Posts About: History

Understanding Slavery in the Hudson Valley

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), has been telling the story of slavery in the colonial north for more than 20 years. Now, with the National Endowment for the Humanities, HHV offers “Slavery in the Colonial North”, a summer institute for teachers, July 9-14 at Philipsburg Manor.

Happy Holidays from THV!

Happy holidays and best wishes for a peaceful new year from THV. We hope you enjoy these winter scenes by Woodstock artist Harry Gottlieb (1895-1992). Keep teaching the Hudson Valley!

December is Human Rights Month

Activities and lessons commemorating adoption of the UDHR can be especially meaningful in the Hudson Valley because of Eleanor Roosevelt’s lead role in drafting and securing its passage.

Val-Kill to introduce local student’s activity book

Mariama Dabo, a fifth grader at Hawk Meadow Montessori in Poughkeepsie, researched and created the newest Junior Ranger activity book for the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (ELRO).

Courageous Young Writers

Courageous Writers: Hyde Park is an anthology of site-based, history-inspired work by young writers. The letter and poem reprinted here were prompted by students’ contemplation of the lives of servants who cared for the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt estates — and their residents.

NPS Centennial: Find YOUR Park

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial THV’s summer book group tackled “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns (Knopf Doubleday, 2009, 403 pp). Participants reflected on their favorite parks, and we’ll be sharing their observations. Here are two.

Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley
Museum without walls

Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley, a project of the NYS Bridge Authority, shares new resources for classrooms, libraries, and community centers.

Clermont: Not Your Grandmother’s Historic Site

Meet Susan, Emily, and Leslie of Clermont State Historic Site! Read on to hear how they’re connecting local students with history, food, and gardening. See them in person at this summer’s institute.

Archaeology open house, June 25

NYS Museum archaeologists are working at Schuyler Flatts (Albany County) to learn more about how Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans left their mark on the flood plain. A free open house this Sat., June 25, is a rare opportunity to tour the area, see technologies used to conduct excavations, and talk with archaeologists.

Laying Bricks to Build Dialogue

“How has immigration affected your life?” — That’s the question Peter Wong is asking visitors at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and participants in his workshop, “Streets Paved with Gold” at THV’s summer institute.