Historic Cherry Hill faced a number of challenges when it retained Innovative Resources Group to help prepare for a capital and endowment campaign. A new building had to be added to properly store Cherry Hill's vast, rotating collection of functional items, heirlooms, and more than 30,000 manuscripts gathered over 200 years. Major refurnishing and restorations were needed throughout the house, including improvements to the electrical system, visitor service areas, gardens and grounds.
Expansion was urgently needed for the Museum's curriculum-related programs, as well as for scholarship and research. Cherry Hill is chartered by the New York State Education Department, and its collections and programs serve numerous graduate and under-graduate programs through internships and on-site study.
Innovative Resources served as counsel throughout the entire pre-campaign phase. The firm wrote and designed a major piece, "Keeping Place, Keeping Pace," to help in campaign readiness by telling the story of Historic Cherry Hill and its compelling need to expand and refurbish. Innovative Resources also produced the materials for a successful, three-to-one matching funds challenge grant.
Cherry Hill is an 18th century Georgian-style house that was the heart and home of a five-generation Albany family. Built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, the house and is contents were bequeathed by the last surviving family member, Emily Rankin, to benefit the people of New York. Cherry Hill is a nationally recognized house museum and hub for research and scholarship.
Since its founding in 1964, Historic Cherry Hill has served in the role of a public trust, preserving a unique historical legacy for this generation and beyond. As an institution committed to education within an ever-changing community, Cherry Hill has been dedicated to using its rare resource - a comprehensive family history - to explore universally relevant issues for contemporary audiences.
Thousands of schoolchildren come to Cherry Hill throughout the year for highly acclaimed and historically rich programs that bring the past to life.