We are pleased to announce that Historic Cherry Hill has received a grant of $10,000 to support the re-installation of collections in its historic rooms once the restoration is complete. As anyone who has visited the museum in the past several years will know, Cherry Hill’s rooms may be full of collections–but those collections have been wrapped and boxed for their protection throughout the restoration process. Unpacking and installing the collections will require manpower–and curatorial expertise. With the Bender Family Foundation’s support, we will be able to hire a short-term collections technician to get this important work done!
Why does reopening matter so much? In the words of Philip Zimmerman, scholar, consultant, and former Director of Collections at Winterthur,
“Historic Cherry Hill illuminates the extraordinary history and artifactual survivals of Albany and the Upper Hudson River. Moreover, it is preeminent among the several area historic houses for the quality of its collections and the many historical perspectives they enlighten.”
Reopening will allow teachers to bring their students back into Cherry Hill’s resonant spaces for authentic encounters with history. Reopening will usher Capital Region residents back into the restored “Yellow House on the Hill,” its rooms once again overflowing with Van Rensselaer treasures…and a household’s stories. Reopening will enable Cherry Hill to take its place on the heritage tourism “map” alongside the region’s other significant sites.
So let’s finish this restoration, shall we?