This week at the museum

Family Program
"sunny days" on sesame street
March 28, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   Join us for a sunny afternoon and make a colorful mask of your favorite Sesame Street friend. Choose from Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and more! "Chase the clouds away" with your very own Sesame Street friend to take home! Also for the family's enjoyment is our "Sesame Street Revisited" Photo display! The installment of the A train and the Sesame Street exhibit made its debut in the New York State Museum on July 4, 1981. Take a look back in time with newspaper reports and photos of the celebration!

Lecture
n.y.s. museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: mineral resources of new york: past, present, and future
April 01, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   This lecture presented by Marian Lupulescu will focus on the geology, mineralogy, and mining history of iron, rare earth elements, and other commodities such as zinc, talc, and wollastonite deposits found in New York State.

This week at the museum
Children's Program
n e w: let's go take a trip
April 04, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - June 06, 2015 :  11:45 A.M.

Description:   The first Saturday of the month (April 4, May 2, June 6) take a trip and be a time traveler throughout the Adirondack Wilderness, New York Metropolis, Native Peoples' Longhouse and much more. Join a Museum Instructor on a creative adventure and explore all that NY State has to offer! Program features a "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.

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

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.

Family Program
trash to treasure
April 04, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - June 06, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

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: April 4, May 2 & June 6.

shaker music & dance
April 04, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Description:   The Shakers wrote over 10,000 songs throughout their more than 200 year history in America. Those attending this interactive program will learn about the various types of songs, the musicology behind them, and their cultural and spiritual meanings. Audience participation will be encouraged through selected sing-a-long songs and the learning of some simple dance movements used in worship. Ever wonder why they got the name Shakers? Come to this fun and informative hands-on/feet-on program and find out for yourself!

spring into the museum! school vacation week
April 04, 2015 :  10:00 A.M. - April 11, 2015 :  5:00 P.M.

Description:   Spring into action and get ready to explore fun activities that focus on museum exhibitions and New York State. Do not forget to visit the 5th annual Canstruction exhibition on the 4th floor and bring in a canned good to vote for your favorite structure!

creative art day
April 11, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - June 13, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

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 (TBA).

baby animals on the hancock shaker village farm
April 11, 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 www.hancockshakervillage.org/ 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. School groups, home school groups, senior tours, church groups and boy and girl scout groups are all welcome at a special rate. Special activities during Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village Farm include: Family folk music featuring David Grover   Saturday, April 18   11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A concert outside the Round Stone Barn (included with regular admission) Sheep Shearing Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village   Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 Skilled shearers will demonstrate on our Hancock Shaker Villages flock of woolly Merino sheep. So much fun to watch! (included with regular admission) Opening Reception for the Merrill Exhibit, Hancock Shaker Village   Sunday, April 12   4 to 6 pm. The Poultry House Gallery will feature paintings of artist Susan Merrill for the 8th year. Merrill has a unique ability to capture the motion and vibrancy of barnyard animals in her work. Her art is very popular! The Poultry House is open daily (same hours as the historic Village; entrance is included with regular admission). Children's Story Hour at Hancock Shaker Village   Saturday May 2   11 a.m. Susan Merrill will also conduct a children's story hour. (included with regular admission) An Artist's Talk at Hancock Shaker Village   Saturday May 2  4 p.m. Susan Merrill will also present a talk for adults. (included with regular admission)

family fun day
April 18, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - May 16, 2015 :  4:00 P.M.

Description:   April 18th & May 16th. 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.

Film
cinema sunday: f.d.r. part 1 & 2
April 12, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II -- two of the nation's worst crises -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered by many to be our greatest president. In his early years, as a pampered, sheltered scion of a wealthy family, FDR exhibited no outward signs of greatness. With his cousin Theodore as a role model, however, FDR purposely forged a successful political career for himself, until his devastating paralysis from polio seemed to crush his dreams. With the support of his wife, Eleanor, FDR not only recovered, but remade himself into a strong, optimistic national leader. An aristocrat beloved by "ordinary" citizens and despised by many of his own class as a traitor, FDR, for better or worse, forever changed the American people's relationship with their government. The governmental "safety net" he created would be his greatest legacy -- and the source of ongoing controversy today. Part 1 & 2 cover FDR's childhood to winning the presidential election.

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

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.

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection *tour is full*
April 19, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Registration:  Space is limited, please register by Friday, April 10th with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email Nicole.lafountain@nysed.gov
Description:   Pre-registration is required. 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. Space is limited, please register by Friday, April 10th with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email Nicole.lafountain@nysed.gov

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 Nicole.lafountain@nysed.gov
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.  

Lecture
n.y.s. museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: wearing down the catskills: geology, and implications for ecology and waters
April 15, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   New Yorks Catskill Mountains are built of layered sedimentary rocks. Carved by weathering and erosion, a landscape of valleys, ridges and peaks evolved. Through physical, chemical and biological weathering, the bedrock is converted to new sediments, and to dissolved substances in waters and soils. These, along with landscape features, influence the ecology and waters of the Catskills region.

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.

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.

Program
missing persons day
April 11, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Description:   Families and friends of abducted children and other missing persons from across the country will gather at the New York State Museum on Saturday, April 11, to talk about their own experiences and to teach other families how to prevent such tragedies. The event opens to the public at 1 p.m. and is held in conjunction with the annual New York State Missing Persons Day. For further details, call 518.473.2936.

tell us your albany story: a partners for albany stories event at shaker heritage society
April 19, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Sunday, April 19   2 p.m.k Shaker Heritage Society   Adults   Free With this series of eight open-mic story-telling events, the Partners for Albany Stories invite you to share stories about you and your family that relate to the history of Albany. Storytellers sign up on a first-come, first-tell basis one hour prior to the event and have 10 minutes at the microphone to enchant and enlighten the audience. Stories will be video documented for preservation at the Albany Public Library. Interested but not sure what to talk about? Check Shaker Heritage Society website for story suggestions. Interested, know what you want to talk about, but want help with telling your story? Come to a free coaching session one hour before each event. Interested, but don't want to tell a story? Come and listen. This project is sponsored by Assembly member Patricia Fahy. Funding for this project is provided through the Community Projects Fund created by 1996 amendments to the State Finance Law. For more information, please contact 518.456.7890 ext. 23 or email shakereducator@gmail.com. To see dates and locations for other story-telling events, please visit shakerheritage.org.

the shakers and the rise of religious thinking in the antebellum years with special guest speaker vernon benjamin at shaker heritage site
April 24, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Registration:  For more information, please contact 518.456.7890 x 23 or email shakereducator@gmail.com.
Description:   Friday, April 24   7 p.m. Shaker Heritage Site   Adults   $5 suggested donation Vernon Benjamin is the author of The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War (Overlook Press, June 2014). He has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, NY. For more information, please contact 518.456.7890 x 23 or email shakereducator@gmail.com.

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 shakereducator@gmail.com
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 shakereducator@gmail.com
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.

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 shakereducator@gmail.com
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