Historic Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill "Turning history upside down."
Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of one Albany household. 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.
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES RESTORATION TOUR This tour highlights the exciting plans and progress of the museum's restoration work. Tours are offered on Wednesdays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00pm and on Saturdays at 2:00 and 3:00pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and college students, and $2 for children 12-17. ARCHITECTURE HUNT FOR FAMILIES This learning-to-look activity investigates the architecture of the 1787 house and reveals some of the preservation issues facing the museum. This activity is offered on Saturdays between 1:00 and 2:00 (please come no later than 1:40pm) for families with children between the ages of 6 and 11. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-11.

Mission: Historic Cherry Hill invites visitors and researchers to explore American history through the unique lens of one Albany household and, through intimate encounter with the past, encourages audiences toward new perspectives on their own stories and place in history.

It’s not just yellow on the hill this week. Swipe to see the most perfect robin’s egg blue.#historichouse #historicsite ...
05/28/2020

It’s not just yellow on the hill this week. Swipe to see the most perfect robin’s egg blue.

#historichouse #historicsite #historicgarden #peony #iris #robineggs #upstateny #upstatelife #albanyny #discoveralbany

With thanks to those who gave their lives.
05/25/2020

With thanks to those who gave their lives.

We’ve actually been planting for a while. Anyone else getting dirt under their nails this weekend?#housemuseum #historic...
05/24/2020

We’ve actually been planting for a while. Anyone else getting dirt under their nails this weekend?

#housemuseum #historichouse #historicgarden #vintageposter #fromthecollection #discoveralbany

Feeling the sun’s warmth and enjoying the outdoors this weekend....Image: Kittie Rankin sitting at the arbor between the...
05/22/2020

Feeling the sun’s warmth and enjoying the outdoors this weekend....

Image: Kittie Rankin sitting at the arbor between the lower and upper gardens, 1922.

Partner with Historic Cherry Hill on #BuildingStories, an innovative take on our History Fair tradition for a year that ...
05/21/2020
Donate Now | Historic Cherry Hill's History Fair Goes Digital in 2020 by Historic Cherry Hill

Partner with Historic Cherry Hill on #BuildingStories, an innovative take on our History Fair tradition for a year that is anything but “normal.” Join a community-wide virtual exploration of Albany’s built environment, of how spaces and structures impact our lives, and of the “how” and “why” of preservation. There will be interactive maps, virtual walking tours, a Facebook Watch party, curated social media content, and more. As we emerge from quarantine, now is the perfect time to think about how physical spaces define, impact, or reflect how we live and have lived together in communities. Your support will enable us to deliver thought-provoking programs all summer—while piloting digital initiatives that will build our capacity to serve audiences long into the future.

Partner with Historic Cherry Hill on #BuildingStories, an innovative take on our History Fair tradition for a year that is anything but “normal.” Join a community-wide...

Jimmy, Jane, Harriet Maria (“Minnie”), and Richard Knapp were orphaned after their mother died in 1854. The family had s...
05/12/2020

Jimmy, Jane, Harriet Maria (“Minnie”), and Richard Knapp were orphaned after their mother died in 1854. The family had some prior connection to the Van Rensselaer family and to Cherry Hill—perhaps having descended from people enslaved there generations earlier—and Jimmy and his siblings returned to Cherry Hill. Jimmy shared the family’s love of music, playing several instruments and briefly working as a piano tuner, and after his death in 1885, left behind hundreds of pages of sheet music, photographs, and letters. Nights when they were all home at Cherry Hill, Jimmy would often pick music for the family and play along with them.

#museumweek #cultureinquarantinemw #historichouse #historicsite #fromthecollections #fromthearchives #cabinetcard #sepiatone #everymonthblackhistorymonth #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

Still going.
05/11/2020

Still going.

Happy Mother’s Day! @ Albany, New York
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day! @ Albany, New York

What a year a virtual Tulip Festival! Did you see the snow?This isn’t the first time for snow in May, of course. May 10,...
05/09/2020

What a year a virtual Tulip Festival! Did you see the snow?

This isn’t the first time for snow in May, of course. May 10, 1945, Emily Rankin recorded in her diary that she “Planted dahlias. Cleaned pantry. Made bread, etc,” but then she noted “a very cold wet heavy snow” was weighing down the bushes. We’ll take flurries, thank you!

If you missed the events today, you can catch them @albanyevents YouTube stream, and the weather is perfect for @discoveralbany’s driving tour, featuring Historic Cherry Hill in Tulip Driving Tour Bingo!

#capitalregionny #albanyny #discoveralbany #albanyevents #albanydoesntsuck #tulips #daffordils #nyspring #upstateny #upstatelife #historichouse #historicsite #dedham #dedhampottery #artpottery

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser yesterday. We met and exceeded our goal of $1000 for...
05/06/2020

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser yesterday. We met and exceeded our goal of $1000 for the day, and we could not do it without your support.

This is a trying time, and we find ourselves turning to history—what can we say, that’s us. The Cherry Hill residents faced pandemics, they faced financial uncertainty, and they persevered. So will we, and we think so will our community. Thank you for your support, and for any support you gave to others yesterday or in the last weeks, or will in the weeks to come. We are in this together.

We are so very close to our fundraising goal today. This is a trying time for everyone, and we know money can be straine...
05/06/2020

We are so very close to our fundraising goal today. This is a trying time for everyone, and we know money can be strained. As of 7PM, we've raised $785 toward our $1000 goal, across our different fundraisers. Thank you. If you're in the position to give, we hope you will please consider a donation to Historic Cherry Hill today, or time or financial contribution to some of the organizations serving Albany.

Follow our preservation journey in this reinterpretation of the game Pilgrim’s Progress, from our collection. If you can...
05/05/2020

Follow our preservation journey in this reinterpretation of the game Pilgrim’s Progress, from our collection. If you can, please consider a contribution to help us keep moving ahead toward a restored “yellow house on the hill,” because preservation costs continue, even in a pandemic.

#preservationisperseverance #givingtuesdaynow #givingtuesday #preservation #preservationmonth #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #historichouse #housemuseum #historicsite #thisoldhouse #journeymap #fromthecollection #albanyny #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region has been a partner in developing and running our “Community Stories” summer progr...
05/05/2020

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region has been a partner in developing and running our “Community Stories” summer program, but they do a bit of everything to support inner city economic development in the South End and Arbor Hill—addressing nutrition and food security, preventing violence at its source, facilitating early childhood development and language formation, strengthening families, and providing health and wellness programs and career training opportunities. You can make a monetary gift at https://donorbox.org/trinitydonation-2 or reach out to them directly for volunteering opportunities.

05/05/2020

Reading at home while New York is "on pause"? Share your (and the Rankins') love of reading and support our local library through the Albany Public Library Foundation. The Library Foundation also accepts gently used books, so if you've just finished a novel or a history, or if your activities at home involve a lot of cleaning, you can drop your gently used books at the Better World Books bins in the parking lots of the Delaware and Pine Hills branches.

Historic Cherry Hill is also thinking about life outside the house, and we want to direct your attention today to some o...
05/05/2020

Historic Cherry Hill is also thinking about life outside the house, and we want to direct your attention today to some of the organizations that are supporting our community and some of its most vulnerable members. As the saying goes, “it takes a village,” and as much as this village is on facebook and social media, it’s also formed by the people and buildings around us.

AVillage works to improve the quality of life for residents of Albany’s South End and beyond by reclaiming our neighborhoods and encouraging, engaging, and empowering our communities. They are one of the leading forces by behind the South End Farmers Market, which brings fresh, local, and healthy food into our neighborhood’s food desert. AVillage supports community gardens, and the innovative “corner canvas” program that brings art by youth in the community to vacant properties. Jahkeen Hoke, the Executive Director at AVillage, joined Historic Cherry Hill's new Community Advisory Board this spring.

You can make a monetary donation to AVillage on their website (https://avillageworks.org/donate), or you can give time through their sister organization at https://518mutual-aid.com

When the US entered the First World War and Herbert Rankin earned his commission as a Captain, the rest of the Rankin fa...
05/05/2020

When the US entered the First World War and Herbert Rankin earned his commission as a Captain, the rest of the Rankin family felt a call to duty at home. Thousands of Americans planted gardens, volunteered their time, donated and purchased war bonds because everyone felt the need to serve, either on their own or in response to posters promoting efforts on the homefront. Everyone was looking for their own way to give to the cause.

When we say preservation requires perseverance, we mean it. We ordered this sign on October, as we prepared to embark on...
05/05/2020

When we say preservation requires perseverance, we mean it. We ordered this sign on October, as we prepared to embark on the final phase of our 10-year restoration project. The bids, however, came back nearly 60 percent higher than expected and higher than our budget. Working together with @stephentillyarchitect and @nystateparks, we revised the project scope and sent it out for bid again in February, with closed bids due on March 18. You know what happened next...

But we know there are hurdles. The question is always how to surmount them together. The sign is up, and after several additional delays around COVID-19, we have new bids that seem in budget and are under review. We hope to name a general contractor soon, and really put this sign to use.

#givingtuesdaynow #givingtuesday #thisplacematters #historicpreservation #preservation #preservationmatters #eighteenthcentury #federalarchitecture #albany #albanyny #albanycounty #capitalregionny #keepalbanyboring #albanydoesntsuck #discoveralbany

Starting our 8th week “on pause,” COVID-19 has impacted every part of life in New York, and this global pandemic is real...
05/04/2020

Starting our 8th week “on pause,” COVID-19 has impacted every part of life in New York, and this global pandemic is really hitting home. Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow tomorrow, where we’ll be looking into the collections, thinking about what we can give, and persevering.

#thisplacematters #preservation #givingtuesday #albany #albanyny #capitalregionny #upstateny #518 #preservationisperseverance #discoveralbany

Historic Cherry Hill
05/04/2020

Historic Cherry Hill

05/03/2020

For the last 21 years, we’ve hosted the Albany History Fair at Historic Cherry Hill the first Sunday in May, and welcomed so many of you to come together and share our stories, and open our season. Missing you all and this celebration today, but preservation is built on planning and perseverance. More so in a pandemic, which is why today we aren’t together, but we are persevering.

The 2020 Albany History Fair is tentatively scheduled—in a multimedia and remote format—for July 18-19 in partnership with @thehistoricalbanyfoundation

#albany #albanyny #albanycounty #capitalregionny #capregion #discoveralbany #albanyhistory #thisplacematters #preservationmatters #preservation #historicpreservation #presrvationmonth #historymatters #historichouse #housemuseum #thisoldhouse #community #preservartionisperseverance #perseveranceinpandemic

04/29/2020

May is Preservation Month, and with the museum closed, we're thinking about ways to celebrate and ways to share Historic Cherry Hill with you remotely. Join us to watch some remote tours of Frank Lloyd Wright homes--enjoy the sites, learn about other ways of living in the twentieth century, and help us learn what works!

No more pencils, no more books...it’s online now. Historic Cherry Hill continues to revise our on-site and outreach prog...
04/28/2020

No more pencils, no more books...it’s online now. Historic Cherry Hill continues to revise our on-site and outreach programs, and develop content for teachers, parents, students and homeschoolers to enhance textbook and remote learning. Go online to access the Hudson River Trading Game, and our latest—The Cherry Hill Case!

The Cherry Hill case makes use of primary sources and historical methods in line with 4th and 5th grade standards, as students discover who’s who and their relationship at Cherry Hill. We’ll be updating and expanding materials for the case weekly, so you can build a curriculum or stop in for extras.

Special thanks to the Golub Foundation and @pricechopper, which kindly sponsored outreach for six #schenectady classes to participate in this outreach program. The upside of #covid_19 is that this program is currently available to all #capitaldistrict learners, so take out those devices...and pencils.

#museum #museumfromhome #museumeducation #museumed #teachersofinstagram #teacher #grade4 #grade5 #fieldtrip #socialstudies #socialstudiesteacher #iteach #commoncore #homeschool #homeschooling #schoolgames #518 #capitalregionny #albany #albanyny #nyhistory #discoveralbany #schenectadyny #historymatters

The rain may be keeping us inside again today, but we still see tulips popping up, like on these egg cups painted by Sar...
04/27/2020

The rain may be keeping us inside again today, but we still see tulips popping up, like on these egg cups painted by Sara Galner for the Saturday Evening Girls (later Paul Revere Pottery).

After a routine cleaning at the dentist in July 1948, Emily Rankin returned to Cherry Hill with seedlings she’d gathered...
04/24/2020

After a routine cleaning at the dentist in July 1948, Emily Rankin returned to Cherry Hill with seedlings she’d gathered from a ginkgo on Jay Street. That tree is gone, but ours is not.

#arborday #plantatree #ginkgo #bonsai #seedlings #heirloomseeds #preservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #albany #albanyny #albanycounty #capitalregionny #albanystories #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

New tulips ready to bloom. What can we say, yellow is our favorite color.#518tuliptracker #518 #upstateny #housemuseum #...
04/23/2020

New tulips ready to bloom. What can we say, yellow is our favorite color.

#518tuliptracker #518 #upstateny #housemuseum #historichouse #historicsite #historicgardens #tulips #capregion #capitalregionny #albany #albanyny #albanyevents #discoveralbany

Earth Day started in 1970, but Emily Rankin died in 1963, and we don’t have any true Earth Day collections. That said, t...
04/22/2020

Earth Day started in 1970, but Emily Rankin died in 1963, and we don’t have any true Earth Day collections. That said, the message of “Health to the World” seems especially apt today.

Image: trade card for Hoptonic Manufacturing Company (Grand Rapids, MI; after 1887, incorporated under Grand Rapids Medicine Company). Collection of Historic Cherry Hill.

#earthday #earthday2020 #healthforall #hoptonic #vintageadvertising #nineteenthcentury #19c #19thcentury #tradecards #tradecard #ephemera #fromthearchives #fromthearchive #museumsocial #nyhistory #nysmuseums #capregion #capitalregionny #albanyny #discoveralbany

@discoveralbany challenged us to share some of our gardens as part of #518tuliptracker. These ones near the arbor are be...
04/21/2020

@discoveralbany challenged us to share some of our gardens as part of #518tuliptracker. These ones near the arbor are behind the house in the upper garden, which maintains much of its historic character through generous volunteers and our #mastergardener, Mary Anne!

#historichouse #housemuseum #historicsite #thisoldhouse #historicgarden #tulips #volunteer #volunteering #volunteerweek #518 #albanyny #albanycounty #albanyevents #discoveralbany

April showers bring May flowers. We have some flowers, but can’t wait to see the peonies.#peonies #peonyproject #peonypr...
04/21/2020

April showers bring May flowers. We have some flowers, but can’t wait to see the peonies.

#peonies #peonyproject #peonyprogress #518 #aprilshowersbringmayflowers #aprilshowers #dirtundermynails #mastergardener

#historicgardens #historicsite #albany #albanyny #capregion #capitalregionny #upstateny #upstatelife #518tuliptracker #discoveralbany

Look what’s popping up!#518tuliptracker #historichome #historichouse #historicsite #thisoldhouse #historicgarden #histor...
04/17/2020

Look what’s popping up!

#518tuliptracker #historichome #historichouse #historicsite #thisoldhouse #historicgarden #historicgardens #nyhistory #capregion #capitalregionny #albany #albanyny #nylovesspring #upstate #518 #spring #tulips #daffodils #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

You know those social media holidays that surprise you? The ones you scroll by and think to yourself, “who knew that was...
04/16/2020

You know those social media holidays that surprise you? The ones you scroll by and think to yourself, “who knew that was a day?” Or “why is that a day?” Well, it’s probably never been more true than today—Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day.

Honestly, that’s what we’ve been doing lately, with #wfh. But in the spirit, let’s just say we’re working in the Rankins’ master bedroom, photographed in 1948.

#pjday #housemuseum #historichouse #historicsite #thisoldhouse #workfromhome #workfromhomelife #albany #capregion #capitalregionny #discoveralbany

Attention teachers, parents, grandparents: @historiccherryhill now has our award-winning Hudson River Trading Game onlin...
04/14/2020

Attention teachers, parents, grandparents:

@historiccherryhill now has our award-winning Hudson River Trading Game online for kids to play at home! Addressing fourth and fifth grade learning standards, players sail between Albany and New York City to trade goods in eighteenth-century New York.

This program is usually offered on site through the generous support from the Port of Albany, from @stewartsshops Holiday Match. But with the museum closed and students learning from home, we’ve shrunk our 34-foot game board down to one you can use online or can print, if desired. Play along and let us know how you fair.

Get it here:https://www.historiccherryhill.org/programs/documents/PlaytheHRTGatHome.pdf

#museum #museumfromhome #museumeducation #teachersofinstagram #teacher #grade4 #grade5 #fieldtrip #socialstudies #socialstudiesteacher #iteach #commoncore #homeschool #homeschooling #schoolfromhome #playbasedlearning #schoolgames #518 #capregion #capitalregionny #albany #albanyny #hudsonvalley #hudsonriver #hudsonrivervalley #nyhistory #discoveralbany

Kittie worked diligently throughout her adult life to maintain Cherry Hill and her family collections, firm in the belie...
04/13/2020

Kittie worked diligently throughout her adult life to maintain Cherry Hill and her family collections, firm in the belief they told important stories about her family, but also about American culture. Imagine her joy when Joseph Downs, Curator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wrote asking to see her collections while in Albany in July 1933. Downs was researching the upcoming exhibition of New York Furniture (1934), and Kittie brought him through to see “all the things” ["all” underlined in his thank you note]. In the end, Downs chose two chairs from Cherry Hill for the exhibition, including this Chippendale Chair from 1770-1790, which family history holds was one of eight belonging to Philip Van Rensselaer (1747-1798) (5 survive). The earlier side chair in the William and Mary style—also part of a set of 8—is branded “RS” for Robert Sanders (1705-1765) and dates c. 1730-1740. Never one for subtlety, Kittie kept the exhibition catalog nearby as a stamp of approval once the chairs were returned.

We share this story today in celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 150th birthday. The museum’s collections and exhibitions remain important markers of artistic and historical value, and the research museum staff produce are critical for smaller institutions like ours. Happy birthday, and thank you for all you do!

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Hello there, I have attempted to document the descendants of Killian Van Rensselaer on Wikitree, you can see the result of the mutual efforts of myself and other Wikitree contributors at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Rensselaer-36 These connections are essential to understanding the Cherry Hill Story
Sharing this again, because that’s what I’m doing today: giving and sharing. Plus, it’s almost 8!
Can you get a National Parks Passport Cancellation at the museum or other of your sites? Thanks.
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