Friday, October 24, 2014

NYSHM #8 - History Hunt Party - 11/21

New York State History Month was established by an act of the Legislature in 1997. But for many years, people have been lamenting the lack of programming to mark History Month, including New York State Historian Robert Weible who asked in a blog post, “Is New York State History Month Dead?” With a tip of the hat to Mark Twain, we’d like to say that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. 

On Friday, November 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the University Club of Albany will host a party for participants in the 3-week long History Hunt. 

Players download a free app for their mobile device, and complete tasks based on clues about local history. Tasks include taking pictures, scanning QR codes, checking in at specific locations, and answering questions about Albany’s history, architecture, industry, and residents. 

The app, called Scavify, may be downloaded through iTunes or GooglePlay. Players use the app to complete tasks, get points and earn rewards. Players can see where they rank in the hunt by viewing a real-time leaderboard within the hunt screen, and as players upload photos, they are displayed in a scrollable photostream that everyone in the hunt can view, “Like,” and comment on.

The History Hunt is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area. 

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support for this event is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

There is no cost for the party but reservations are required. Reservations for the November 21 event are required by Wednesday, November 19 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to; or online at .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit .

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