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JUL-AUG 2017

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4 2 T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E I magine the constant terror of living in a home that needs gun ports and a palisade to deter potential raiding marauders. Or picture the courage required to leave the only life you've ever known to start an experimental religious community. Stories this dramatic abound throughout Albany, New York. Inhabitants have come from numerous intriguing cultures — from ancient Native Americans tribes to wealthy Dutch fami- lies — and differ in every way, except for the place in which they chose to live. To experience these fascinating tales, groups can tour several popular cultural heritage sites in Albany. Your group will leave the New York capital excited to tell friends and relatives about the details of Alexander Hamilton's wedding or the strange worship dances that gave the Shakers their name. B Y E L I Z A M Y E R S A L A N Y G R E W F R O M A N O U T P O S T T O A C A P I T A L THE BRICK MANOR HOUSE AT ALBANY'S CRAILO STATE HISTORIC SITE WAS BUILT IN 1707. Photos courtesy Albany Co. CVB A D A N D Y N E W YO R K S TAT E M U S E U M At the New York State Museum, a full-size replica of an Iroquoian longhouse, prehistoric pottery artifacts and lifelike dioramas help tell the story of the native people who once populated the area. The nation's oldest and largest state museum showcases New York's natural and cultural history through 16 million sci- entific specimens and 1 million cultural objects. One exhibit on the state's Native Americans spans from 10,000 B.C. to the ethnology of today's Native groups. The museum highlights numerous other topics, including the prehistoric geology of the Adirondacks and Harlem culture in the 1920s. Signature exhibits include the skeletal remains of a mastodon excavated in 1866 and the full-size, operational 1912 carousel. "I would recommend reaching out to ask for a guide," said Molly Belmont, director of marketing for the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a great experience. The museum can offer customized tours and supplement other experiences you might be having. For example, it has a wonderfully moving 9/11 exhibit that you can add to a tour of New York City.

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