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Coming Soon: Video, Slides, & More

Thanks in part to a grant from the Verizon Foundation, The Hudson River Valley institute is building on our current offerings. Throughout this year, we’ll be adding video, slide-shows, and other materials that complement existing interpretive programs at heritage sites.

Tolerance or Not? A New Approach to Hudson Valley Colonies

The Center for Research, Regional Education & Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz offers free, relevant, and in-depth materials ready for classroom use.

Tugging on Superman’s Cape

This Thurs., Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., join members of Bard College’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck to see and discuss Waiting for Superman and other recent education documentaries.

Landscape Gardens on the Hudson

I spent a portion of this past Saturday happily hiking through the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery under bright skies. The trees were at the height of their foliage and our guide proved as adept at winding her way through the cemetery’s 165-acre labyrinth of paths, knolls, and grottoes, as she was at tracing the region’s history in the names on the monuments there.

Picking Your Own Food for Thought

In July, I found an ad for peach-picking at Fishkill Farms. Since arriving in the Hudson Valley, I had been planning a fall apple-picking expedition because I’d never been to an orchard before.

Bring Real-Time Hudson River Data to Class

The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) is an amazing network recording water quality and weather. Every 15 minutes it feeds conditions LIVE to our website.

Henry Knox: Myth and History

Don’t tell the folks at Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site where he held court as the Revolutionary War came to an end, but no one really cares about Henry Knox. It’s not that we shouldn’t, it’s just that we don’t – don’t have the stomach for it.

Growing Together

When I was developing the poster for our new program, Families Growing Together, I took six-year-old Brianna down to our garden plot for some pictures of a full basket of vegetables.

Where, After All, Do Human Rights Begin? In Small Places, Close to Home

That quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is close to Susanne Norris’s heart. An educator at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Susanne stays busy running a Discovery Center and a long list of education programs each using the historic homes in Hyde Park as teaching to tools in lessons about history, ecology, forestry, and many other topics.

Hudson Valley Innovation, From the River to the Skies

In 1910, Glenn Curtiss flew the length of the Hudson Valley, from Albany to New York City, setting a record for long-distance flight. It took 2 hours and 51 minutes and two refueling stops to complete the 152-mile trip.

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