Enslaved in Rensselaer County: Slavery at Crailo


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SK-A-285On Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00am-4:00pm Crailo in Rensselaer, NY will explore the lesser-known world of those who were enslaved by the Van Rensselaers and the history of slavery in New Netherland and New York.

Crailo will be open for special open-house style tours, featuring new interpretation of the cellar kitchen focusing on the role that enslaved people played at Crailo. 

This event marks the first phase in an ongoing project to interpret the Afro-Dutch experience in New Netherland and New York. This project was developed in conjunction with the Yale Public History Institute (http://www.yale.edu/glc/phi/) and includes new interpretation in Crailo’s permanent exhibit, a temporary exhibit set to open in 2015, associated events and programming.

Admission to this event is $3, children 12 and under are free.  In case of snow the event will be held on February 23.

On the same day please visit Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany for The Accused: Slavery and the Albany Fire of 1793.  Dramatic focus tours will be held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00p.m. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors and Students, $3 Children 12 and under and $5 for Friends of Schuyler Mansion.   Advance reservations are required.  Please call (518)434-0834 for reservations or more information on this and related events.

Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley and is one of 35 historic sites and 176 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  For more information please visit www.nysparks.com or www.facebook.com/CrailoStateHistoricSite or call (518)463-8738

Illustration: Margaretha van Raephorst (1690). Echtgenote van Cornelis Tromp, Jan Mijtens, 1668 Rijksmuseum.

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