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The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle


The Schuylers were a prominent Dutch family in New York in the 18th and 19th centuries, whose descendants played a central role in the formation of the United States. Renowned Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804) and his wife Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803) raised eight children in their Albany home. Catherine Schuyler was the great-great-granddaughter of Killian Van Rensselaer, the original founder of the Dutch colony of Rensselaerswyck. Catherine's marriage to Philip Schuyler linked two of New York's great landholding families. Philip Schuyler was known to care about the education of his daughters and paid for lessons in French, geography, history, writing, arithmetic, music and dancing. Catherine Schuyler raised their daughters with an awareness of their colonial Dutch New York heritage and their connections to members of the prominent Livingston, Bayard, Van Rensselaer and Van Cortlandt families. Sunday, Noon - 5PM; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10AM - 5PM; Thursday, 10AM - 8PM. Adults: $10, Seniors: $8 Students: $8, Children 6–12: $6, Children under 6: Free.

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