accvb.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - The 12th Annual Albany History Fair to benefit Historic Cherry Hill, takes place Sunday, May 15th at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center from 12-4pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  The event is sponsored by the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Historic Cherry Hill and the Times Union.  The fair is a Heritage Weekend event,, which takes place May 14-15 across New York State. The theme of this year's event is Commerce in New York's Capital City.  Activities will highlight the past and future business development of Albany and include lectures by Assemblyman Jack McEneny; Jeffrey D. Hubbard, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pathology and Albany Medical College Historian; and Laura Schultz, Assistant Professor of Nanoeconomics at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Other activities include a guided walking tour led by Albany City Historian, Tony Opalka; the Hudson River Trading Game for families; exhibits by local historical and community groups; art exhibit by Phil Horender and Erin Brewer; and an exhibit of recycled art for the home and garden by Jason Schultz.  Music for the event will be provided by Fresh Squeezed and Friends. Other Heritage Weekend events taking place within walking distance from the Visitors Center are Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany Aqua Duck tours, and an Open House at St. Joseph's Church. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is located at the intersection of Broadway and Clinton Avenue in downtown Albany.  Free Sunday parking is located behind the Visitors Center via Spencer Street. The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism.  The ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings.  The ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center.  For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/ or visit   Historic Cherry Hill encourages the public to connect emotionally with one Albany family's response to change, in order to gain critical perspective on the past and present.  The museum accomplishes its mission by developing engaging programs and publications based on the site's amazingly intact collections of 20,000 objects, 30,000 manuscripts, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs.  Built in 1787, Cherry Hill was lived in continuously by five generations of the Van Rensselaer family until 1963.


CONTACTS: Kathy Quandt Director of Operations, ACCVB 518-434-1217 x 213, Liselle LaFrance Director, Historic Cherry Hill 518-434-4791,