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Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay.

The new book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.

The Borscht Belt presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of the Borscht Belt era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant.

Scheinfeld has two book events in Albany this week -- one at the Colonie Library tonight sponsored by SUNY Albany Judaic Studies and another on Friday evening as part of a special presentation for the NYS History Conference at the NYS museum from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. 

Stephen Burt
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  Stephen Burt, “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation” (The New York Times), will read from and discuss his new book, The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them on Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m. in the Huxley Theatre, New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, Madison Avenue in downtown Albany.

Earlier that same day at 4:15 p.m., the author will hold an informal seminar in the Standish Room, Science Library on the UAlbany uptown campus. Free and open to the public, the events are sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the Friends of the New York State Library.

  Hudson Valley Ruins is a photography and architecture exhibition at The New York State Museum based on the work of Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi.

Their 2006 book, Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, studies the region's forgotten cultural treasures. In addition to great river estates, the book profiles sites more meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches and hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills and train stations.

The show is on display at The New York State Museum through December 31st and this Saturday the artists will be on hand for a guided tour and book signing. 

Fifteen teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum  last night.

Now, this year’s CANstruction Play themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is under way. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 100,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The sixth annual Capital Region CANstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome CANstruction President Sara Stein, and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

Ginger Strand will talk about her new book The Brothers Vonnegut, a biography of major American author Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard Vonnegut, a research scientist at General Electric in Schenectady and long-time professor of Atmospheric Science at the University at Albany.

Strand will present a talk about the book as the keynote lecture of the Researching New York Conference, at 7:30 tonight in the Clark Auditorium of the NYS Museum in downtown Albany.

The New York State Museum's exhibition galleries will soon be getting a facelift. The master plan calls for 35,000 square feet of new exhibitions, a changeable wall system and new interactive technology and media.

The renovated galleries will tell the stories of New York State's history in ways they have never been told before. The Museum's new exhibition galleries will tell that story using their world-class collections and the extraordinary collections of museums across the state.

New exhibitions will link to existing exhibitions, such as the World Trade Center exhibition, the Cohoes Mastodon and Native Peoples of New York Hall.

New York State Museum Director Mark Schaming joins us this morning to give us the details.

New York State Museum

    The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, and the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, as well as the State Library and State Archives, will present a major exhibition, The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries, detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History.

Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum and the exhibition opens tomorrow, November 15th.

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The New York State Museum in Albany is celebrating an important find on this Martin Luther King Day — a recording of a 1962 speech by the civil rights leader that hadn’t been heard since it was delivered in New York City. The museum received a reel-to-reel tape of the speech celebrating the 100 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the late 1970’s, but didn’t hear it until this past November. Museum director Mark Schaming says it’s a landmark moment for the museum.

    Weather Event from the Burchfield Penney Art Center is now on display at The New York State Museum through February 23, 2014 in the West Gallery at the NYS Museum.

Weather Event focuses on Charles Burchfield’s depictions of the weather south of Lake Erie, where the artist lived for most of his life. Individual weather events are examined through both an artistic and scientific lens.

The exhibition presents the dramatic and complex natural phenomenon chronicled in more than 50 years of Burchfield's writings, drawings and paintings.

To tell us more – we welcome Mark Schaming, Director of New York State Museum, Anthony Bannon, Director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and Tullis Johnson, Curator and Manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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On Saturday, September 21st, nationally acclaimed folk musicians Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Kim & Reggie Harris will perform at Tenting Tonight: Music of the Civil War, a concert event part of the New York State Museum exhibit An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State and the Civil War.

WAMC's Lucas Willard recently spoke with Jay and Molly about the exhibit and upcoming performance.


The concert will be performed at the Clark Auditorium at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    

  This year is the third annual Capital Region CANstruction event and involves 10 teams challenged with building structures that would fit the Capital Region Canstruction 2013 theme of “Can You Imagine?”

   The 22nd Annual New York in Bloom takes place this weekend at The New York State Museum in Albany, New York. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the Museum’s educational programs for children.

Garden club members, professional designers, interior designers and floral enthusiasts from the Capital District and beyond will create unique floral arrangements that complement and interpret the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Gordon Parks

A new exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks opens on Saturday at the New York State Museum.

Gordon Parks: 100 Moments showcases six decades of Parks’ photographs, including numerous never-before-seen images and Parks’ most famous photo, “American Gothic, Washington, D.C”. On display at the State Museum through May 19, 2013, the stunning visual collection is organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Director of the NY State Museum, Mark Schaming, joins us to tell us more.

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The preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a document that put in motion the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, will have a temporary home in the New York State Capital for two days.

The four-page draft of the document, handwritten by Abraham Lincoln, will be on display at the New York State Museum. The exhibition offers an unprecedented display of the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln’s handwriting and includes historical background and interpretation of the document.