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New York State Museum Announces June Public Programs

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

The New York State Museum announces its upcoming programming for June, offering educational opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages. Through special programs, including events, lectures, exhibits, and a host of online resources, children, families, educators, and students can experience art, science, and history in a fun and engaging way. As indicated in each listing, the following upcoming free programming is available in person or online.

LGBTQ+ Stories in Our Galleries

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 12 PM | Museum Lobby | Free
Sunday, June 30, 2024 | 2 PM | Museum Lobby | Free

Throughout our history, New Yorkers have led the charge for equality, including fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals. In 1969, a spark was lit in the already growing gay rights movement at the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, New York City. As the movement grew nationally over the next few decades, New Yorkers participated in activism across the state, from the struggles of Gay Liberation through the AIDS crisis to the successful fight for marriage equality in 2011. Join Senior Historian Ashley Hopkins-Benton as she highlights a few LGBTQ+ stories in the New York State Museum’s galleries.

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Searching for Timbuctoo, a film by Paul Miller

Saturday, June 15, 2024 |10 AM – 4 PM | Huxley Theater | Free

In 1846, New York State enacted a law requiring African American men to own $250 worth of property to vote. To circumvent this unjust law, radical abolitionist Gerrit Smith gave away 120,000 acres of land in Essex and Franklin Counties to 3,000 free Black men, thereby qualifying them to vote. Searching for Timbuctoo tells the history of this forgotten settlement and New York State on the brink of the Civil War. It follows an archaeology team looking to unearth evidence of the community. (The 55-minute film will run on a loop throughout the day.) Join us for a showing of Searching for Timbuctoo (2021), a film by writer and photographer Paul Miller.

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Gallery Tour Unveiled: Wedding Wear in New York, 1910s–1940s

Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 2 PM | New York Metropolis Hall | Free
Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 12 PM | New York Metropolis Hall | Free

In choosing their wedding clothes, brides and grooms are influenced by fashion, economics, technology, religion, geography, celebrity, personal taste, and their role in society. This was as true in the past as it is today. Wedding clothing holds memories; pieces—dresses, shoes, suits, and headwear—are often preserved and passed on to later generations. A couple’s choices reveal information about both the individuals who wore them and those who made them. Some garments, like those exhibited here from the 1910s to 1940s, find their way to museum collections. Unveil these stories with Exhibit Curator Connie Frisbee Houde as she highlights pieces from the exhibit Unveiled: Wedding Wear in New York, 1910s–1940s.

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All That Has Disappeared: Latinxs and Urban Redevelopment, 1937-1962 A Lecture with Dr. Pedro A. Regalado, Stanford University

Thursday, June 20, 2024 |7 PM | Huxley Theater | Free

Pedro A. Regalado is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, where he researches and teaches the history of race, immigration, planning, and capitalism in urban America. His first book, Nueva York: Making the Modern City, is a history of New York City’s Latinx community during the twentieth century, from the “pioneers” who arrived after World War I to the panoply of Latinx people who rebuilt the city in the wake of the 1975 fiscal crisis. Across a range of topics, from urban renewal to the rise of Latinx bankers, US military operations in Central America to drug workers who repurposed tenement buildings, Nueva York demonstrates how the democratic ideals of the city hinged, in large part, on the experiences of Latinx New Yorkers. Regalado’s work has been featured in the Journal of Urban History, Boston Review, The Washington Post, Platform, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Books. Before coming to Stanford, Regalado was a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City’s Washington Heights.

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Cabaret for Kids Presented by The Pride Center of the Capital Region

June 22, 2024 |12 PM - 2 PM| Huxley Theater | Free

Frieda and Carmie will host a fun-filled show and event with songs, games, prizes, and sing-alongs for kids of all ages.

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The State Museum is a program of the С’s . Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. For additional information, visit the .