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Join us this Fall for Glimpses of the Gilded Age!  published November 04, 2022

What do you think of when you hear “the Gilded Age”?

At Historic Cherry Hill, we think of music, parlor games, stereoscopes, social change, and more. At this year’s Albany History Fair in May, visitors were invited to explore Albany in the Gilded Age with Historic Cherry Hill and heritage partners. This fall, we are collaborating with partners across the region to host lectures and provide special tours on the dynamic time period. 

The best part? With so many in-person and live-streamed events, there’s something for everyone! All lectures are free, and tours are free to members. Members also enjoy an exclusive offering. Memberships start at just $25 for teachers & students, and $40 for individuals. Become a member today!

Learning, Labor & Lobbying: The Irish in Gilded Age Albany, September 29, 2022, Co-sponsored with the Irish American Heritage Museum.

Dr. Elizabeth Stack of the Irish American Heritage Museum explored how the Irish were increasingly involved in labor, politics, and education in Albany while navigating the pitfalls of this most interesting of times!

Watch it again on YouTube [link coming soon].

The World in Your Parlor: The Stereoscope, Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:30pm, Co-sponsored by the Albany Public Library.

Historian and historical re-enactor Stuart W. Lehman’s hands-on presentation will explore the 19th century stereoscope! Join us to learn how local photographers made places in the Albany area, including the new State Capitol, come alive.

Hosted at the Delaware Branch of the Albany Public Library, free, reservations required with the Albany Public Library for in-person, and live-streamed on YouTube.

Catherine Bogart Putman Rankin (1857-1948) & Harriet Maria Elmendorf Knapp (1854-1903)

Agency & Identity: Cherry Hill’s Would-Be Sisters, Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 5:30pm, Co-Sponsored by the New York State Museum.

Historic Cherry Hill’s Shawna Reilly will compare the experiences of two women who came of age at Cherry Hill during the Gilded Age. The talk will include a live modeling of a recreated dress worn by one of the subjects, Harriet Maria Elmendorf “Minnie” Knapp. 

Hosted at the New York State Museum, free, in-person and shared to YouTube. [link coming soon]

Mechanical toy and games, c. 1880, HCH

 Cherry Hill & the Gilded Age historic house tours, Saturdays December 3 & 10, 2022

Back by popular demand: Step into the Gilded Age with a tour of Historic Cherry Hill! We’ve brought back the History Fair tour, with rarely seen artifacts- including Catherine Rankin’s wedding gown- related to the Gilded Age era and the 1884 crisis that shook the household to its core.

In-person at Historic Cherry Hill, reservations recommended via Eventbrite.

Costume expert Brittany Belz measures a Gilded Age era dress in HCH’s collection.

Member Exclusive! Tour Historic Cherry Hill’s Gilded Age costume collection, Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5:30pm.

Historic Cherry Hill members are invited to explore the museum’s costume collection with Brittany Belz- a costumer, costume historian and professor at Union College, and the creator of two reproductions drawn from museum collections. Learn about the clothing from the period, how it was worn, and the work of a costume designer.

In-person at Historic Cherry Hill, members only, free, reservations required via Eventbrite.

Dr. Christopher Brellochs & photograph of Cherry Hill’s family parlor c. 1880

The Music in HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 5:30pm.

Join us in Historic Cherry Hill’s Family Parlor for a rare treat, as Dr. Christopher Brellochs describes his work on the popular series and performs a holiday-inspired musical demo on the saxophone, a musical instrument that had only just been invented in the Gilded Age! 

Admission charged and reservations required for in-person attendance, via Eventbrite. Live-streamed free to YouTube

For more information about any of these events, contact our Education Assistant, Meghan Willis, at meghan@historiccherryhill.org or call the museum 518-434-4791.

Historic Cherry Hill’s “Agency & Identity…” program was developed with input from Dr. Robin Campbell, retired Senior Curator for the Bureau of Historic Sites, and Dr. Shannon Draucker, Assistant Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Siena College. It was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Special thanks to Brittney Belz for the costume recreation and to Jocelyn Khoury for modeling the dress!