The exhibition originated at the FullerCraft Museum in Brockton, Mass., which was the largest U.S. producer of shoes during the Civil War and had a thriving shoe industry until the mid-20th century.
Albany's shoe history might not be quite as rich, but Groft said the institute has been fortunate that local families have donated so many terrific pairs of footwear. She estimated 95 percent of the shoes the institute owns have been donated, telling a unique story of the Capital District.
That story will be further celebrated with the Family Shoe Festival on Saturday. There will be tours of the exhibitions at 1 and 3 p.m. featuring an interactive family guide, art-making activities and refreshments. At 2 p.m., the Steamer No. 10 Theatre will perform "Cinderella Tales." All activities, including the play, are free with museum admission.
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