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This week at the museum

Children's Program
before & after: walking through sequence
July 17, 2014 :  10:00 A.M. - August 21, 2014 :  11:00 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Thursdays: July 17, 24 & 31; August 14 and 21. Join Erica as she teaches young children to understand how things around us change and progress. From tadpoles growing into frogs, and seeds sprouting into flowers, walk with us as we watch the world change. As walking through the Museum will be part of our activity, strollers are recommended. 10 child limit; tickets are free at the front desk. Program is for children, ages 3 and 4.

classifying nature
July 17, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - August 21, 2014 :  2:30 P.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Thursdays: July 17, 24 & 31; August 14 and 21. Join Erica as she teaches young children how to classify living things. Children will learn how to identify animals and objects based on their environments or adaptations. Participation will facilitate the child's understanding as to how and why scientists classify the natural world. 10 child limit; tickets are free at the front desk. Program is for children ages 6 and under.

before & after: walking through sequence
July 18, 2014 :  10:00 A.M. - August 22, 2014 :  11:00 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Fridays: July 18 & 25; August 1, 15 and 22. Join Erica as she teaches young children to understand how things around us change and progress. From tadpoles growing into frogs, and seeds sprouting into flowers, walk with us as we watch the world change. As walking through the Museum will be part of our activity, strollers are recommended. 10 child limit; tickets are free at the front desk. Program is for children ages 3 and 4.

classifying nature
July 18, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - August 22, 2014 :  2:30 P.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Fridays: July 18 & 25; August 1, 15 and 22. Join Erica as she teaches young children how to classify living things. Children will learn how to identify animals and objects based on their environments or adaptations. Participation will facilitate the child's understanding as to how and why scientists classify the natural world. 10 child limit; tickets are free at the front desk. Program is for children ages 6 and under.

design a family coat of arms
July 23, 2014 :  10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Two sessions available: 10 a.m to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Examine the coat of arms and flag of the State of New York, discover the meanings behind the images, and take a close look at local, historic families coat of arms. Once inspired, participants will learn the parts of the coat of arms, then use meaningful imagery to design one for their family! Presented by Museum art instructor Peggy Steinbach. Open walk-in sessions.

life in a tenement
July 24, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Location:  New York Metropolis
Description:   Two sessions available: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Meet at Main Lobby. Come visit the lower east side of New York City at the turn of the last century (c. 1900). Who are the people living there, where did they come from, and what were their hopes and dreams? Imagine yourself as one of these new immigrants. Where would you live or work or play?

print it!
July 29, 2014 :  12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 4
Description:   Two sessions available: Noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Make your own fabric designs using blocks and rollers while learning about colonial textile printing. Create a fabric piece of your own design that can be framed at home. Meet at Main Lobby Desk. Limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first served basis.

art walk, talk and create
July 30, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Three sessions available: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Meet at Main Lobby Desk. Take a walk through the Best of SUNY exhibition and talk about the materials and the different art techniques the students used with Museum art instructor, Peggy Steinbach. Once inspired, participants will create their own art! Limited to 20 per session.

rain or shine...its reading time!
July 30, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - September 24, 2014 :  11:15 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Wednesday, July 30, August 27, September 10 and 24. Read a story with Museum staff and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State.

Family Program
family fun day
July 19, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - September 20, 2014 :  4:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
Description:   3rd Saturday of every month
The Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities.
Saturday, July 19: Sea Shells
Saturday, August 16: Beneath the Sea
Saturday, September 20: Harvest Time


Teacher Workshop
teacher workshop archaeology for the classroom!
July 22, 2014 :  9:00 A.M. - July 24, 2014 :  5:00 P.M.

Registration:  Registration Required
Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Tuesday, July 22Thursday, July 24 Location: New York State Museumpossible field trip Archaeology is a science that reaches into many disciplines making it particularly useful for teaching not only about archaeology but other subjects including the natural sciences, history, math, language arts, geography, social science and the arts. This approach is consistent with the Core Curriculum changes being implemented across New York State. This workshop provides educators with classroom lessons, activities, and projects designed to expose students to the excitement of archaeology that are stand-alone or connect to other curricula. Information about the advantages of object-based learning, using a museum as an educational resource, and applications to the State Learning and Common Core Standards will also be presented. The workshop is open to all teachers although content is particularly geared toward teachers in grades 2-8. More info: www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/teacher/workshops/archaeology/index.html

This week at the museum
Children's Program
focus on nature x i i i
July 31, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Two sessions available: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Explore some of the science behind these some of these beautiful works of art, created by natural and cultural history illustrators to be used in scientific publications. Meet at Main Lobby.

mad science museum: ancient plants and early agriculture
August 07, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Location to be announced. How do we know what Native New Yorkers ate for dinner 1000 years ago? Examine seeds and plant fossils in addition to plant remains in ice age sediments that tell us about ice age habitats. Come explore an open Mad Science Lab with Museum Educator Hatti Langsford. Join in science-based activities related to the Museums collection, scientific research and exhibitions including games, experiments and hands on activities. Science is the process of describing, explaining and predicting natural phenomena; this lab is a hands-on opportunity to participate in scientific research. This program is also available for groups, please contact Hatti at 518.486.4845 or email at hlangsfo@mail.nysed.gov

mad science museum: ancient plants and early agriculture
August 14, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Location to be announced. How do we know what Native New Yorkers ate for dinner 1000 years ago? Examine seeds and plant fossils in addition to plant remains in ice age sediments that tell us about ice age habitats. Come explore an open Mad Science Lab with Museum Educator Hatti Langsford. Join in science-based activities related to the Museums collection, scientific research and exhibitions including games, experiments and hands on activities. Science is the process of describing, explaining and predicting natural phenomena; this lab is a hands-on opportunity to participate in scientific research. This program is also available for groups, please contact Hatti at 518.486.4845 or email at hlangsfo@mail.nysed.gov

shake up your day with shaker herbal infusions
August 19, 2014 :  12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 4
Description:   Two sessions available: Noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. The Shakers knew that herbs had both medicinal and culinary properties. Find out how herbs can help you feel healthy while you make an herbal tea or juice infusion to tickle your taste buds! Limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first served basis.

become a book cover designer or a nature illustrator
August 20, 2014 :  10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Two sessions available: 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Open walk-in sessions. Get inspired to create nature art by viewing the Focus on Nature XIII exhibition. Many of the works on display are used as book covers, book and article illustrations or conservation posters. Join Museum Art instructor Peggy Steinbach in the art room to design a conservation poster, book cover or illustration of your favorite animal! This program is for children age 7 and older.

science or imagination?
August 21, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Two sessions available: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Explore the Native Peoples of New York exhibit and discover the science (and imagination) that went into creating these magnificent life groups.

museum fishing trip
August 27, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   Three sessions available: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Join Museum art instructor Peggy Steinbach on a fishing trip to bring out the artist in you! Participants will observe and make sketches of sea and plant life in Adirondack and New York Metropolis Halls and then settle into the art room to create some underwater masterpieces. For children ages 6 and older. Limited to 20 per session.

focus on nature x i i i
August 28, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Two sessions available: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Explore some of the science behind these some of these beautiful works of art, created by natural and cultural history illustrators to be used in scientific publications.

Family Program
trash to treasure
August 02, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Trash to Treasures features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Join Art Instructor Peggy Steinbach for an interesting video and an Earth-friendly afternoon.

creative art day
August 09, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 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: August 9: Adirondack Woodland Animals and NY State Salamanders, Adirondack Hall

trash to treasure
September 06, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
Description:   Trash to Treasures features an art project using manufacturing mistakes and materials destined for the landfill. Join Art Instructor Peggy Steinbach for an interesting video and an Earth-friendly afternoon.

creative art day
September 13, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 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: September 13: The World Trade Center: Rescue Recovery Response, New York Halll

Field Trip
twilight tour: the best of oakwood cemetery
August 05, 2014 :  6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Cost: $12.00
Registration:  Registration is required. Please call Oakwood Cemetery at 1-800-556-6273 and leave your name and telephone number, how many people including children, and which event.

Description:   Here is your chance to stroll in this 19th C. rural cemetery in the lovely early evening. Well listen to fascinating stories of this 19th C. rural cemetery as we visit lovely monuments for educators, Civil War generals and the founding fathers of Troy. The grave of Uncle Sam, the panoramic overlook, and the Gardner Earl Chapel are included highlights.
This program charges a $12/pp. fee. Registration is required. Please call Oakwood Cemetery at 1-800-556-6273 and leave your name and telephone number, how many people including children, and which event. For more information, visit www.oakwoodcemetery.org Tour fees are payable at the door by cash or check. Children under 12 are free except as noted.

Film
cinema sunday: 2 films
john james audubon: the birds of america  and
the landscapes of frederick edwin church

August 03, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   John James Audubon: The Birds of America
Without formal training as an artist or a naturalist, John James Audubon became the most successful illustrator of American wildlife in the late nineteenth century. Audubon embodied the spirit of American exploration not through discovering new territory, but by cataloguing the natural world. He systematically recorded 435 species of birds native to the American continent in The Birds of America, published 1830-1839. His work displays such technical mastery that it is difficult to believe he was self-taught. He revolutionized the techniques used in naturalist images, and he remains the best-known artist of his kind. (29 minutes.)
The Landscapes of Frederick Edwin Church
Church began his career studying with Thomas Cole in the Hudson River Valley. It was Cole who linked landscape painting to national identity, but Church who popularized landscape painting and raised its exhibition to the level of spiritual experience. At the height of his career, churchs heroic depictions of the natural wonders of the Americas made him the nations most celebrated landscape painter. (29 minutes.)

the second day
September 13, 2014 :  3:30 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   The Second Day is a documentary film done thru a childs eye by a child that was attending his second day of Kindergarten a few blocks from the World Trade Center when the planes struck the Twin Towers. At age 11, Brook Peters decided to make a film about that fateful day and its aftermath to give his fellow students and teachers at Ground Zero area schools a chance to share with the world their experiences. The Second Day is his touching and inspirational documentary, completed when he was 14. The film provides a unique and hopeful perspective on 9/11 through the eyes of young people and educators who lived through it.

Guided Tour
focus on nature x i i i
August 20, 2014 :  12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Location:  Photography Gallery
Description:   Join Museum illustrator and curator Patricia Kernan for a tour of the art exhibition Focus on Nature XIII, a juried selection of cultural and natural history illustrations. The Museum initiated the Focus on Nature series in 1990, and this years exhibition features the work of 71 artists from 14 countries. To be included, art works must represent subjects, research results, and/or scientific processes with skill, accuracy, and aesthetics.

state museum laboratory tour from field to lab to exhibit: behind-the-scenes archaeology at the nys museum
October 07, 2014 :  4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Location:  Museum Lobby
Description:   Meet in Main Lobby ᅠ Adults and Children ᅠ Free Pre-registration is required. Find out what it takes to bring archaeological fieldwork into public view. Participants will learn how archaeologists analyze artifacts and how this information is used in exhibitions, museum reports and to answer research questions. Join staff from the Cultural Resource Survey Program for a behind-the-scenes tour of a working archaeology lab. Examples from recent excavations will be on display. The tour is limited to 30 people and registration is required by Wednesday, October 1st. Please register with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email nlafount@mail.nysed.gov

focus on nature xiii
November 09, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Location:  Photography Gallery
Description:   Meet at the Photo Gallery ᅠ Adults and Teens ᅠ Free Join Museum illustrator and curator Patricia Kernan for a tour of the art exhibition Focus on Nature XIII, a juried selection of cultural and natural history illustrations. The Museum initiated the Focus on Nature series in 1990, and this years exhibition features the work of 71 artists from 14 countries. To be included, art works must represent subjects, research results, and/or scientific processes with skill, accuracy, and aesthetics.

shakers: quiet revolutionaries
November 22, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Location:  South Hall Lobby
Description:   Meet at South Hall Lobby ᅠ Adults ᅠ Free Join exhibitor co-curator, Lisa Seymour on a gallery tour of the Shakers: Quiet Revolutionaries exhibition. Learn more about artifacts that reflect the life, art, and religion of New Yorks Shaker communities.

Lecture
research and collections lecture series: the passenger pigeon, icon of extinction
September 28, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Location:  Adirondack Hall
Description:   One hundred years ago, on September 1st 1914, the world's last Passenger Pigeon died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo marking the demise of a species that once numbered in the billion of birds. What were Passenger Pigeons, and what happened to cause their extinction? Please join Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, New York State Museum Curator of Birds, as he presents this lecture on the life and times of America's "wild pigeon".

research and collections evening lecture series: coming into the country: the first new yorkers and the ice age landscapes of new york
October 01, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   As the Ice Age was nearing its end, early Native Americans colonized the New York region. Dr. Jonathan Lothrop, New York State Museum Curator of Archaeology, discusses evidence for why, when, and by what routes, Native Americans may have migrated to the region. But once there, how did these Paleo-Indian peoples use these landscapes during their seasonal travels? Recent geological and GIS (Geographic Information System) analyses help to project how these Paleo-Indian may have used and traversed these subarctic landscapes to survive in late Pleistocene New York.

museum research and collections evening lectures initiation of an ice sheetice age legacy
October 15, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Over the last 2.8 million years, New York has been visited by more than 22 cycles of glaciation. These glacial icehouse conditions have sculpted the landscape of the Empire State and provided an abundance of natural resources. Join Museum scientist, Andrew Kozlowski as he discusses the origins and geologic record of glacial events.

museum research and collections evening lectures the passenger pigeon, icon of extinction
November 05, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   One hundred years ago, on September 1st 1914, the world's last Passenger Pigeon died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo marking the demise of a species that once numbered in the billions. What were Passenger Pigeons, and what happened to cause their extinction? Please join Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, New York State Museum Curator of Birds, as he presents this lecture on the life and times of America's "wild pigeon".

museum research and collections evening lectures cities under pressure: how the great migration affected upstate new york
November 19, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Senior Historian and Curator of African American History, Jennifer Lemak, will discuss the impact of the Great Migration on New York's Upstate cities. Between 1910 and 1970 over one million southern migrants moved to New York State hoping to improve their lives. The influx of migrants coupled with "white flight", aging city infrastructures, and racism led many to blame the migrants for most of the cities' problems. This lecture will discuss the problems migrants faced, how the cities of Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo responded, and organizations that tried to help the migrants.

museum research and collections evening lectures he came to albany: james hall, america's greatest paleontologist
December 03, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   James Hall was the U.S.' most productive geologist and paleontologist through the 1800s. He had walked from eastern Massachusetts to attend college at the Rensselaer School and was part of the state-wide geological and natural history survey (18361841). He founded and was head of the State Museum until his death in 1898. From his theory of mountain building to his world-wide study of ancient life, Hall made Albany the center of scientific research in Victorian America. This talk is presented by State Paleontologist and Paleontology Curator, Ed Landing.

museum research and collections evening lectures settlement, transportation, and community development in new york
December 17, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
Description:   Roadways are transportation systems that connect people and communities with each other. The establishment of roadways throughout New York during the 18th and early 19th century not only provided a mechanism for people to come to New York but also influenced the settlement patterns of people and commercial development. This talk will discuss archaeological evidence for the establishment of early roadways in eastern and central New York as well as the impacts of the establishment of these roadways on the communities that they were meant to support. This talk is presented by State Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Resource Survey Program, Christina Rieth.

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