As with other fancy goods stores, Pease’s catered to the middle and upper middle class selling highly decorated goods like ceramics, prints, furniture and other decorative household items that progressively thinking people might have wanted to purchase. [Read more…] about America’s First Christmas Card & An Early Albany Department Store
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John F. Gearing’s new book Schenectady Genesis, Volume II: The Creation of an American City from an Anglo-Dutch Town, ca. 1760-1800 (Colonial Schenectady Project, Ltd., 2020) looks back into Schenectady’s history: from the post French & Indian War period, into the War for Independence, and later Schenectady’s own fight for independence from Albany. [Read more…] about New Book Focuses On Growth of Schenectady in 1760-1800
After the 1884 Democratic National Convention closed at Chicago, the nation’s attention turned to Albany, where nominee-in-waiting Grover Cleveland was doing his best not to make news prematurely. [Read more…] about Albany Celebrated Grover Cleveland’s 1884 Nomination for President
Frances Perkins, who served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor in all four terms of his administration, is often credited with designing many of the New Deal’s social welfare programs, including Social Security. As such, she ranks among the most influential women of the 20th Century.
Few however, know that Perkins began her career in the Hell’s Kitchen area of the city of New York, work that as inspired inn part by a chance meeting an Irish Tammany Hall District Leader Tom McManus. [Read more…] about Frances Perkins, One of America’s Most Influential Women, Remains Unrecognized
The Albany County Historical Association has partnered with Confetti Stage to present “A Summer Afternoon’s Dream: Shakespeare Monologues in the Ten Broeck Gardens,” set for Saturday August 22 from 2 to 3:30 pm. [Read more…] about Shakespeare Monologues in Ten Broeck Gardens
USS Slater, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, is expected to depart Staten Island via tugboats on Friday, August 21 at 10:30 am for her voyage back to Albany following shipyard repairs.
The voyage is expected to take approximately 20 hours, but due to traffic on the river it is impossible to predict arrival times. [Read more…] about UPDATE: USS Slater Return to Albany Delayed
This August, the Albany Institute of History & Art is set to present “Voices of HerStory,” a series of public programs exploring diverse perspectives on the women’s suffrage movement and its continuing legacy today. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Presenting ‘Voices of HerStory’ Virtual Programs
Schuyler Mansion, located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End, was the 18th century home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler (1733–1804) and his family.
The Mansion has reopened to the public, by reservation only. All tours will be an Open House (self-guided) format, directed by staff, and limited to 10 people max. [Read more…] about Schuyler Mansion Reopens for Reserved Tours
The Ten Broeck Mansion, home of the Albany County Historical Association, has reopened for tours.
The Mansion is featuring new exhibits in its museum spaces. New exhibits include displays in the 1880s Butler’s Pantry, an exhibit comparing dining in the Federalist period to the late Victorian era, an exhibit on the Ten Broeck Mansion gardens, and display of a historic Dutch family Bible. [Read more…] about Ten Broeck Mansion Announces Tours, New Exhibits
The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 25th. The museum will re-open with new protocols in place to help create a safe environment. [Read more…] about Albany Institute of History & Art Reopening Saturday