Historic Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill "Turning history upside down." Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of one Albany household. Built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, Cherry Hill was lived in until 1963 by extended family, enslaved people, descendants, and servants—who left artifacts, documents, and stories behind.
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Mission: Historic Cherry Hill invites visitors and researchers to explore American history through the unique lens of one Albany household and, through intimate encounter with the past, encourages audiences toward new perspectives on their own stories and place in history.

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Historic Cherry Hill
09/04/2020

Historic Cherry Hill

A few highlights from our tour at @tenbroeckmansion yesterday, and then the things we didn’t even get to! The home of Albany County Historical Association, Ten Broeck has a rich history starting with the Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth van Rensselaer, and then with the Olcott family. The tour focused on “working spaces,” including external buildings (demolished) and kitchen spaces, and the people who used them, and is available online.
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Elmendorf and Emily Rankin were active in the ACHA and in preserving the house, presumably because of its Dutch heritage, from 1945-1960. Elmendorf was the attorney assisting in ACHA’s acquisition of the Mansion in 1948, and Emily served as Secretary in 1949. So we’ve captured some views of the dining room and view of the kitchen service area and plate warmer, as well as of the mansion itself and some collections to give you a greater sense of space and context.
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#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #historymatters #humanities #historynerd #capitalrgegionny #capitalregionny #capny #518 #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany

A few highlights from our tour at @tenbroeckmansion yesterday, and then the things we didn’t even get to! The home of Al...
09/04/2020

A few highlights from our tour at @tenbroeckmansion yesterday, and then the things we didn’t even get to! The home of Albany County Historical Association, Ten Broeck has a rich history starting with the Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth van Rensselaer, and then with the Olcott family. The tour focused on “working spaces,” including external buildings (demolished) and kitchen spaces, and the people who used them, and is available online.
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Elmendorf and Emily Rankin were active in the ACHA and in preserving the house, presumably because of its Dutch heritage, from 1945-1960. Elmendorf was the attorney assisting in ACHA’s acquisition of the Mansion in 1948, and Emily served as Secretary in 1949. So we’ve captured some views of the dining room and view of the kitchen service area and plate warmer, as well as of the mansion itself and some collections to give you a greater sense of space and context.
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#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #historymatters #humanities #historynerd #capitalrgegionny #capitalregionny #capny #518 #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany

09/03/2020
Today’s building story is another child making their mark: E.W.G.In the family workshop and storage place, Edward Wester...
09/02/2020

Today’s building story is another child making their mark: E.W.G.

In the family workshop and storage place, Edward Westerlo Gould, a peer of the Rankin children, wrote his initials. Can you see it?

Now our volunteer room, this basement room was also Jimmy Knapp’s room for the 18 months he living at Cherry Hill after Richard Van Rensselaer’s death.

We have another Dutchman going Anglo-American this week. While many of the sites we’ve looked at were preserved for thei...
09/01/2020

We have another Dutchman going Anglo-American this week. While many of the sites we’ve looked at were preserved for their connections to prominent Dutch families in Albany, most of the 18th-century buildings their descendants preserved hardly resembled the old Dutch architecture that occupied Pearl Street. This week is no different.
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Like Philip Schuyler before him, Abraham Ten Broeck built a Georgian mansion (c. 1797), and then after him, Thomas Wolff Olcott renovated the mansion in the Greek Revival style. Wity Van Rensselaer and Revolutionary ties, the Mansion was preserved in 1948, after 100 years of Olcott family ownership.
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This Thursday, our #BuildingStories #virtualtour brings us to Ten Broeck Mansion, home of the Albany County Historical Association, to explore “the working spaces” and the stories they hold about people enslaved in the Ten Broeck era and the Black, Irish and German servants of the Olcott era (1848-1947). Like so many houses preserved in Albany and elsewhere, the intent and exclusive heritage that prompted people to preserve these spaces doesn’t need to—and shouldn’t—foreclose the diverse stories they can tell. You can watch on Facebook Live Thursday at 5 p.m., or catch it Friday on IGTV.
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Image: transferware plate depicting Dutch buildings on North Pearl Street near Maiden Lane. Produced by Wedgwood for sale by Van Heusen Charles. Collection of Historic Cherry Hill.
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#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #historicpreservation #preservation #museumathome #capny #capitalrgegionny #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany

08/31/2020

We’ve been touring different sites in Albany with #BuildingStories, layers of history behind bricks or boarded up, or personal and family histories. We’re pairing that with an interactive feature, and for that, we need your help.

Many of our virtual tours have been focused on the Dutch—a reflection on the powerful voices that shaped preservation (and with it, our shared history) in the 19th and 20th centuries. But what’s missing? What are Albany’s #BuildingStories?

Head over to our mapping project to record your favorite buildings, the personal and public stories they tell, and how they make Albany our city.

https://viewer.mapme.com/building-stories-2020

#preservationmatters #preservingthepersonal #albany #albanyny #capitaregionny #capny #getcaptivated #keepalbanyboring #nyhistory #albanydoesntsuck #518 #518lovewhereyoulive #discoveralbany

Historic Cherry Hill would like to thank the generous sponsors and Honorary Committee members who made our Virtual Histo...
08/31/2020
Special Thanks to the Sponsors and Honorary Committee of The Albany History Fair: #BuildingStories

Historic Cherry Hill would like to thank the generous sponsors and Honorary Committee members who made our Virtual History Fair, #BuildingStories possible. Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Humanities New York, Cohoes Savings Foundation, Worth Gretter, Maryrita Dobiel....

https://historiccherryhill.wordpress.com/2020/08/31/special-thanks-to-the-sponsors-and-honorary-committee-of-the-albany-history-fair-buildingstories/

Historic Cherry Hill would like to thank the generous sponsors and Honorary Committee members who made our Virtual History Fair, #BuildingStories possible. Hudson River Valley National Heritage Are…

While Jimmy inherited Richard Van Rensselaer’s books in 1880, at 37 years old, he found himself with no home and no empl...
08/31/2020

While Jimmy inherited Richard Van Rensselaer’s books in 1880, at 37 years old, he found himself with no home and no employment for the first time in his life. In this, the only written letter we have from his sister Minnie, who had lived at Cherry Hill from the time she was 2 years old, she writes to Jimmy while he visits their brother Richard in Philadelphia, praising his safe arrival, and then letting him know that he would have a home at Cherry Hill when he returned to Albany.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#housemuseum #historichouse #historicsite #archives #fromthearchives #humanities #socialstudies #grade4 #grade5 #neh #nehcares #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #albanyny #discoveralbany

Jimmy Knapp inherited books from Richard Van Rensselaer in 1880, and held them for the rest of his life. Jimmy inscribed...
08/29/2020

Jimmy Knapp inherited books from Richard Van Rensselaer in 1880, and held them for the rest of his life. Jimmy inscribed his name in this one, “Wm. James Knapp,” one, American Scenery, and kept it for the rest of his life.
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We learned so much about the Schuylers’ decor and the ways Schuyler Mansion reproduced and evokes Georgian elegance in t...
08/28/2020

We learned so much about the Schuylers’ decor and the ways Schuyler Mansion reproduced and evokes Georgian elegance in their Albany home. Swipe to see rooms, molds, and details of their work, and get the full story here on Facebook.
#buildingstories #historichouse #historicsite #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #restoration #18thcentury #18thcenturyarchitecture #georgian #younggeorgians #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

08/27/2020

We're here with Heidi Hill, Historic Site Manager of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, to learn about their restoration efforts for #BuildingStories.

An etiquette lesson clipped to a letter from Kittie Rankin (then Putnam) to her cousin Hattie, in 1867. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...
08/26/2020

An etiquette lesson clipped to a letter from Kittie Rankin (then Putnam) to her cousin Hattie, in 1867.
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“A GOOD SUGGESTION—An exchange very sensibly remarks that if ladies, in making their exit in the crowd down the stairways of our places of amusement, would take hold of their dresses, instead of letting them drag the space of three steps behind them, they would save themselves the inconvenience of furnishing a temporary stair carpet to those who follow them.”
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#housemuseum #fromthearchives #19thcentury #19c #nineteenthcentury #etiquette #etiquettelesson #emilypost #fashion #fashionhistory #costumehistory #womenshistory #dresstrain #stairrunner #518fashion @ Albany, New York

In 1924, Schuyler Mansion was the site of a diplomatic reception for the Dutch ambassador, which the Rankins attended. S...
08/25/2020

In 1924, Schuyler Mansion was the site of a diplomatic reception for the Dutch ambassador, which the Rankins attended. Schuyler Mansion is again hosting guests from Cherry Hill this Thursday, when they’re taking us on a #virtualtour for #buildingstories. Join us at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As part of the #albanyhistoryfair, #BuildingStories is brought to you with support from Humanities NY, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Cohoes Savings Bank Foundation, and our Honorary Committee. Special thanks to the Historic Albany Foundation, which is co-sponsoring these events with us!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Historic Cherry Hill has an uncommon collecting plan: we only acquire objects with known provenance to the house, or obj...
08/24/2020

Historic Cherry Hill has an uncommon collecting plan: we only acquire objects with known provenance to the house, or objects for our teaching collections. There’s no “of the period” because we already have what they had—nearly 70,000 objects and manuscripts. They just saved seemingly everything, including trade cards.
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But one thing they don’t appear to have saved are trade cards from the music store that Jimmy Knapp worked for, J. H. Hidley, Piano, Organ and Music Dealer located at 552 Broadway. With a giant hat tip to our intern who located these on eBay as we work on our #nehcares project on Black life at Cherry Hill, we’re adding these to the teaching collection.
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#humanities #historichouse #housemuseum #19c #nineteenthcentury #materialculture #visualculture #ephemera #newacquisition #tradecards #musicstore #blackhistory365 #albanyny #albanyhistory #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

After spending weeks with friends and neighbors, sometimes you just need a weekend at home to restore.Historic Cherry Hi...
08/22/2020

After spending weeks with friends and neighbors, sometimes you just need a weekend at home to restore.

Historic Cherry Hill is open for free, self-guided tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays by reservation, in addition to our virtual tours around Albany for #BuildingStories each Thursday.

A few views from our great tour at 48 Hudson. If you don’t know the story, Albany’s oldest house (built 1728) was hidden...
08/21/2020

A few views from our great tour at 48 Hudson. If you don’t know the story, Albany’s oldest house (built 1728) was hidden under a more modern architecture, and rediscovered in the 1980s, starting its restoration and preservation journey. But this site isn’t just important to Albany—it’s the oldest standing example of Dutch colonial architecture in the Hudson Valley!

Sharing a few behind-the-scenes pics from yesterday’s tour, including a closer view of the clapboards—technically weatherboards, the brick and whitewashing, as well as the posts installed later, and a view of the second floor. You can explore 48 Hudson’s #BuildingStories more on our video or go beyond what we could share in our short tour by heading to The Historic Albany Foundation website, where they have a Matterport virtual model of the house, where you can pinpoint specific evidence of beams, boards, phones, and more. One thing you can’t see though, is the chalking on the ceiling boards on the second floor, which weren’t revealed until after the model was done.

#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #adaptivereuse #nyhistory #colonialarchitecture #18thcentury #eighteenthcentury #19thcentury #dutchny #historicsite #hudsonvalley #andnorth #capitalrgegionny #capny #albanyny #discoveralbany

08/20/2020
#BuildingStories at 48 Hudson

We’re at 48 Hudson with a #BuildingStories #virtual tour with Cara Macri, Albany’s oldest building. Cara will talk about how the building looked around the turn of the century, the 19th century that is, and give a bit of context about the neighborhood. She will also touch upon Historic Albany’s current stabilization work being done onsite.

She'll show the first floor where the construction is and have some print outs of photos and renderings.

For #BuildingStories, we’ve been highlighting historic buildings in Albany and the stories they preserve. But before the...
08/19/2020
Historic Cherry Hill's #BuildingStories Maps for the 2020 Albany History Fair

For #BuildingStories, we’ve been highlighting historic buildings in Albany and the stories they preserve. But before these sites became landmarks, they were part of the community fabric. They were preserved because of individual commitments, personal narratives, and collective effort. The Rankins preserved Cherry Hill first for themselves, and then because they thought their stories mattered, and they worked with others to preserve Dutch colonial heritage in Albany. But what if we all had the power and drive to preserve what is personal? What would be Albany’s stories if we had a more inclusive history of architecture and collective memory? What would preservation and our community look like?

Historic Cherry Hill and @thehistoricalbanyfoundation invite you to #mapalbany and join us in #preservingthepersonal. Through this interactive map, you can see some favorite buildings, explore architectural history, read and see the stories shared in our built environment, and how they represent a broader experience.

More than that, you can share and preserve your story. What’s your favorite building? Why? What story should we be preserving? On the website, you can submit stories, pictures, creative work, and build an inclusive history of Albany past and present.

https://viewer.mapme.com/30543c0a-1f59-4baa-8975-bbdcd0ff5329

#historicpreservation #preservationmatters #preservation #thisplacematters #humanities #capitalrgegionny #capny #albany #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany #mapalbany #preservingthepersonal

This year, the Albany History Fair will be a virtual experience, and this year's theme is #BuildingStories. Historic Cherry Hill will be looking at Albany's buildings and what they mean to residents. This interactive map will allow users to look at locations within two categories:the South End Hist....

It’s another #virtualtour for the Albany History Fair this Thursday at 5 p.m. with @thehistoricalbanyfoundation.Join Car...
08/18/2020

It’s another #virtualtour for the Albany History Fair this Thursday at 5 p.m. with @thehistoricalbanyfoundation.

Join Cara Macri for a tour of 48 Hudson, Albany’s oldest building. Cara will talk about how the building looked around the turn of the century, the 19th century that is, and give a bit of context about the neighborhood. She will also touch upon Historic Albany’s current stabilization work being done onsite.

If you can’t make it Thursday, or you don’t use Facebook, we’re now adding these to IGTV. See you soon! @ Albany, New York

A little something we couldn’t quite capture on camera last week. When the Callendar family took possession of Crailo in...
08/17/2020

A little something we couldn’t quite capture on camera last week. When the Callendar family took possession of Crailo in the 1870s, they did their best to “restore” the house and make it a tourist attraction in the first phase of the Colonial Revival. Under some modern ductwork, is this “cornerstone”—midway on the northern cellar wall and facing inward— a false #buildingstory, or rather, one about tourism and marketing, and later used.
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Our next one has so many layers of use. Tour another site in Albany’s Dutch heritage this week when we head to 48 Hudson with our #albanyhistoryfair cosponsors, @thehistoricalbanyfoundation.
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Sometimes preservation is personal, sometimes it’s community-based, sometimes it’s commercial, and sometimes it’s entirely accidental. Join us this Thursday at 5 p.m. to tour a preservation site that comes to us accidentally—or even, despite efforts to hide the historic fabric—by fate.
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#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservationmatters #thisplacematters #colonialrevival #dutchny #historicsite #capitalrgegionny #capny #albanyny #discoveralbany

Houses often evolved alongside families. One of HCH #BuildingStories is a fairly common one now a days, about a young co...
08/16/2020

Houses often evolved alongside families. One of HCH #BuildingStories is a fairly common one now a days, about a young couple looking to set out on their own, but struggling to do so. This northern wing was added in the 1870s after Hattie Elmendorf married John Gould. Gould had a series of disagreements with his in-laws throughout the marriage, but early on, he just wanted out of the house. Unfortunately, the rental market in Albany was tight, and so the family built an extension with separate entrance so he didn’t have to walk through main parts of the house. The Goulds moved to New Jersey within a few years. The Rankins May have briefly considered renting the space, but ultimately kept the homes to themselves. The porch was redone again, but the exterior door remains, as do the entrances to the North Parlor and bedrooms. Can you tell it’s a door not a window behind that white railing?

#buildingstories #historicpreservation #preservation #thisoldhouse #multigenerationalliving #newlyweds #housemuseum #historichouse #capitalregionny #albanyny #albanyhistoryfair #discoveralbany @ Albany, New York

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Hello there, I have attempted to document the descendants of Killian Van Rensselaer on Wikitree, you can see the result of the mutual efforts of myself and other Wikitree contributors at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Rensselaer-36 These connections are essential to understanding the Cherry Hill Story
Sharing this again, because that’s what I’m doing today: giving and sharing. Plus, it’s almost 8!
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