Albany

The Albany Penitentiary

(This article originally appeared at Alloveralbany.com) From petty thief to Lincoln assassination conspirator, if you were a criminal in Washington D.C. in the 1860’s — you were going to be sent up the river. Way up the river. To Albany. The Albany Penitentiary served for decades as the prison for the District of Columbia. A …

The Pearl Street Theatre

Writing in 1867, Joel Munsell described the second permanent theater building in Albany: “The next theatre erected exclusively for the representation of legitimate drama, was the edifice in South Pearl street, now occupied for the same purpose, and known under the sugar-coated appellation of Academy of Music. It was erected by a joint stock company …

Theater in Albany

Despite being one of the oldest cities in the country, Albany existed for almost a century and a half without any theater. Here, as with so many things, we may blame the Dutch. Joel Munsell, in his “Collections on the History of Albany,” 1867, says the first reports of theatricals of any sort were performances …