Rensselaer, N.Y. – On August 12 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, discover how colonists in the Hudson River Valley prepared ice cream on hot summer days, long before electricity made it easy to keep things cold. Watch as interpreters in period costume use colonial era recipes, ice cream molds, and a reproduction 18th century ice cream maker called a sabotiere to prepare this summer treat the old fashioned way. A scavenger hunt will highlight items in the museum related to Dutch colonial dairy production, the sugar trade, and more. Visitors of all ages will also learn how to make their own ice cream at home, using basic ingredients and simple techniques.
The museum will be open for self-guided visitation during the program, including the special exhibit A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World. Admission is $3 per person, free for children under 12 years old, and free to members of the Friends of Fort Crailo. The Marketplace Museum shop will be open, featuring one of a kind items as well as books and souvenirs related to the colonial Dutch.
Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. For information on this season’s special events, programs, exhibits and this year’s Saratoga-Capital District Regional Geocache Challenge please find Crailo on the New York State Parks website at www.nysparks.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrailoStateHistoricSite or by calling (518)463-8738.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.
Crailo State Historic Site
9 ½ Riverside Ave, Rensselaer, New York 12144