Historic Cherry Hill

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LISELLEbration! published February 20, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2-4 PM at the Albany Institute of History & Art

Tickets: $25  Email deborah@historiccherryhill.org for more information.

Liselle LaFrance, Historic Cherry Hill’s director of nearly 26 years, recently moved to a new position with Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz.  Now that the holidays are over and winter weather has eased, we want to wish Liselle well and thank her for the decades she invested in reshaping the mission of Historic Cherry Hill and in preserving and restoring the house itself.


We invite you to join us on Saturday, March 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., to celebrate Liselle and the future of Cherry Hill in the Rice Room at the Albany Institute of History and Art. 

Those of us who know Liselle know that, no matter where she is, Cherry Hill will always occupy a special place in her heart.  The decision to move on was especially difficult because Cherry Hill is on the brink of completing a long-term restoration project and announcing its grand reopening—with all of the furniture, art and other treasures once again displayed in the very places that the Van Rensselaer descendants once placed them.  Although reluctant to be the honoree at a celebration, Liselle has agreed to join us in a party with a purpose.  As her parting gift to Cherry Hill, Liselle would like to take one last opportunity to support the museum that—in her words— “taught me everything I know about running a historic site.” It is typical of Liselle that she would see her going away celebration as a means to help bring her greatest project over the finish line, and it’s one of the many reasons why we will always treasure her inspirational leadership.

As a tribute to Liselle’s legacy, we are creating a unique naming opportunity: our goal is to raise $26,000 in honor of Liselle’s 26 years at Cherry Hill—and rename our orientation exhibit room, The Liselle LaFrance Welcome Gallery. One of Liselle’s signature achievements was spearheading the reinterpretation of Cherry Hill—which now tells the nationally significant story of social and economic change through the lens of one Albany family. The exhibition in this room frames the Cherry Hill story and prepares visitors for their authentic encounter with history. It is fitting that the gallery should bear Liselle’s name—and I think we all agree that her leadership was worth at least $1000 a year!

Historic Cherry Hill embodies the richness of Albany history, and Liselle has worked tirelessly to preserve and promote the “Yellow House on the Hill.”  Come join us in a tribute to Liselle.  We promise you laughs, good cheer and refreshments, and a chance to honor her by contributing toward the dedication of “The Liselle LaFrance Welcome Gallery.”  We look forward to celebrating with you.

Checks for Lisellebration tickets ($25) and donations toward naming the Liselle LaFrance Welcome Gallery can be made payable to Historic Cherry Hill and mailed to 523 1/2 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202.  Or, use the “Donate” button on our webpage and include a message with your gift.  Thank you!