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Friday, April 1, 2011

NO FOOLIN' - Yet another speaker change

Christine Ward to Address Albany Roundtable on 4/13
New York State Archivist and CEO of Archives Partnership Trust

ALBANY, NY – April 1, 2011 – Christine Ward, head of the New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 13.

Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

The New York State Archives holds many of the oldest and most important archival treasures in the nation. Established in 1971 and opened to the public in 1978, the NYS Archives is a program of the State Education Department, with its main facility located in the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

The Archives Partnership Trust, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 to build an endowment and provide project support to enhance humanities programs, increase access to these outstanding treasures, and continue the preservation of New York's historical records.

Ms. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in history from Russell Sage College in Troy and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Albany. Under her leadership, the State Archives facility has been completely renovated to include state-of-the-art storage for its 200 million records and modern public service space, and it has received nearly $3 million in federal grants for preservation and access work.

Reservations for the April 13 luncheon are required by Monday, April 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30.

All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a pair of passes to the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard Show House which opens on May 3 in Loudonville.

Advance-sale tickets will also be available for the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the University Club. The event will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a presentation by Visiting Speaker Janet Flammang, the author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society, (University of Illinois Press, 2009.) The book explores the idea that table activities – the mealtime rituals of food preparation, serving and dining – lay the foundation for a proper education on the value of civility, the importance of the common good, and what it means to be a citizen. Tickets are $30.

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