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The 19th Annual Albany History Fair “World War I • The Albany Home Front” published April 22, 2018

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Sunday, May 6th, 12-4 pm

Historic Cherry Hill


What was it like in Albany during World War I? Come to the Albany History Fair to experience it! Cross Cherry Hill’s threshold into the year 1918, where actors and virtual reality will transport you to the end of World War I.  Then step outside to enjoy crafts, music, trivia, and reconnoiter with reenactors!

Schedule of Activities:

Over There! A World War I sing-along, 12:30

Dutch, an original play by Krysta Dennis, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM

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Actors in the historic house will bring to life the tragic experience of the Rankins of Cherry Hill, and virtual reality technology will transport audiences onto the boat where son and brother, Captain Herbert Rankin, began his journey to France.

Uncle Sam Wants You! Historian Kimberly Lamay discusses World War I propaganda. 1:30

Perspectives of a Hellfighter 2:30

In a dramatic monologue, reenactor Cliff Mealy will share the thoughts of Harlem Hellfighter Vince Taylor as he looks back at his days serving with Henry Johnson of the African American 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I.


Ongoing Activities

Patriotic Eating How did the war economy affect daily life? In Cherry Hill’s historic kitchen, Domestic Historian Brittney Belz will offer a show-and-tell on what people ate during World War I.  Let the canning begin!

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World War I Artifacts  In Cherry Hill’s bedrooms, view uniforms, posters, books, and Red Cross artifacts that belonged to the Rankin family, while listening to World War I music on a historic gramophone player.

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New York State Capitol will present a traveling exhibition drawing from their current show, “Their Glory Can Never Fade: the Legacy of the Harlem Hellfighters,” on view in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery.


The New York State Museum will present a traveling exhibition and activities drawn from their show, “A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War.”

Stuart Lehman, curator of “Their Glory Can Never Fade” will present his personal World War I collection.

The 2018 History Fair was made possible with support from Humanities New York, Siena College, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the Times Union, the USS Slater, and the History Fair Honorary Committee.

Please support Historic Cherry Hill by joining the Honorary Committee.  It’s easy! Simply click on the “Donate now” button at the top of our website, and make a donation of $100, $250, $500, or “other.”  Your donation will help to support Historic Cherry Hill’s preservation and educational initiatives and bring programs like the History Fair to Capital Region residents.