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Annual Albany History Fair: “Lens on Albany”

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Historic Cherry Hill, 523 1/2 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY


BUS: #214–107

The Albany History Fair is back again in Historic Cherry Hill! This year’s theme is “Lens on Albany: The Art & History of Photography in the Capital City.” Highlights include scholar and artist talks, themed tours, hands-on activities, vendors, and more.

The fair is free and open to the public.

The 24th Annual Albany History Fair Lens on Albany: The Art and History of Photography in the Capital City Historic Cherry Hill Sunday, May 7, 12-4 p.m. FREE Join us for the 24th Annual Albany History Fair, Lens on Albany! Experience the art and history of photography in the Capital City over an afternoon of special presentations, themed tours, collection highlights, and immersive activities. Special presentations: – Historian and collector, Stuart Lehman, discusses how the new art of photography changed how people viewed the world in the 19th century—and how the “stereoscope” brought the world right into your parlor in the earliest version of 3D. – Artist Clifford Oliver presents the vintage photo collection that has impacted his work as a photographer. – Lacey Wilson, Public Historian at the Albany Institute of History & Art, Camile Dobbs, Lead Educator at Youth FX, and student photographers discuss “Gordon Parks: My Camera is a Weapon,” a collaborative workshop that mentored students to create original works responding to the photographs of artist-activist Gordon Parks. – Albany City Historian Tony Opalka discusses photography as documentation—and highlights historic photographs of South End streetscapes that have disappeared. – “Minnie’s Picture”—a dramatic monologue in which Cherry Hill’s Minnie Knapp (Jocelyn Khoury) describes what it was like to have her tintype taken. Throughout the Afternoon: -Historic house tours -Collection highlights -Cyanotype (sunprint)-making -Vintage portrait simulations -Music by Friends Union band -Tables and Displays by Capital Region -Heritage Partners and Community -Organizations -Food by South End Grocery Store For more information, visit www.historiccherryhill.org Historic Cherry Hill 518-434-4760 523 ½ S. Pearl Street, Albany, NY

Come to Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 7, 12-4pm to meet heritage and community organizations across the Capital Region!
Albany Institute of History & Art
Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area
Cliff Mealy
Crailo State Historic Site
eba Arts
Friends of Pruyn House
Hear about Here
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
Rapp Road Historical Association
Shaker Heritage Society
South End Neighborhood Specialist Tabora Marcus
Stuart Lehman
The RED Bookshelf
Underground Railroad Education Center
Woman’s Club of Albany
Youth FX


May 7
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm