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Historic Cherry Hill (Albany, NY 12202-1111)
Liselle M. LaFrance (Project Director: November 2006 to present)
Historic Cherry Hill: Initiative to Strengthen Public Access to the Humanities

Restoration of a 1787 house, endowment for the Curatorial and Research Department, and fund-raising expenses.

Historic Cherry Hill requests a $575,000 Challenge Grant from NEH in support of a $2.3 million capital campaign. HCH's objective in launching the campaign is to strengthen public intellectual access to the humanities and Cherry Hill's rich, unique resources. The campaign has three components: 1) restoration/ repairs to the 1787 home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places; 2) endowment of the Curatorial and Research Department, including salaries of the Curator, part-time Manuscript Specialist, and operation of the Edward Frisbee Center for Collections & Research; and 3) investment in the museum's development/fund raising program, which is essential to stabilizing and expanding operations now and in the years to come. Home to five generations of Van Rensselaers, Cherry Hill today tells a nationally significant story through a personal family lens, using the site's intact collections of 20,000 objects, 30,000 manuscripts, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Challenge Grants

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$575,000 (approved)
$575,000 (offered)
$550,091 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2006 – 10/31/2015