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Capitol tour takes visitors through a history of New York

Stuart Lehman, director of education at the State Capitol in Albany, talks about the 1802 Ezra Ames painting of New York’s first governor, George Clinton, during a tour of the building last week. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
Stuart Lehman, director of education at the State Capitol in Albany, talks about the 1802 Ezra Ames painting of New York’s first governor, George Clinton, during a tour of the building last week. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
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There are 17 steps leading up to the western entrance of the New York State Capitol, and 77 on the lower or eastern side. That’s just one of the many fast facts Stuart Lehman throws around during his guided tour of the Albany landmark, which attracts around 30,000 visitors a year. Even more show up in school groups, for special events and self-guided tours, and if you happen to miss a visit with Lehman, you’re ...

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