ACHA Announces 2019 Holiday House Events at Ten Broeck Mansion

The Ten Broeck Mansion, home of the Albany County Historical Association, announces its Holiday House 2019 schedule. Shimmering lights, festive trees & bright garlands set the scene at the Ten Broeck Mansion, a historic house museum that welcomes the community as a place to make family memories today.

Ten Broeck Mansion

First Look of the beautifully decorated Ten Broeck Mansion is on December 1 from 3 -6 pm.  Refreshments served.  $5 members / $10 nonmembers

Evening Candle Light Tours highlight the holiday traditions of the 1700s-1800s.  Learn how the Ten Broecks and Olcotts celebrated special occasions, and learn the origins of our holiday traditions today.  December 5 and 6, 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm.   $10 members / $15 nonmembers.

Madrigals Concerts at 2 pm on December 7.  $20 members/ $25 nonmembers.

Open House December 8 from noon-3 pm.  Free and open to the community.

Lecture December 10 at 7 pm.  Author Carlo DeVito shares his research into Jane Austen’s celebration of the holidays.  The author will be available to sign and sell copies of his book, A Jane Austen Christmas.  Free for members, $5 nonmembers.

Ten Broeck Holiday Tea: delicious home-baked holiday treats with tea served in fine china, set in the graciously decorated Mansion.  December 14  1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm. 

Free family program December 21 from 10 am-noon: meet “Sinterklaas” the Dutch St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children.  Learn about Dutch and other cultural traditions for the holidays.  Enjoy a story read by Sinterklaas, and join us for a special holiday art project and cookie decorating experience.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.   Free and open to families.  Recommended ages: 4-14.

December 22 at 2 pm.  Musicians of Ma’alwyck Concert.   Founded by Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, the ensemble specializes in music performed in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. $20 members / $25 nonmembers.

ACHA docents are available at events to share information about holidays in the past, the history of our community, and more.

The Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1798 by Abraham and Elizabeth Ten Broeck.  The ACHA was founded in 1942, and received the 1798 Ten Broeck Mansion as a gift from the Olcott family in 1948, which has served as the ACHA’s home base ever since.  The mission of the ACHA is to preserve, present, promote, and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County.  Its nearly four-acre museum site includes the Mansion, gardens, and exhibit and gallery space at King’s Place.

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