July 25-27, FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY

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Knowledge — that is, education in its true sense — is our best protection against
prejudice, and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests,
illiberal minorities or 
panic-stricken leaders. — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Boston, Oct. 31, 1932

Program Overview

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Two characteristics distinguish THV’s summer institutes. First, our programs are interdisciplinary mixing science, social studies, and culture — sometimes in the same session. Second, we invite all grades along with educators from non-school settings — museums, environmental organizations, libraries, historic sites, parks, and more.

We also respect educators as practitioners, intellectuals, and community members; introduce new content and skills; and provide follow-up and support. Our programs encourage active participation in making sense of new content and practices.

THV models settings where students, regardless of age, can generate ideas and questions, investigate, make meaning, reason, and solve real problems.

Registration includes at least two breakfasts and lunches. Fees: $125 for all three days; two days, $85; and one day, $45. Fees rise after July 4.

This year’s theme

Schools, historic sites, museums, parks, and community groups are well positioned to promote what FDR called “education in its true sense.”  Many of us already are pursuing this goal by teaching an understanding of democracy, practicing civil discourse, and modeling respect for diversity.

The planning committee hopes this institute provides opportunities to share experiences and strategies for this important work.

And, as proponents of place-based learning, we aim to help educators connect students with each other, significant places, and communities.

We believe this promotes an appreciation for and stewardship of our region’s diverse culture, history, and ecosystems while promoting civic engagement.

Photos from top, a sneak peek at this year’s sessions: giant traveling map of NYS, Hands (& Feet) on Learning (NY Sea Grant); comic by Kevin Nordstrom, History Comics Club: Connecting Students to their Heritage One Panel at a Time; and an activity from Clearwater‘s Tideline Program (Tom O’Dowd).


Vinnie Bagwell at work. Photo by John Lewis.

Mountain or River? Building Classroom Communities with Gina Dellatte, high school ELA teacher, Newburgh Free Academy North, NECSD


A Sculptor’s Rain Garden: Honoring the Enslaved Africans of Philipse Manor Hall through the Arts featuring Vinnie Bagwell, sculptor, and Ty Gray-EL, storyteller