This week at the museum

Children's Program
n e w: let's go take a trip
March 07, 2015 :  11:00 A.M. - May 02, 2015 :  11:45 A.M.

Description:   The first Saturday of the month (Mar 7, April 4, May 2) 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.

Family Program
trash to treasure
March 07, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - May 02, 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: March 7, April 4, May 2.

Lecture
n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: where north america almost broke apartnorthern new york
March 04, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   In this talk, Dr. Ed Landing, State Paleontologist, describes a newly recognized geological history in northern New York and southern Canada in the interval 560510 million years ago. A thousand mile-long subsiding feature first developed in northern New York and adjacent areas 560 million years ago and then "mysteriously" began sinking again 510 million years agodragging northern New York and Vermont down in the process.

This week at the museum
Children's Program
rain or shine...it's reading time!
March 11, 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
creative art day
March 14, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - May 09, 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

family fun day: shakers
March 21, 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. Check with Main Lobby Desk on day of this free event.

national recorder month celebration
March 22, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   The Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society (HMRS) is a Chapter of the American Recorder Society. In celebration of National Recorder Month, stop by and listen to a diverse group of recorder players making music.

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 join Todd Burdick, former Director of Interpretation and Public Programs from Hancock Shaker Village to find out for yourself!

spring into the museum! school vacation week
April 07, 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!

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 ᆰFamilies ᆰ 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 ᅠ Saturday, April 18 ᅠ 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 ᅠ 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 ᅠ Sunday, April 12 ᅠ 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). Childrens Story Hour at Hancock Shaker Village ᅠ Saturday May 2 ᅠ 11 a.m. Susan Merrill will also conduct a childrens story hour. (included with regular admission) An Artists Talk at Hancock Shaker Village ᅠ Saturday May 2ᅠ 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. - 4:00 P.M.

Description:   Check with Main Lobby Desk on day of event ᆰ Families ᆰ Free 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: fdr 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.

Guided Tour
behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection *tour is full.
March 14, 2015 :  1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Registration:  Space is limited, please register by March 7th with Nicole LaFountain at 518.474.0575 or email Nicole.LaFountain@nysed.gov.
Description:   This tour is full. 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.

behind the scenes tour: state museum shaker collection
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

Lecture
n y s museum research and collections wednesday evening lecture: investigations at atapuerca (spain): insights into our human ancestors
March 18, 2015 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Description:   The Sierra de Atapuerca, a World Heritage Site in northern Spain, has yielded an incredible amount of fossil remains including some of the earliest humans known from Europe. This lecture will highlight the incredible fossils discovered at the site focusing on our human ancestors.

nys 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.

nys 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.

Music Event
opera saratoga, opera-to-go presents the three little pigs
March 14, 2015 :  2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Description:   While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make their homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on huff-proof, puff-proof home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys flimsy homes, they run to their sisters sturdy new brick house quick ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all! Production based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 20 minutes before show time.

Program
shaker museum/ mount lebanon presents: mount lebanon's north house: the history and legacy of a shaker masterpiece
March 19, 2015 :  6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Registration:  For more information, please contact Wyatt Erchak at 518.794.9100 X220
Description:   THURSDAY, MARCH 19 | 6PM National Arts Club, Gramercy Park | $50 | Advance reservation payment required. This illustrated lecture will explore a remarkable building from its construction in 1818 to its demolition in 1973. The Shakers built hundreds of buildings, each uniquely suited to its geography and function. While the village meetinghouse was revered as the architectural center of Shaker faith and practice, the family dwelling house was the building to which individuals felt most attached  their Shaker home. It was where they slept, ate, kept their clothing, and worshiped together as a family in daily religious exercises. The Mount Lebanon North Family Dwelling, often called simply the North House, was one such Shaker home. An interior room is preserved in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information, please contact Wyatt Erchak at 518.794.9100 X220

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 ᅠ 2 p.m.k Shaker Heritage Society ᅠ Adults ᅠ 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 ᅠ 7 p.m. Shaker Heritage Site ᅠ Adults ᅠ $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.