Historic Cherry Hill in Albany has announced that the museum has been awarded a competitive grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support an afterschool teen guide training program, History is Now, for the 2021-2022 school year. [Read more…] about Historic Cherry Hill Planning Albany Teen After School Program
Historic Cherry Hill
Historic Cherry Hill has reopened for public tours after a decade-long restoration project. Built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, Cherry Hill was lived in until 1963 by extended family, enslaved people, descendants, and servants — who left artifacts, documents, and stories behind.
The museum collection includes 70,000 artifacts and manuscripts, all of which were accumulated by the Cherry Hill household over the course of five generations and nearly 200 years. [Read more…] about Historic Cherry Hill Reopens Restored Interiors After A Decade
Decades after slavery was abolished in New York, the Elmendorfs, Historic Cherry Hill’s 3rd-generation Van Rensselaer descendants in Albany, used orphaned African American children as servants.
Jimmy (1843-1885), Jane (1845-?), Richard (unknown), and Minnie (1852-1903) Knapp became wards and servants of several Van Rensselaer households after the death of their mother, Jane Jackson Knapp, in 1854.
Conjectured to have descended from prior generations enslaved at Cherry Hill — two of the children are named after Van Rensselaers — the children had quasi-family status, but were servants.
Books span the 16th through the 20th century and demonstrate the changing patterns and tastes in literature consumption, production, and marketing. [Read more…] about Featured Collection: Van Rensselaer Library Collection
On the evenings of October 16, 17, 18, 19 and October 23, 24, 25, and 26, Historic Cherry Hill will present a dramatic tour reliving the infamous 1827 murder that occurred at the Cherry Hill mansion, one-time home of the Van Rensselaer family.
The public is invited to step into the experiences of the Cherry Hill household on the evening of May 7, 1827, when a hired hand murdered a household member. [Read more…] about Dramatic Tours Recapture Harrowing Night at Cherry Hill
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore’s guest is Deborah Emmons-Andarawis, executive director at Historic Cherry Hill, an 18th century house museum on South Pearl Street in Albany, New York. Hear about the lives of the former residents and the gripping tale of a murder at Cherry Hill in the 1800s. [Read more…] about Albany’s Historic Cherry Hill (Historians Podcast)
The Board of Trustees of Historic Cherry Hill has announced the appointment of Deborah Emmons-Andarawis as Director of Historic Cherry Hill (HCH). She has been serving as Acting Director since December 2017. [Read more…] about Historic Cherry Hill Names New Director
Historic Cherry Hill and the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology are set to present “Paws, Claws & Slippery Tails: The Pets of Cherry Hill” on September 29th from Noon to 4 pm.
The event will be a site-wide scavenger hunt in which guests learn the story of the cast of animals who lived at Cherry Hill over its long history as the Van Rensselaer family home — from Miles Standish, the rooster who was ever bullied by the saloon keeper’s cock, to Polly, a cockatoo, to Dandy, the Dalmatian. [Read more…] about Pets of Cherry Hill: Paws, Claws & Slippery Tails
Historic Cherry Hill has re-opened for the public season. For the month of April, the museum will offer the Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Tour, which explores the final stage of the multi-year restoration project at the historic house. Then, on Sunday May 7th at the History Fair, Historic Cherry Hill will unveil a focus tour on female suffrage, which will be offered throughout the rest of the 2017 tour season. [Read more…] about Historic Cherry Hill Re-Opens for 2017 Season
On Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, Historic Cherry Hill will present a dramatic tour reenacting the infamous 1827 murder that occurred at the Cherry Hill mansion.
The public is invited to relive the experiences of those who were at Cherry Hill on the evening of May 7, 1827, when a farmhand murdered a member of the household. The tour will investigate the scene of the crime and the differing perspectives of those who witnessed the events of that fateful night. Actor James Keil will appear as murderer Jesse Strang, bringing to life his violent act, and divulging his motives, including a romantic attachment to his victim’s wife. The murder resulted in two sensational trials and Albany’s last public hanging. [Read more…] about Dramatic Murder Tour at Historic Cherry Hill