The Albany County Historical Association at the Ten Broeck Mansion have partnered with six other historic and cultural sites throughout Albany County to present Path Through History Day on Saturday, October 8th from 1 to 4 pm.
Registrants will receive a self-guided driving tour with 28 wayside historic sites plus six stops along the 80-mile trip. Bicycle, walking, and shorter tour options available. Participants may visit any of the participating stops from 1 to 4 pm and learn more about their history from historical interpreters.
Starting at the Ten Broeck Mansion is recommended. Free off-street parking will be available in Livingston Avenue parking lot. The map allows participants to explore the following historic themes: Road to Revolution, Gilded Age, History & Landscapes, and Labor & Workers.
At the Ten Broeck Mansion, participants may enjoy free walk-through tours, free kids’ art and exploration activities, and a free family history digitization program from 1 to 3 pm. Participants may meet with researchers from the Dutch Setters Society and Rapp Road Historical Association and consult with museum professionals on how to care for family records, including having select family records scanned to share on a researcher website. Scanning program made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum & Library Services in partnership with the Capital District Library Council. Additional offerings at the Ten Broeck Mansion include posing with a historic Packard automobile and costumed historic interpreters.
Also on October 8th, a series of slide lectures explore African American Family History in Albany County at King’s Place on the Ten Broeck Mansion campus. At 1 pm, Paul Stewart, Founder of the Underground Railroad Education Center presents on the Underground Railroad in Albany. At 2 pm, Kathryn Kosto, Executive Director of the ACHA will present “Hannah’s Family: African American Identity in Albany County” exploring late 19th century history. At 3 pm, Stephanie Woodward, President of the Rapp Road Historical Association will present “The Road to the Promised Land” exploring 20th c. migration to Albany County.
Participating institutions are Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands NY, Historical Society of the Town of Colonie, Colonie NY (presenting Schuyler Flatts), Huyck Preserve & Biological Research Station, Rensselaerville NY, Knox Historical Society Museum, Knox NY (presenting Saddlemire Homestead), Town of Bethlehem Historical Association, Bethlehem NY (presenting Cedar Hill Schoolhouse), and the Rensselaerville Historical Society, Rensselaerville NY (presenting a Historic Gristmill).
For more information or to register, visit the Ten Broeck Mansion website.