On Saturday, September 16, 2023, Crailo State Historic Site and the Friends of Fort Crailo will present Harvest Faire, a 17th–18th century inspired agricultural faire designed to highlight the traditional fall festivals held in the Hudson River Valley throughout the colonial era. [Read more…] about Crailo State Historic Site’s Harvest Faire Set for September 16th
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The Schuyler Mansion in Albany and Crailo State Historic site , across the Hudson River in Rensselaer, NY, have announced “Salutations of the Season!,” a virtual Twelfth Night celebration set for Wednesday, January 6th, 2021. [Read more…] about Schuyler Mansion, Crailo Hosting Virtual Twelfth Night Celebration
Crailo State Historic Site (also known formerly as Fort Crailo) on the Hudson River in Rensselaer, once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, has reopened to the public.
On Saturday January 6, 2018 Crailo State Historic Site is planned to host their annual Twelfth Night Celebration from 4 to 7 pm.
The evening will include decorations, seasonal music, seventeenth century re-enactors, games, and Hearthside cooking demonstrations. In addition the Marketplace Museum Shop will be open, with a selection of unique items. [Read more…] about Seasonal Celebrations Planned at Crailo, Schuyler Mansion
On April 22, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm, Crailo State Historic Site will host a Pinkster celebration featuring the performance and education group, The Children of Dahomey.
Once a Dutch holiday commemorating Pentecost, Pinkster became a distinctly African American holiday in the Hudson River Valley during the colonial era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, enslaved and free African Americans transformed Pinkster from a Dutch religious observance into a spring festival and a celebration of African cultural traditions. All along the Hudson River and on Albany’s “Pinkster Hill” (the current site of the NYS Capitol), enslaved African Americans reunited with family and friends and celebrated Pinkster with storytelling, food, music, and dance. Other Pinkster traditions, like the selection of the Pinkster King, created opportunities for enslaved African Americans to honor respected members of the community and to subtly mock their white enslavers. [Read more…] about Pinkster Celebration at Fort Crailo Saturday
In the latest episode of the New Netherland Praatjes podcast Crailo State Historic Site Director Heidi Hill chats with Russell Shorto about the history surrounding the settlement of the 17th-century Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, the history of the building itself, and the evolution of the site as a museum. [Read more…] about Crailo Features On New Netherland Podcast
The public is invited to the opening day of Crailofest, a celebration of African culture in the New World, on April 2, 2016.
From 12:30 until 2 pm, Crailo will be open for self-guided exploration of a new exhibit A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World and the permanent exhibit A Sweet and Alien Land.
Two more Crailofest days will take place on May 7 and June 4 with dramatic performances, poetry readings, stringed instrument performances, jazz, dance, art and food.
Crailo’s historic grounds and Hudson River park set the scene for the event which features both 17th and 18th century re-enactors, music, and demonstrations, as well as crafts and games for children. Among the re-enactors are 17th-century Dutch settlers, a tinsmith, a doctor and Native Americans. [Read more…] about Harvest Faire at Crailo State Historic Site
On February 22, 2015 at 1 pm Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer, NY will present “Peter Stuyvesant’s Guide to Style: What to Wear in the Seventeenth Century,” a lecture on the clothing of the Dutch colony of New Netherland by Anne Matusiewicz.
She will discuss the dress of the colonists as well as resources for researching and recreating their clothing. [Read more…] about 1600s Clothing: Peter Stuyvesant’s Guide to Style
Twelfth Night was one of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Dutch and English colonists of early New York. Twelfth Night was the final holiday of the season and was marked with unsurpassed feasting and revelry.
On Saturday January 10, 2015 Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer, NY, will welcome visitors for its annual Twelfth Night Celebration from 4 until 7 pm. [Read more…] about Twelfth Night Celebration at Crailo Historic Site