The 2022 Albany History Fair will be held in-person on Sunday, May 1st at Historic Cherry Hill.
An annual tradition for the past 23 years, the fair went virtual during the COVID crisis but returns this year with a full roster of presentations and activities.
The fair’s 2022 theme is Albany and the Gilded Age. The fair will feature scholar’s talks, special tours, costume installations, period music by Friends Union, hands-on activities on “Getting Dressed in the Gilded Age,” games and family activities, vendors, and a teaser performance of one scene from Swept Clean, an original play by Krysta Dennis set at Cherry Hill in 1884.
Among the presenters will be music historian Dr. Christopher Brellochs, who consulted on the HBO series Gilded Age by Julian Fellowes; Hon. Jack McEneny, who will discuss immigration, labor, and politics in Gilded Age Albany; City of Albany Historian, Tony Opalka, on Albany’s trolley system; and the duo Julie O’Connor and Lorie Wies, who will share their research on Albany’s 19th-century free Black community.
The fair will begin at 5 pm and is free and open to the public. Historic Cherry Hill is located at 532 South Pearl Street in Albany. For more information, click here.