Posts About: History

Find Your Park, Find Your Fun
Community Discovery Day

Sat., May 6, staff and volunteers at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites are eager to share lesser-known features of these treasured places with local families. Special free activities will highlight unique aspects of these national historic sites.

What’s Hugo’s Story?

What’s Hugo’s story? Let’s back up. The real question was, “What is the story of the New Paltz Huguenots, and how could I break it down so kids got it?” It’s the first question I pondered upon becoming Historic Huguenot Street’s school programming coordinator. I had taught for years so I was used to asking those kinds of questions.

Sweet Wine Berries

India’s essay about Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site is one of three top-scoring middle school essays in this year’s Writing about Place. India is a student of Patricia Young at Cornwall Central Middle School.

What’s new with THV?

We don’t usually flog our own events on the blog, but it seemed like time for a round up. Hope to see you soon.

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.