Pets of Historic Cherry Hill Event August 19th

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On Saturday, August 19th, Historic Cherry Hill will present the 2nd annual The Pets of Cherry Hill event, from 1 to 4 pm.

Participants are invited to imagine Cherry Hill over a century ago, at the time of the “Bunnie Society,” at this free, all-ages event. The event is based on the “Bunnie Papers,” a collection of children’s artwork, stories, and business-related materials which chronicle the fifth generation’s fascinating garden and agricultural club activities, from the late 1890’s through 1903. Lovingly gathered and named by their mother, Van Rensselaer descendant and Cherry Hill matriarch Catherine Rankin, the collection includes genealogies of dozens of rabbits, chickens, and other pets who made up the imaginary world successively dubbed a “kingdom,” then “republic,” and finally a “society.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to view the collection and other objects related to the tradition of pet-keeping, and through guided house tours, learn about how the Rankins fit into the broader scheme of American pet-keeping and gardening from the Victorian Era through the mid-20th century. Families will see live animals and presenters, enjoy crafts and games, and explore Cherry Hill through a scavenger hunt based on the children’s hand-drawn maps in the collection.

The event will be held rain or shine at Historic Cherry Hill, 523½ South Pearl Street, Albany. For further information, e-mail  or call the museum at (518) 434-4791.

Historic Cherry Hill is a house museum which was once the five generation-home of the Van Rensselaer family and their descendants from 1787-1963.

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