After a decade long restoration project, Historic Cherry Hill reopens for tours with restored interiors & reinstalled furnishings on Friday June 25, 2021!Members of Historic Cherry Hill have the opportunity for a "sneak peak" Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19.
"The Rankins: Struggling with the Loss of their World" house tours are offered on Fridays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.
Reservations are required, as space is limited. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors & students, $3 for children (6-17), and free for Blue Star families, Snap Card holders, & current members of HCH, MANY, AAM, & AAA. No admission charged for children 5 and under.
"The Rankins: Struggling with the Loss of their World" house tours are available for private groups of up to 6 people, $30 minimum for the group.
Virtual tours are available, $40 per group.
Let us come to you- virtually! Historic Cherry Hill can present these illustrated talks via Zoom, GoToMeeting, or Google Meet. $40 per outreach.
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.
We've been hard at work creating online resources to support all types of instruction, including digital teaching units, remote outreaches and virtual versions of our popular school programs.
Our innovative programs continue to reflect New York State curriculum needs and feedback from teachers, and we are probing deeper into underrepresented narratives, particularly the African-American experience at Cherry Hill.
To schedule or inquire about a program, contact the Education Coordinator: email@example.com
This program is offered for FREE for Albany & Schenectady City Schools with generous support from The Golub Foundation and Stewarts.
These teaching units were the culmination of a year long grant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Cares Act. Many thanks to NEH for making possible the research, digitization, and interpretation of HCH's large collection of documents and objects dating back to the period of enslavement, and the creation of these materials.
Check out the full collection at Historic Cherry Hill's page on New York Heritage.
My Right to Freedom: Slavery at Cherry Hill
Students look at primary objects and documents and take a 3D tour of the museum to learn about the institution of Slavery in Albany, New York. Activities increase content knowledge, strengthen foundational skills, and support 4-8 Common Core standards for ELA & Social Studies.
Slavery in Albany, New York, Lesson 1
Guided by essential questions, students analyze primary objects and documents related to the period of enslavement to better understand the experiences of enslaved people until Emancipation in 1827. The lesson ends with the solving of a "True Cherry Hill Mystery" and a 3D tour of the museum. This is one of two lessons, and supports 7-12 curriculum standards for Social Studies & ELA.
Slavery by a Different Name, Lesson 2
Guided by essential questions, students analyze primary objects and documents related to gradual emancipation and the legacy of Slavery as it manifested at Cherry Hill. The lesson ends with the solving of another "True Cherry Hill Mystery" and 3D tour of the museum. This is the second of two lessons, and supports 7-12 curriculum standards for Social Studies & ELA.
For remote, in-person & home classrooms, 3 lessons lead students on an exploration of primary sources and historical artifacts belonging to children who lived at Cherry Hill during the 1800s. Each activity brings students closer to discovering the roles and relationships of the four children, and solving the Cherry Hill Case! Lessons compliment 4th & 5th grade New York State curricula.
In Each Lesson: You will find teacher's guides, interactive glossaries and timelines, graphic organizers, and step-by-step instructions on how to use artifacts for historical investigation. Students are prompted to explore their own histories, create personal timelines, family or VIP trees, and more. The unit is presented using Google Slides.
Many thanks to Teaching the Hudson Valley, whose support made it possible for us to develop the remote version of this outreach program!
The Hudson River Trading Game is based on historical documents belonging to Philip Van Rensselaer, an Albany merchant and the first of five generations to live at Cherry Hill. In person, the game is 34 feet long. But now YOU can play the game online! Sailing on the river during the 1700s was unpredictable, and you will find that the game is too...All we can say is stay safe and good luck!
Dig a Little Deeper!
Click on the links below for more information and activities about Hudson River trade.
Many Thanks to Our Partners
We owe a huge thanks to the Port of Albany whose support for the past eight years has allowed thousands of City School District of Albany students to play the game as part of a field trip experience.Thank you as well to our long-time partners, the City School District of Albany and Discover Albany, as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art, who graciously offered to host the program for 2020. We would also like to thank the 2nd Regiment-Albany County Militia, Eileen Finn, Jim Sparks, and Maryrita Dobiel for making sure we have great props--hundreds of props--for the school program and public events. Finally, thank you to all our volunteer museum teachers for your dedication and hard work--we cannot wait to set sail with you again!
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 view scenes from the Hudson River School. In partnership with the Albany Institute of History & Art.
Level: 4th and 5th grades
Cost: $5.00 per student, $100 minimum group fee, chaperones free.
Group size: Up to 60 students
Length: Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on group size)
Duration: December through June
Reservations: Email Shawna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 434-4791
Accessibility: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation
Arranged on a case-by-case basis. Contact email@example.com to plan your visit. $4 per person, $48 minimum, chaperones free.