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Tuesday, March 31
starting at 12:00pm unless otherwise noted. 


Conference Capstones

As you head home, stop by one of the local Capital Region museums for a Conference Capstone. 


Transportation is not provided to/from any of the Conference Capstones. 

Pre-Registration required (Cost included in Conference Registration).


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Hands-on learning, data literacy and leveraging assets through partnership CMAS and the CMOST will offer a program teaching data literacy through hands-on learning. CMOST has created a group of non-profits, CCAP, that teach about climate change. CMOST shared lesson created by a NASA funded partnership with CCAP. CMAS and CMOST will present how they used the lesson plans.

Dawn Baldwin, Educational Programs Manager, CMOST

Jessica Bauder, Director of Education, Children's Museum at Saratoga

New York State Education Building Tour SOLD OUT

The New York State Education Building was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes. It originally housed both the NYS Library and the NYS Museum. The tour begins with a look at the architectural elements of the building – including stops at the Liberty Bell replica, the Rotunda, the Regents Room, and concludes with a viewing of the monumental artwork “The Genius of America” in Chancellor’s Hall.  The Building was designed and constructed by the renowned NY architect Henry Hornsbostel and is an example of Beaux-Arts style architecture. It is notable for its massive colonnade consisting of 36 hollow marble columns with terracotta Corinthian capitals. Important interior features of the building include the 94-foot-high rotunda and barrel-vaulted glass skylights and the Guastavino tile vaults. This tour is an opportunity to see inside one of the most magnificent buildings in Albany. 


Carly Benedict, Visitor Services Assistant, NYS Museum

Benjamin Russell, Visitor Services Assistant, NYS Museum

Carl Morrone, Supervisor of Visitor Services, NYS Museum

Innovations in Museum Practice: Tour Behind the Scenes of the Tang Teaching Museum and Engage in a Discussion with Staff

Join us for a tour and a discussion at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, a leading academic museum and well-regarded participant in national investigations of contemporary art, education, and cultural concerns. You will see highlights of the Museum’s 16,500-object collection and gain insights about the Tang’s innovative practices.

Michael Janairo, Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

Ten Broeck Mansion Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Discussion
Immerse yourself in Albany history while exploring some of the challenges and solutions to managing a 4 acre museum site.  The Historic Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany, New York was built in 1798 by Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. Our behind-the-scenes tour and follow-up round table discussion provides a glimpse into life in Albany, New York during the Federalist and later eras.  Our round table discussion after the tour will focus on how the Albany County Historical Association | Ten Broeck Mansion manages the interpretation of a multi-acre, multi-structure site in a city space.  We will examine the interactions between our historic mansion house, gardens, and 1852-56 gallery spaces, and engage in interactive activities with our new exhibit Portraits: Memory & Identity.  Our discussion will examine curatorial choices, developing exhibits with limited budgets, and expanding educational programming for enhanced community engagement and impact.  

TIME: Tour: 12-12:45 pm, light refreshments & discussion: 12:45-2 pm.  

Off-street parking available.  Light refreshments provided.  Maximum 35 people.  

Behind the Scenes at the New York State Museum

Join NYS Museum, Archives and Library staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of collections. This 1.5 hour experience includes NYS Paleontologist Lisa Amati and New York’s paleontological specimens; Art Historian and Curator Karen Quinn and the Museum’s decorative arts collections; and Associate Archivist Andrew Arpey and Senior Librarian Vicki Weiss and state records, manuscripts and special collections.

The maximum number of participants is 45 (three groups of 15).

Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto

Guided Tour of the NYS Canal System

Experience a guided tour of the New York State Canal System's locks and infrastructure at the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals and the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers in Waterford. Five locks and a series of guard gates help the Erie Canal bypass the Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor's historian, Duncan Hay, will provide a narrated tour of this National Historic Landmark system. 

Tour includes Falls View Park & Harmony Mills District, Waterford Flight, Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, the 1897 Mechanicville hydroelectric Plant (the world's oldest 3 phase power plant still in operation), and Champlain Canal Lock C2.

Tour will depart from the Hilton Albany at 10:45 AM and return to the hotel at 2:30 PM.

Lunch is included.

Van Ostrande-Radliff House Hard Hat Tour

12 PM

Take a guided tour of the oldest building in Albany, the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, built in 1728. An urban timber frame Dutch style house, it is the most tangible link to Albany's Dutch past. Historic Albany Foundation is in the process of returning the unassuming little building to its Dutch appearance and conserving later additions. Explore this unique piece of early American history as it is in the process of being preserved for future generations. Checking out the ongoing timber framing restoration, Dutch details, and archaeology done on site. 

Tour will last 90 minutes.




Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence Tour

12- 1:30 PM

The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, a place of resistance, a place of sanctuary, a place of hope for those escaping enslavement and for those engaging with discrimination in their daily lives. The Myers Residence brings to life the work of local Black abolitionists dedicated to working for justice and equity in antebellum America and relates that history with us today. 



Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site - Exploring Multiple Perspectives

12 – 1:30 PM

How might a historic house museum tell a more complete story? Join us at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, where unique approaches have been in practice since 2010 to help bring more voices to the history we share. We will begin at the 1917 Visitor Center, where the 2017 exhibit installation offers visits with six different individuals who lived at, worked at or visited the Schuyler’s home in the 18th century.  Hear about the four additional individuals to be added to this feature soon.  In the mansion, a short, illustrated presentation will illuminate practices and past programs at both Crailo and Schuyler Mansion that have helped pioneer the multiple perspectives narrative in the Capital District Region.  Next, participants will get a sneak peek at an interactive focus tour to debut this spring: Say Their Names: Rediscovering the Enslaved Men, Women and Children of Schuyler Mansion. 


Light refreshments and discussion to follow

Maximum # of participants is 20



The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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