Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to announce receipt of a $5,000 grant award from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for our upcoming program series, “Swept Clean: A Dramatic Story of Loss and Restoration in Victorian America.” If you’ve been on a tour of Cherry Hill–before the restoration started, that is!—you know that we begin with the story of young Catherine Putman facing the prospect of losing her cherished ancestral home, Cherry Hill, because of the family’s financial misfortunes. This story will be the focus of a site specific theater piece by Krysta Dennis that will be presented in Cherry Hill’s rooms early next year, launching our grand reopening celebrations after a decade-long restoration project.
A portion of the grant will fund authentic reproductions of a few clothing ensembles from Cherry Hill’s collections. The reproductions–to be created by Costume Historian and Designer Brittney Belz–will be incorporated into the play’s costuming and will also be used in supplemental programming on Victorian families, life, and culture, which will be presented at Howe Library and Ten Broeck Mansion.
Catherine Putman nearly lost Cherry Hill in 1884–and all of us nearly lost it again in recent times because of the building’s deterioration and the enormous cost of preserving it. We hope that you will join us in celebrating Cherry Hill’s restoration–and partner with us in sustaining it for another generation!