4th Annual Gala at Cornerstone at the Plaza, September 13th

Please join us on September 13th at 6pm for our Harvest Gala! Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Cornerstone at the Plaza and raise a glass to history! It is our Gala tradition to honor a community member for their work on behalf of Albany history. We are pleased to announce that the ACHA will honor Norman Rice, past Executive Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art, at the 2018 Harvest Gala. As you well know, Norman is a local legend. He came to Albany fresh out of Harvard College in 1953 to take a curator position at the Albany Institute of History of Art. By 1967, he was the Executive Director, and under his leadership the Albany Institute gained national recognition for its exploration, evaluation, and promotion of the art and material culture of the Hudson River Valley.

While serving as Albany City Historian between 1966 and 1987, Norman earned a reputation as a skillful booster of local history. Over the decades, he generously shared his expertise in art conservation and museum collections with the many nonprofit organizations that steward Albany’s cultural heritage. Norman has also modeled volunteerism, serving as a trustee or a chairman for several nonprofit organizations. Today, Norman claims the unofficial title of longest serving board member of the Albany Rural Cemetery: he was appointed in 1967.

Gala Honorary Committee 

(as of 8/2/18)

Phyllis Attanasio and Thomas M. Freeman
Marty and Dena Bannan
Donna Ann Bartlett
Keith Bennett
Carol Bullard and Worth Gretter
Jennifer Dorsey, PhD and George Nisbet, LCSW
Claudia Engelhardt
Anthony Esposito
Karl E. and Carol A. Felsen
Carol Anne Germain
Maeve McEneny Johnson, Discover Albany
Mrs. Paula Hemmings
Lynda Karig Hohmann, PhD, MD
Jay Harold Jakovic
Eric and Priscilla Johnson
Joanne Justice
Matthew Kirk
Keith C. Lee and James M. Gaughan

Paula Lemire
Michael and Susan Moyle Lynch
Ursula MacAffer
Kenneth P. Mortensen, Jr.
Lisa G. O'Brien
Jeneeta C. O'Connor, Esq.
H. Donna Passaretti
Josey Twombly
Linda W. Weiss and John H. Breeze
Walter R. Wheeler and Paul Selzam


We hope you will join us for a fun-filled night of celebrating our community's history! 

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If you cannot join us at the 2018 Harvest Gala, please consider honoring Norman Rice’s achievements by making a generous donation to the Albany County Historical Association in his honor. All gifts made in his name will be restricted to preserve the Ten Broeck Mansion and underwrite the Association’s conservation and collections management efforts, including updating our collections database and funding interns to continue our work on New York Heritage, a digital collections database that increases public access to our photo and archival collections.