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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.