The Rankins: Struggling with the Loss of their World
May 6 - July 10, Fridays & Saturdays 12-4pm
July 11 - Aug. 14, Tuesdays through Sundays, 12-4pm
Aug. 15 - Nov. 26, Fridays & Saturdays 12-4pm
Join us for a story of how the last two generations at Cherry Hill responded to social, economic, and personal change at the turn of the 20th century. Artifacts in each room vividly tell the story of Catherine Rankin’s loss of her wealth and near loss of her ancestral home—and her family’s struggle to regain their financial standing and restore Cherry Hill to its colonial grandeur. This “warts and all” tour addresses such topics as immigration, women’s suffrage, American identity, and the roots of prejudice.
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Self-Guided Tours of the Gardens & Grounds:
Looking for a new spot to picnic, take photos, or explore the outdoors?
The historic gardens and grounds are open and free to the public during tour times, no reservation required.
For more information to help you prepare for your visit, including self-guides to the historic grounds, go to our About page and scroll down to Visit.
"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.
Looking for materials to support instruction?
Explore our online materials for digital collections, teaching units, and activities including a 3D tour of Cherry Hill!
Teacher Workshops: Check our Events page for our latest professional development opportunities for CTLE credit, or contact us directly.
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We can come to your school (space providing) or a location of your choice (we love to partner!).
Hudson River Trading Game
Grades 4 & 5
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 and discover how Hudson River trade was linked to global trade.
Group size: Up to 30 students
Length: Approximately 45 to 60 min. (depending on group size)
The *New* Cherry Hill Case
Grades 4 & 5
Through hands-on exploration of primary source documents, photographs and objects, students work together to investigate the roles, relationships, and every day lives of people who shared a home at Cherry Hill in the mid 1800s. The Cherry Hill Case is "closed" when students test their hypotheses through participation in a document-based Reader's Theatre.
This program compliments New York State Learning Standards in Social Studies and ELA.