Guided tours of the historic house
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.
What was it like in Albany during World War I? Come to the Albany History Fair at Historic Cherry Hill 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!
Uppity roosters, naughty parrots, and a kingdom of bunnies! Cherry Hill was home to quite a cast of animal characters throughout its history as the Van Rensselaer family home. Join us for a site-wide scavenger hunt to learn the stories of Cherry Hill's furry, feathery friends, and meet some live animals as well! Co-sponsored by the Children's Museum of Science & Technology.
On May 7, 1827, a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Come relive that night! Meet the historical players, walk in the footsteps of a murderer, and revel in harrowing titillation during this annual October event! Reservations required. Click here to register: Murder at Cherry Hill
Behind-the-Scenes Restoration tours for private groups. $4 per person. $40 group minimum.
Let us come to you! Historic Cherry Hill can present these illustrated talks at your location. $60 per outreach.
The Director of Historic Cherry Hill provides an overview of the workings of the historic house museum as an institution, offering an often hidden view of how house museums work. Learn about the museum's mission, vision, and current initiatives as well as the challenges facing all cultural institutions today.
Historic Cherry Hill's collection distinguishes the museum from most others. Its 70,000 items, spanning over two centuries and ranging from the rare to the mundane, all belonged to one family — the Van Rensselaers of Cherry Hill. This talk explores some of the unique objects in the collection, the family's motivation for accumulating and saving its possessions, and how the museum's significant collections have defined its course today.
In 1827, a murder occurred at the Cherry Hill farm, home of the well known Van Rensselaer family. The crime aroused tremendous public interest, and the subsequent trial culminated in the last public hanging in Albany. Although it appeared to be a crime of passion, it uncovered some simmering issues of the day including women's roles and legal rights, social class, punishment and the law, and slavery in New York. Hear the words of those involved in the crime and decide whom you think was guilty or innocent.
Schuyler Mansion and Cherry Hill were built around the same time by related families living within a stone's throw of one another. But how similar are they really, and how similar were the people who built and inhabited them? This lecture will explore the “shades of gentility” in 18th-century Albany by examining the homes and possessions of three prominent Albanians: Philip Van Rensselaer (1747-1798), Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), and Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839).
Exciting and innovative programs that meet Common Core Learning Standards! Questions? Call Shawna Reilly, Education Coordinator at (518) 434-4791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This hands-on program creatively combines history, economics, science, ELA and math. Students role play using a 34-foot game board to experience the challenges of 18th-century trade and travel on the Hudson River, discover how Hudson River trade was linked to global trade, and visit the planetarium to explore celestial navigation. In partnership with the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center.
Level: 4th and 5th grades
Cost: $5.00 per student, $100 minimum group fee, chaperones free.
Group size: Up to 60 students (scroll down for larger group accommodations)
Length: Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on group size)
Duration: December through June
Reservations: Email Shawna at email@example.com or call (518) 434-4791
Accessibility: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation
History takes on a whole new meaning when seen through the lens of a detective! The investigation begins with a pre-visit package of artifacts delivered to your classroom. Through the hands-on use of primary source documents, photographs, and objects, students work together to investigate the roles, relationships, and everyday lives of six people who shared a home at Cherry Hill during the mid-1800s. The Cherry Hill Case is “closed” when students test their hypotheses through participation in a document-based Reader’s Theater.
Cost: $125 per program, plus travel (federal rate)
Group size: Limit to one class (up to 30 students) per program, 3 programs per outreach visit
Length: Approximately 1.5 hours per program
Duration: September through June
Level: 4th and 5th grades
Location: A museum educator will come to your classroom
To Schedule: Email Shawna at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (518) 434-4791
Accommodations: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation.
City School District of Albany 5th Graders: Free Admission to the HRTG&NS program, supported by a grant from the Port of Albany. For more information, contact email@example.com
Hudson River Trading Game & Navigating the Seas: Bus and tour fee support, through the Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride Program. For more information, contact Maeve McEneny at the Albany Visitors Center: (518) 434-0405, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amsterdam, Bethlehem and Niskayuna schools can receive field trip and outreach program support through the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
While under the last stage of restoration, on-site programming may be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Contact email@example.com to plan your visit. $4 per person, $48 minimum, chaperones free.
Students become historians in their own right. Designed for classroom use, Historic Cherry Hill teaching units use a wide variety of primary sources to engage students in analyzing and interpreting historical evidence. Cross-curricular and “teacher friendly.” Award winners, American Association for State and Local History.
Different Voices, Different Truths: The 1827 Murder at Cherry Hill (grades 7 and up)
Kittie Putman and the Cherry Hill Household: 1860-1884 (grade 4 and up)