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19th Annual Albany History Fair: "World War I - The Albany Home Front"

  • Dates: May 6, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: FREE!
  • Overview

    Join us for the 19th Annual Albany History Fair: “World War I • The Albany Home Front”

    What was it like in Albany during World War I? Come to the Albany History Fair at Historic Cherry Hill on May 6th to experience it!

    In an original play, actors in the historic house will bring to life the tragic experience of the Rankins of Cherry Hill, and virtual reality technology will transport audiences onto the boat where son and brother Captain Herbert Rankin began his journey to France.

    How did the war economy affect daily life? In Cherry Hill’s historic kitchen, Domestic Historian Brittney Belz will offer a show-and-tell on what people ate during World War I. Let the canning begin!

    In Cherry Hill’s bedrooms, view uniforms, posters, books, and Red Cross artifacts that belonged to the Rankin family…while listening to World War I music on a historic gramophone player.

    Under the tent, heritage organizations—including the New York State Capitol and the New York State Museum—will offer mini-exhibitions on the war and other topics, and Historian Kimberly Lamay will offer an illustrated lecture on war World War I propaganda.

    On the grounds, there will be reenactors, crafts, trivia games, period music, period-inspired food, and much more!

    See you at the fair!