The Albany Institute of History & Art was founded in 1791, making it one of the oldest museums in the country. They have over one million items representing the broad history and culture of the upper Hudson Valley area.

Catskill Mountain House Souvenir Paperweight, ca. 1860s

This image is of a souvenir paperweight with an albumen silver photographic print inside. Albumen prints were one of the first methods for producing prints onto paper from a negative. This paperweight dates back to the 1860s and shows the famous Catskill Mountain House of Palenville, NY. The Catskill Mountain House, built in 1824, was a hotel perched over the Hudson River Valley with beautiful panoramic views. Prominent visitors during the second half of the 19th century made the hotel very fashionable, but the Catskills were eventually replaced by the Adirondacks as the preferred destination for the New York elite. The hotel fell into disrepair into the 20th century and was burned down by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1962.

NEBA Roast Beef Sandwiches and Mike's Submarines, ca. 1960s

This image shows part of the region a century later. Mike’s-NEBA shop, predecessor to the Mr. Subb chain [source], was located on the corner of Colvin and Central Streets in Albany. According to several locals, Mike Dence owned a sub shop and named the addition after his dog, Neba. There were multiple locations of the beloved chain around the upper Hudson Valley region.

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