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Pinkster

  • Dates: May 18, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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    On Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11AM-4PM, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site will welcome visitors for Pinkster. Once considered a colonial Dutch holiday, Pinkster quickly became an African celebration of family, hope, and cultural identity. The day’s festivities will feature musical performances, participatory dance, live music, fabric stamping, and food in addition to other activities, such as Open House tours of Schuyler Mansion with a special exhibit. This event is family friendly and free to the public.

    Pinkster was shaped and developed over the 18th century by cultural traditions originally brought to the Hudson River Valley by people from West and Central Africa and their descendants, who were enslaved by colonists. What was originally a Dutch religious observance evolved into a spring festival at which enslaved men and women reunited with loved ones and friends to form new traditions in storytelling, music, dance, food, and the selection of the Pinkster King.

    Schuyler Mansion is located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End. For information about this or other site events, please call (518) 434-0834, visit https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/schuylermansion, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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