The Albany County Historical Association, which operates the historic 1798 Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany as a museum and gardens, has announced new fall art, history, and garden workshops.
On Saturday September 9 from 10:30 – 11:30 am is the 4th Annual Jamming in Arbor Hill Festival. The free program harvests Concord grapes from the Ten Broeck Mansion’s own grape arbor and participants learn how to make grape jelly, with free taste testing. Free recipes and consultations on making jams and jellies for adults available.
Also Saturday September 9 from 12:30-2:30 pm is the art workshop “Seeing the Fall Garden” with artist Sara Pruiksma. Albany County native Sara Pruiksma is a mixed media artist, with interests in painting, sculpting, and cultivating a greener environment. Pruiksma is the Curatorial Assistant at the Albany International Airport in the Art & Culture Program, and received her MFA from the State University of New York and graduated with her BFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design. Workshop includes a historical tour of the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens. Workshop is $10, and ACHA members are $5.
On Saturday September 16 from 12-1:30 pm is a “Pressed Flower Workshop.” Participants will learn how to select flowers from the Ten Broeck gardens and preserve them in the tradition of 19th century herbariums. Workshop includes a historical tour of the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens. Workshop is $10, and ACHA members are $5.
On Friday September 22 from 10:30-12:30 am, Albany artist Shirley Clarke will present a Portraiture Workshop for participants of all skill levels. Workshop is $10, and ACHA members are $5.
On Saturday September 30 from 10:30-11:30, Tulip Planting Day. Families are invited to learn about the history of tulips and plant bulbs in the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens. Free take-home tulip kits. Free family program.
On Saturday October 21 from 12-1:30 pm is “Autumn Blues: Cyanotype Workshop.” Participants will learn about the history of this early photographic process and make their own cyanotypes and garden journals. Workshop includes a historical tour of the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens. Workshop is $10, and ACHA members are $5.
On Saturday October 21 from 10:30-11:30, is the 4th Annual Fall Scavenger Hunt at the Ten Broeck Mansion. Free to families. Learn about trees and how they prepare for winter. Free school supply and book give-away. Books courtesy of the RED Bookshelf.
Registration is via the Ten Broeck Mansion’s website: www.tenbroeckmansion.org. The ACHA was founded in 1942 to preserve, present, promote, and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County and has operated the Ten Broeck Mansion as a museum since 1948. The four-acre museum site includes the Mansion, gardens, and exhibit and gallery space at King’s Place.
Ten Broeck Mansion is located at 9 Ten Broeck Place in Albany, NY.
Illustration: Sara Pruiksma’s “Where We Once Stood,” (detail) cardboard, glue, epoxy resin, acrylic on recycled ceiling tile 12.75 x 23.75 x .5” 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.