchak at 518.794.9100 X220

Description:   An encore Shaking Up Sundays program, this is a repeat of the February 8th discussion on the Shakers’ pacifist beliefs. This facilitated discussion and brunch held at the home of Jeff Daly in Ancram, Columbia County, New York is a part of Shaking Up Sundays, a program series focusing on some of the radical ideas developed by the Shakers in the early 19th Century.

This week at the museum
shaker heritage society open house/barn centennial celebration
May 20, 2015 :  4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.


On this date 100 years ago, the Shakers raised the new Church Family barn. Join the Shaker Heritage Society for a special open house to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this beautiful and historically significant barn. Light refreshments will be served and information about volunteer opportunities will be available.

Shaker Heritage Site is located at 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY 12211 (Directions)

Family Program
creative art day
May 09, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - June 13, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Families are welcome to join Art Instructor, Peggy Steinbach for a creative art activity based on the following Museum exhibition: March 14: Represent:Contemporary Native American Art, Crossroads April 11: CANstructionTerrace Gallery May 9: The Shakers Exhibition Hall & June 13: Best of SUNY, West Gallery

family fun day
May 16, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
Description:   Check with Main Lobby Desk on day of event for theme and location. Each third Saturday of the month, the Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.

cinema sunday: milton glaser: to inform & delight
June 07, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   This program takes place on the first Sunday of the month. The film series features documentary film topics on natural and social history, science, ecology, artists and art movements plus a selection of some popular family feature films. June 7: Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight profiles the artist Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo, teacher, and humanitarian. Interviews with Glaser are arranged to take him through a rough chronology of his life: study at New York High School of Music and Art and at Cooper Union, a seminal stay in Italy, his marriage, and his various partnerships - founding Push Pin Studios and "New York" magazine, designing Grand Union supermarkets, and working with "The Nation." Interspersed are examples of his work. Glaser is, throughout, charming in manner, memorable in his observations, and generous of spirit. 2009. 73 minutes.

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection
May 16, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Registration:  Reservations required. Space is limited, please register by Friday, May 8th with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email
Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   The State Museum's collection of Shaker materials includes several thousand artifacts, only a small portion of which can be seen in the current exhibition. In this behind the scenes tour, visitors will see Shaker artifacts in the museum's collection storage, and explore what made Shaker craftsmanship internationally admired.  

n.y.s. museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: a new look at some old valleys in the st. lawrence lowlands, northern new york
May 06, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Recent advances in the geographic information sciences (GISc) have forever changed how geoscientists understand the origins of Earths landforms (geomorphology). Join geoarchaeologist, Julieann Van Nest as she explores the origins of distinctive landforms in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties formed by mega floods at the close of the last ice age. Many of these natural landscape elements came to play an important role in the archaeological history of the area as well, serving as way-point markers on an overland trade route from the Black River Bay of Lake Ontario into mineral-rich areas of the Frontenac Arch region.

heaven on earth: architecture tour at shaker heritage society
May 13, 2015 :  6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Registration:  Reservations required. For more information, please call 518.456-7890 ext.23 or email

Description:   Among other things, the Shakers were known for their planned communities and simple, yet beautiful, architecture. They strove to create a “heaven on earth,” constructing a physical example of some of their deep-seated values – simplicity, uniformity, perfection. As a result, a distinctly “Shaker style” emerged. Explore Shaker building practices and the evolution of the Watervliet community on this guided walking tour, which includes access to three buildings generally closed to the public. $5 suggested donation

 the enfield shaker singers performance
May 16, 2015 :  3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater

Join us for a discussion and performance by the Enfield Shaker Singers. This group is dedicated to the goal of discovering, leanring, and presenting the music of the American Shakers. FREE  

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