David C. Lithgow: Albany Artist

A lecture by Robert Mulligan and Randy Patten

Thursday, May 28, 6pm at King's Place- 29 N Swan St.

$5/free for ACHA members

David Lithgow was the foremost Albany Painter during the first half of the twentieth century. This talk will explore the painters work and life in the Capital Region through research and photos of this original pieces.

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ACHA Annual Meeting

Dear Albany County Historical Association Member,

At the direction of the Board of Trustees of the Albany County Historical Association, I am writing to inform you that the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association will be held at 4 p.m. on June 11, 2015. The purpose of this meeting is to elect Officers and Trustees, to receive reports of the Officers and Committees, and for transacting any other business that may arise.

The Nominating Committee, composed of Worth Gretter, Claudia Engelhardt, Eric Johnson, Maeve McEneny and Randy Patten, has nominated the following persons for Trustee (Class of 2018.)

Rachel Bournique, Wendy Burch, Emma Forbes, Maeve McEneny, and Victor Mahoney

Trustees re-nominated to serve an additional three-year term:

Claudia Engelhardt, Worth Gretter, Joanne Justice

Officers nominated to serve a one-year term:

President: Jennifer Dorsey

First Vice President: Paula Hemmings

Second Vice President: Joanne Justice

Treasurer: Stephanie Ferentinos

Secretary: Worth Gretter

The meeting will be held at The University Club, 141 Washington Ave, Albany, New York. Following the meeting will be a reception and meet and greet with our new Board Trustees. The cost of the reception is $20.00 and includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar will be available. If you’d like to attend the reception Please R.S.V.P. by June 8th.


Sharon Calka


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A History of Chess for Kids

Saturday June 20, 1pm

This one's for the young and old alike! Learn about chess around the world from its origins in India, to the brutal days of the 19th century chess, to the refinement of the game in the Soviet Union, to the game changer of chess computers. Coach Ryan will be presenting his personal collection of antique reproduction chess pieces. 

Afterwards the kids are invited to take the Ten Broeck Challenge. Coach Ryan will choose a historical opening, and a tournament will take place where the first several moves will be predetermined. This means you'll need to study your chess history, because he can pick any opening he chooses! The winner of the chess history tournament will receive a trophy and family membership to Ten Broeck Mansion. $5 suggested donation, Reservations strongly encouraged. 

Garden Talks and Teas

In Partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners

Listen and learn about various horticultural topics in our beautiful gardens, and then enjoy a tea and hors d'oeuvres ouside or in our 1798 parlors. Pre-paid reservations encouraged, $15 per person.

Wednesday June 24, 1pm.
“Shaker Herbs and Gardening” by Cathie Gifford.

Wednesday July 22, 1pm.
"Monet's Garden" by Sue Pezzolla

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Albany Archeology Field School

A unique learning experience in the heart of Albany

July 13-17, 2015 daily 8am-3pm. Open to all students in the Capital District entering 6th-10th grade.

Join a team of professional archaeologists from Hartgen Archeological Association, Inc. as they explore the Thomas Elkin's Residence. Elkins was a 19th Century dentist, abolitionist, inventor, and world traveler. The archeological field school provides students the opportunity to learn the scientific techniques of archeological excavation, artifact cataloging, site survey, and mounting exhibits. This five-day curriculum delves into the entire archeological process from hypothesis building to dissemination of scientific results. Campers will also get a "behind the scenes" tour of the New York State Museum and present their findings at an open house at the conclusion of the field school.

Print out our application HERE

For more information contact Jillian Altenburg at jillian@tenbroeckmansion.org or 518-436-9826. Applications and deposits are due by June 1. Scholarships are available. Please do not pay your deposit online without first contacting Jillian for an application.

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Robin Hood

In Partnership with Confetti Stage, Inc.

August 7-16th, various times, price to be announced.

Confetti Stage, Inc. returns to our gardens to present the play, “Robin Hood.” Bring a blanket/chair, a picnic, and the whole family to our gardens to watch the production.

(picture is from last years production of "The Tempest")