After a decade-long restoration, Historic Cherry Hill in the South End of Albany, NY, found itself in a period of crisis — with inadequate resources, a reduced public profile, pronounced donor fatigue, and disconnection from its local community. [Read more…] about From Crisis to Community Anchor: Historic Cherry Hill’s Transformation
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On May 7, 1827, a notorious murder occurred at the Cherry Hill Mansion in Albany that resulted in two sensational trials and the city’s last public hanging.
Historic Cherry Hill is inviting the public to relive that fateful night, meet the historical players, and walk in the footsteps of a murderer, played by actors James Keil (also directing) and Jack Ellis. [Read more…] about Murder at Cherry Hill: A Harrowing Walk through an Historic Evening
Historic Cherry Hill will host the 24th Annual Albany History Fair, featuring presentations by historians and contemporary artists, on Sunday, May 7th from noon to 4 pm. This year’s theme will be “Lens on Albany: The Art and History of Photography in the Capital City.”
Historic Cherry Hill in Albany will “The Music in HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” a program that will give visitors a look behind the scenes of the music in HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” as well as provide a holiday-inspired musical demo in Historic Cherry Hill’s family parlor, set for Thursday, December 15th. [Read more…] about The Music in HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’ at Historic Cherry Hill
“Kittie” Putman and “Minnie” Knapp each came to the Cherry Hill Mansion in Albany, NY after her mother’s death to be raised by Van Rensselaer descendant and 3rd-generation mistress of the estate, Harriet Maria Van Elmendorf.
Both wards, but not quite sisters, Kittie was herself a Van Rensselaer descendant while Minnie was likely descended from Dinah Jackson, an enslaved woman. [Read more…] about Agency & Identity: Cherry Hill’s Would-Be Sisters
In the 19th century the new art of photography changed how people viewed the world. Now they did not have to make long, dangerous, and expensive journeys to learn about faraway lands – photography could take you there. Meanwhile, the development of 3D stereoscopes, together with photography, would create an “immersive experience” which even families of modest means could enjoy.
The stereoscope with its photographic view cards would introduce people to scenes from around the world. [Read more…] about Stereoscopes: Bringing The World To Your Parlor
The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History has awarded 20 history-related organizations across New York State $5,000 each during its fifth grant round to bring back or hire museum educators. [Read more…] about $100K Awarded To Museum Educators
Historic Cherry Hill in Albany will host a tour program looking at the May 7th, 1827 murder at Cherry Hill that led to two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging, set for Wednesday through Saturday, October 19th through 22nd and October 26th through 29th.
The Gilded Age was a period of gross materialism and political corruption which began after the Civil War and lasted through the turn of the 20th century.
Many Irish Americans in Albany were still struggling to support themselves, working as laborers, maids, and often dealing with anti-Catholic resentment. However, there was a growing sense of solidarity and power within the group as many were lifted out of poverty and became involved in politics and civil service. [Read more…] about The Irish in the Gilded Age Albany
Historic Cherry Hill in Albany‘s South End has announced that the museum has received two competitive federal planning grants for a large, multi-year reinterpretation project.
Entitled We Carry It Within Us: Reinterpretation at Historic Cherry Hill, the project was awarded $48,165 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and a $50,000 Inspire! Grant for Small Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
With these grants, Historic Cherry Hill is now expected to complete plans for a new tour and orientation exhibit which incorporates new research and scholarship on underrepresented narratives at Cherry Hill. [Read more…] about Albany’s Historic Cherry Hill to Redesign Museum’s Core Tour