Participants are invited to imagine Cherry Hill over a century ago, at the time of the “Bunnie Society,” at this free event. The event is based on the “Bunnie Papers,” a collection of artwork, stories, and business-related materials which chronicled the fifth generation’s fascinating garden and agricultural club from the late 1890’s through 1903. Lovingly gathered and named by their mother, Van Rensselaer descendant and Cherry Hill matriarch Catherine Rankin, the collection includes genealogies of dozens of rabbits, chickens, and other pets who made up the imaginary world successively dubbed a “kingdom,” then “republic,” and finally a “society.”
Visitors will have the opportunity to view the collection and other objects related to the tradition of pet keeping, and through guided house tours, learn about how the Rankins fit into the broader scheme of Victorian pet-keeping and 20th century pets in America. Families will see live animals and presenters, enjoy crafts and games, and explore Cherry Hill through a scavenger hunt based on hand-drawn maps in the collection.