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This week at the museum

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

Location:  Kids' Cove
Description:   Wednesdays: October 29; November 12 and December 10, January 14 & 28; February 11 & 25; March 11 & 25. 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
November 07, 2014 :  11:00 A.M. - December 05, 2014 :  11:45 A.M.

Location:  Kids' Cove
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.

Family Program
trash to treasure
November 01, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - February 07, 2015 :  3:00 P.M.

Location:  Classroom 2-3
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.

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

Location:  Huxley Theater
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)

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".

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

Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace
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
November 15, 2014 :  1:00 P.M. - December 06, 2014 :  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: 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

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

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
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.

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

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
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.

Guided Tour
focus on nature x i i i
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 York's Shaker communities.

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

Location:  Museum Lobby
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
Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
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.

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries
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: lasting impact: the waterford flight
November 12, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater
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.

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.

Music Event

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

Location:  Museum Exhibit Galleries

Professional musicians will play a wide array of classical music from throughout the ages through current incarnations in the museum’s exhibit halls. 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.

Metropolis Hall and Adirondack Hall ᆰ Families ᆰ Free Program

Special Talk
  civil war history: special presentation by harold holzer and double book signing

November 24, 2014 :  7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location:  Huxley Theater

Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, will speak about the Civil War, his new book on President Lincoln and the catalog for the State Museum's 2012 award-winning Civil War exhibition.

Holzer offers an original, provocative, and timely view of America's most revered president in LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS: The War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster). The Museum will also unveil its own catalog for the 2012/14 award-winning exhibition, An Irrepressible Conflict: the Empire State in the Civil War (SUNY Press). Both books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

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.

Location:  Fourth Floor - Terrace
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.

Location:  Huxley Theater
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.

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