Sunday, May 5th, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the 20th Annual Albany History Fair—and an afternoon’s adventure into all things literary in the Capital City. Explore Albany’s literary history, learn what local museum collections tell us about how literature impacted the lives of Albany’s past inhabitants, and find opportunities to participate in Albany’s literary scene today.
Here’s a preview of this year’s lineup:
Poetry Performance. A staged poetry reading, performed by actors in the historic house. The readings will be drawn from original works in the Cherry Hill manuscript collections—works written by the bygone occupants of the home—as well as selections from the great English-language poets enjoyed by the Cherry Hill family and their peers.
Van Rensselaer Library Tour. Tour the Van Rensselaer-Rankin family library housed at the Edward Frisbee Center for Collections & Research with Dr. Philip Eppart, rare books expert and professor in the Information Sciences Department at the University at Albany, and Deborah Emmons-Andarawis, Cherry Hill’s Executive Director. The 5,000 books collected by the Cherry Hill family span the sixteenth through the 20th century and represent genres enjoyed throughout that period.
My Life as a Journalist. A conversation with Paul Grondahl, Director of the Writers Institute, award-winning journalist, and long-time staff writer for the Times Union.
Cradle of the Union. A presentation and book signing with Erik Schlimmer, whose acclaimed book tells the stories of the Capital City’s street names.
Bill Kennedy’s Albany. An illustrated presentation by City of Albany Historian, Tony Opalka, on the Albany of William Kennedy’s “Albany Cycle” novels, set in the 1920s and 1930s.
Story Circle for families featuring books by Albany authors and illustrators and picture books from the Cherry Hill collections.
Tours of the 1787 Van Rensselaer home.
Organizational Tables. Heritage partners across the Capital Region.
A reception for Honorary Committee members honoring Pulitzer-winner William Kennedy will be held at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to attend, please sign up and make your donation by following this link: Join the Honorary Committee
“Albany – The Great American Story” is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Stewart’s Shops, the Albany Public Library Foundation, The New York State Writers Institute, and CDTA.