albany1.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- When New York State celebrates it first Heritage Weekend on Sept. 12 and 13, the place to be is Albany. “Many of our great attractions are offering historically themed events, reduced admissions and more to celebrate our unique cultural heritage,” said Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We encourage everyone to explore Albany and to discover its very rich history during Heritage Weekend,” Ms. Vennard said. Throughout the two-day celebration: 

  • The New York State Museum Exhibition Hall features “1609”.  The exhibit tells the story of when two worlds collided in 1609 as Henry Hudson and the Dutch sailed up the great river to meet the Native People of New York. Free.


  • Schuyler Mansion is open for tours at 11 a.m., 12 Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Sunday, tours will take place at 11 a.m. and 12 Noon only. Free.


  • Ten Broeck Mansion, an historic house museum owned and operated by the Albany County Historical Association, is open for tours. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.


  • The USS Slater has tours with rates 50% off during Heritage Weekend. Regular rates are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-14.


  • The Albany Institute of History and Art offers half-priced admission throughout the weekend, On exhibit is a special salute to the Quadricentennial -- “Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art, and Culture.”


  • The Albany Aqua Ducks have historic tours of the city. Led by Henry Hudson re-enactors, the tours offer a first-person account of Albany as seen by its discoverer. Admission for all tours is reduced by $2.

 Among the special events on Saturday only are: 

  • At Riverfront Park in Corning Preserve, Albany’s 8th Annual Jazz Festival features a dazzling line up of jazz greats, children’s activities, and refreshments. Free.


  • Historic Cherry Hill has two special curator’s focus tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that highlight the site’s collections and architectural elements from the 18th century and Colonial Revival periods. Free.


  • The New York State Capitol has a special tour entitled, “Looking for Henry Hudson.” This Quadricentennial-themed tour will find Henry Hudson, Robert Fulton and Samuel de Champlain commemorated on the Million Dollar Staircase and at other locations in the building. Tours are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations at 518-473-7582. Free.


  • In conjunction with the Capitol Tours,   the New York State Executive Mansion will have special tours at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations at 518-473-7582. Free.


  • The New York State Museum has “Dutch Delight,” an opportunity to design and paint a Dutch tile from 1-3 p.m. Participants also will explore the “1609” exhibit. Pre-registration required by Sept. 9 by calling 518-473-7154. Free for Museum members. $5 fee for non-members.


  • Crailo State Historic site has an Open House and Harvest Fair with an oxen team, 17th and 18th Century re-enactors, an 18th century magic show and more. Crailo recently opened a new permanent exhibit that examines the 17th century Dutch settlement of Fort Orange. Free.


  • Ten Broeck Mansion will host a lecture by Gloria Wadron Hulke, author of Manhattan Seeds and The Diary of the Northern Moon which focuses on the author’s Dutch ancestors who settled in New York in the 17th century.


  • The Annual Open House at Peebles Island in Cohoes, New York State’s Historic Preservation Headquarters, is underway from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

 On Sunday, more events are planned including: 

  • The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, which is operated by the ACCVB, is offering an 18th Century Albany Walking tour, led by professional archeologists and architectural historians. Free.


  • At the Cedar Hill School House Museum in Selkirk, “Bethlehem’s Hudson River Heritage,’ is an exhibit that explores the Town of Bethlehem’s relationship to the Hudson River.


  • ·         The New York State Museum has an art project for children, “Trash to Treasures” from 1-3 p.m. Free.


  • Schuyler Mansion has the Musicians of Ma’alwyck in concert, exploring Thomas Cole’s love of music. Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting.  Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students.


  • The Albany Institute of History and Art has a reading from “The Firekeeper" -- an 18th century adventure story at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m., Sara Johns Griffen, president of The Olana Partnership, will lecture on “The Hudson Valley Scenic Landscape”.


  • Crailo State Historic Site has a special program from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., Native American Technologies. Free.


  • The Watervliet Arsenal Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special demonstrations of a 19th century machine shop and working models of inventions from the Industrial Revolution. Free.

 The Heritage Weekend is under the auspices of the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. For more information about Heritage Weekend, visit  Heritage Weekend takes place during the 10th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble that has special events on all four weekends in September. About the ACCVB 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. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. 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 CONTACT: Michele Vennard (518) 434-1217 x300