10th Annual Celebration

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Celebrating the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's historic voyage, the 10th Annual Albany History Fair has been expanded to four days of exhibits, tours, presentations and fun for all ages from May 1 through May 4 at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue in historic Quackenbush Square. The Fair opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 1 as part of 1st Friday Albany with Images in Oils & Acrylics by George Dowse. Other exhibits featured this evening are a special tulip display, presented by Albany Seedy Gardeners; a scale model of the Half Moon by Harvey Gurien; plus, photos and archival material from the Dudley Observatory. The evening features music by Ray Alexander and the presentation of the 7th Annual Sense of Place Awards. This year's award recipients are: Judy Stacey, City of Albany Gardener; the Albany Institute of History & Art; The Half Moon and Crailo State Historic Site. On Saturday, May 2, the History Fair takes place from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. The day includes exhibits, music by Tamarack, an Archeology Learning Table and the Henry Hudson & His Friends puppet show. New York State Assemblyman and Albany historian John J McEneny will speak about Albany's unique characteristics to kick off the Fair's Quadricentennial theme. Stuart Lehman will give a lecture presentation on the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, while Albany City Historian Tony Opalka will lead a walking tour of downtown Albany's architectural preservation efforts. As part of the day's activities, there will be an open house at St. Joseph's Church and Living History Day at the Ten Broeck Mansion. May 2 is also National Astronomy Day, with 2009 designated as the International Year of Astronomy. The Henry Hudson Planetarium, located in the Visitors Center, is noting the special day by offering a number of activities in partnership with Albany's Dudley Observatory. Activities include the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers and the Observatory's Rising Star interns offering tips on stargazing; the planetarium show, "Let There Be Light;" and free NASA Space Place tattoos and Hubble Space Telescope cards (while supplies last). The Henry Hudson Planetarium is an official NASA Space Place. On Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be tours of the planned restorations at Historic Cherry Hill. Admission is $3 and reservations should be made by calling 518-434-4791. The Ten Broeck Mansion will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. On May 4, a guided Tulip Tour in Washington Park gets underway at 11 a.m. The Tour departs from the Moses Statue. Admission is $5 and reservations are required by calling 518-434-0405. The 10th Annual Albany History Fair is presented by the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Historic Albany Foundation and Historic Cherry Hill. For more information about Albany's 10th Annual History Fair or the Sense of Place Awards, contact the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at 518-434-0405 or visit The Visitors Center is operated by the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


CONTACT:  Kathy Quandt, Director of Operations (518) 434-1217 x213,