This week at the museum

Children's Program
rain or shine...it's reading time!
October 29, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - March 25, 2015 :  11:15 A.M.

Description:   Wednesdays: October 29; November 12 and December 10, January 14 & 28; February 11 & 25; March 11 & 25. 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.

story art
November 07, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - December 05, 2014 :  11:45 A.M.

Description:   strong>Toddlers and Preschoolers - Pick up tickets at the main lobby desk Fridays: November 7, December 5. Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection and creating a fun art project. Themes will be announced on the day of the program.

carousel mobile craft activity
November 30, 2014 :  1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Description:   Celebrate the history, art, and fun of the museum's carousel. Make a carousel mobile to commemorate the Carousel's centennial.

Family Program
trash to treasure
November 01, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - February 07, 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, November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7.

creative art day
November 15, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - December 13, 2014 :  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: November 15: Speicher West Gallery December 13: Shakers Exhibition Halll January 10: Eugene Speicher West Gallery February 14: Black Capital:Harlem in the 20's New York Halll March 14: Represent: Contemporary Native American Art Crossroads Gallery

Thanksgiving Holiday Program
celebrating 100 years of the new york state museum's carousel
November 29, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Celebrate the history, art, and fun of the museum's carousel. Enjoy a day of crafts centered around the carousel, rides for the whole family and history geared towards younger audience members.

preserving the carousel: the history and conservation of the n y s museum's carousel
November 29, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   New York State Museum Historian Emeritus, John Scherer will talk about the 100 year history of the NYS Museums carousel, the efforts to bring it to the museum, and the fascinating, on-going task of conserving it for future generations, while todays young (and young at heart) are able to enjoy this piece of Americas history.

This week at the museum
Children's Program
let's go take a trip
January 03, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.

Description:   The first Saturday of the month 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!

rain or shine ... it's reading time
January 14, 2015 :  10:30 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.

Description:   Read a story with Miss Ann and visit a special exhibition to learn more about New York state. Meet at Kids' Cove.

Family Program
family fun day: native people art
December 20, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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

trash to treasure
January 03, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 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 and Earth-friendly afternoon at the Museum.

creative art day
January 10, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   Families are welcome to join Museum art instructor Peggy Steinbach for a creative activity based on a Museum exhibition. January's exhibit is Eugene Speicher in the West Gallery.For more information, call 518.473.1569 or e-mail Peggy.Steinbach@nysed.gov

family fun day: gems & minerals
January 17, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   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: the shakers: hands to work, hearts to god
December 14, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   A poignant film by Ken Burns portrays 200 years of Shaker Life in America, guided by recollections of three surviving members and archival material. Explore every aspect of a strange, noble sect that produced some of the greatest architecture and furniture in U.S. history. This story of devotion, invention, ingenuity, simple crafts, and dance was filmed at existing Shaker locations, with music re-created from authentic songs. Teens and adults welcome.(2012. 60 minutes)

cinema sunday: chasing ice
January 04, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

Description:   In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Blog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Ireland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. Rated PG-13. (2013. 75 minutes)

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection
December 14, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Registration:  Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or e-mail 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. Space is limited, please register with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email Nicole.LaFountain@nysed.gov.

Holiday Event
taste n y holiday expo
December 07, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Description:   $5/person. Children ages 12 and under are free. Cash only. For five hours the Museum will be transformed into a bustling shopping emporium for the state's finest specialty items, including cheese, chocolates, apple products, hand-crafted beer and wine, maple products, and other edible gifts. Visitors will converge on more than two acres of galleries to shop, sample, and sip-and to find something delectable for every foodie on their list.

kwanzaa celebration
December 26, 2014 :  5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Description:   Celebrate the annual Capital Kwanzaa at the New York State Museum. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrating family, community, and culture. The free community celebration will include a candle lighting ceremony, and African Markerplace, activities for children, and performances highlighting outstanding local talent.

holiday vacation programs
December 27, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - December 30, 2014 :  3:00 P.M.

Description:   Saturday, December 27Sunday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 30 Throughout the 1st Floor Exhibition Halls ᅠ Families ᅠ Free Calling all Museum explorers! Stop by the museum and join in on the fun. Visit the Discovery Place, ride the historic carousel, or see how you measure up to the mastodon. Explore exhibits and make new connections.

Lecture
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.

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.

heaven on earth: shaker architecture
December 14, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Description:   The State Museum's collection of Shaker materials includes several thousand artifacts, only a small p[ortion 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. Pre-registration is required.

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.

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.

Special Event
opening reception of represent: contemporary native american art
December 14, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   Please join us for a look at the newest additions to the State Museum's Contemporary Native American Art Collection. Light refreshments will be served. This reception is open to the public. No RSVP required.