This week at the museum

Children's Program
rain or's reading time!
September 24, 2014 :  10:30 A.M. - December 10, 2014 :  11:15 A.M.

Description:   Wednesdays: September 24; October 8 and 29; November 12 and December 10 Read a story with Museum staff and visit a special exhibit to learn more about New York State. Free program for preschool age children.

story art
October 03, 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 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.

Family Program
family fun day
September 20, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - October 15, 2014 :  4:00 P.M.

Description:   3rd Saturday of every month The Museum offers fun for the whole family with games, crafts, and other theme-based activities. Saturday, September 20: Harvest Time Saturday, October 18: Nature is Art

trash to treasure
October 04, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - November 01, 2014 :  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, October 4 and November 1.

cinema sunday: call of life: facing the mass extinction
October 05, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   Call of Life is the first feature-length documentary to fully investigate the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. Featuring leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others, the film explores the scope, the causes, and the predicted global impact of a mass extinction occurring on a scale not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Recommended for teens and adults. (60 minutes)

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

Registration:  Please register with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email
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.

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.

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.

This week at the museum
Children's Program
carousel craft
November 22, 2014 :  1:30 P.M. - 2:15 P.M.

Description:   Make a paper carousel in honor of the 100th year anniversary of the Museum's Herschell-Spillman Carousel! Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available at the Museum front desk on a first come, first serve basis. This activity is for children, ages 5 and up.

Family Program
creative art day
October 11, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - December 06, 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: October 11: NY Flag & Coat of Arms November 15: Speicher West Gallery December 6: Shakers Exhibition Halll

national chemistry day: the sweet side of chemistry - candy!
October 18, 2014 :  10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Chemistry Magic show at 1 p.m. in the Clark Auditorium The days activities include interactive chemistry demonstrations, fun hands-on activities and experiments and door prizes. There is also a student-illustrated poetry contest. Create an illustrated poem at the event or bring yours to the Museum by noon. Winners announced at 1 p.m. Categories for prizes are K  2nd; 3rd  4th; 5th  8th and 9th  12th. For more information, contact National Chemistry Week co-coordinators, Mayrita Arrandale at and Tina M. Ovitt at Free and Fun for All Ages.

monster mash and bash
October 25, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - October 26, 2014 :  4:00 P.M.

Cost: $5.00
Description:   $5.00/child, ages 2 and up. Cash only. Toddlers to 10 year olds will laugh, celebrate and have Halloween fun with a host of kooky characters at the State Museum. Join in on the fun with craft projects, storytelling, wacky games and activities, a childrens costume parade, plus much more! Parade times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the 4th floor.

family fun day: special event!
November 15, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Raptor Rapture This annual event highlights endangered birds in New York state. Visitors can view and enjoy live birds of prey, educational family activities and presentations throughout the museum. Family Fun Day partners with Friends of the IBA so people can learn how to help save the grassland areas where these birds make their home.

classical music showcase
November 16, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Professional musicians will play a wide array of classical music from throughout the ages through current incarnations in the museums Adirondack Hall and Huxley Theater. Children, families and music lovers of all ages are invited to this free event to visit the groups, listen to music and learn more about different instruments. This program is by The Albany Musicians Association, Local 14 of the American Federation of Musicians. It is a union of dedicated professional musicians covering every genre of music. Its members can be seen playing in concerts, clubs, weddings, parades, musicals and symphony orchestras both locally and beyond. Performances will be in Huxley Theater and Adirondack Hall at Colvin Tower.

great places and spaces
November 22, 2014 :  12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Celebrating the unique history throughout New York State and highlighting our newest exhibition, Shakers: Quiet Revolutionaries. This years event invites historic sites, organizations and cultural institutions from across the state to share their mission and history through family friendly programming. An array of educational activities, teacher resources and displays will showcase our states legacy.

cinema sunday: american experience: the rise and fall of penn station
November 02, 2014 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   New York's Pennsylvania Station opened to the public in 1910. The station was a massive civil engineering project, covering nearly eight acres and requiring the construction of 16 miles of underground tunnels. No one could imagine that this architectural marvel built for the ages would be torn down a few decades later. Trace the brief life of New York's Penn Station, whose destruction spurred landmarks preservation. (2014. 60 minutes)

Guided Tour
focus on nature x i i i
November 09, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

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.

behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection
November 15, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

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

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

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 York's Shaker communities.

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

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

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.

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.

museum research and collections evening lecture: the friendship hypothesis: murder, mayhem and nature
October 08, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   What does it mean to be human? This is an old and challenging question. How likely is it that we are all inherently selfish, self-centered, intolerant, and aggressive creatures easily prone to violence? And if so, how does friendship fit into such a grim assessment of human nature? This talk will be presented by Dr. John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at The Field Museum of Natural History.

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

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.

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 lecture: lasting impact: the waterford flight
November 12, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   The New York State Barge Canal's "Waterford Flight" is touted as an engineering marvel of its day. Built between 1905 and 1915, the National Civil Engineering Landmark represents much more than just a set of locks. The construction and subsequent use of the Flight changed the social and physical dynamics of the small canal town of Waterford, New York. Join NYS Museum Senior Historian and Curator Brad Utter as he explores the changes that the Flight brought about.

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.

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.

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.

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.

new york state geological survey open house
October 15, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Description:   To highlight National Earth Science Week (, NYSGS is celebrating over 175 years of service with an open house. Since 1836, the NYSGS has served as a center for geologic research for the Empire State. Geologists will present their research, discuss current projects and exhibits and answer questions. Bedrock cores, fossils and maps will be on display. Tours of the Geology and the Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology and Mammals collections will be available at 2p.m. and 3p.m. Please register in advance, by calling 518.474.0575 or email This event will be in conjunction with the NY Counsel of Professional Geologists (NYCPG), the Northeast chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (NEAIPG) and the Hudson Mohawk Professional Geologist Association (HMPGA).

Special Event
along his own lines: a retrospective of new york realist eugene speicher opening reception
October 18, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   Please join us for a reception and tour of the State Museum's newest exhibition highlighting the work of artist Eugene Speicher. There will be light refreshments and time to mingle with Valerie Ann Leeds, PhD and curator, and other guests followed by an exhibition tour led by curator from 2-3 p.m. Copies of Along His Own Line: A Retrospective of New York Realist will be available for purchase and signing by curator following the tour. This reception is open to the public. No RSVP needed.

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.