Time for a break, but we’ll be back soon

THV is on vacation, but we’ll be back late in October with new posts. In the meantime, there’s lots going on and lots to plan for throughout the fall.

Explore Awards

THV makes grants throughout the school year with no application deadline, but while we’re away, no applications will be processed. Explore Awards are matching grants intended to (1) Create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to significant places. (2) Encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures. (3) Connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning. Get started here.

October events

Fri. and Sat., Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28, 6-9 pm: Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours, Clermont State Historic Site. Attend a 1921 Halloween party complete with medium, crystal ball, and Ouija board.

When the séance goes wrong, the lights go out and the house fills with ghosts from the mansion’s 250 year history. Some are scary and some are funny, but
all the stories are true! Adults, $12; Friends
of Clermont, $8; 12 and under, $5. Reservations required: 518-537-4240.

Sat., Oct. 28, 8:30-10:30 pm: Moonlight Hike, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Explore the darkness. Learn about changes that happen in nature in the fall.  Plus, history and nature activities on the shore of the Hudson River at Bard Rock. Two-mile round trip walk, mainly on a pavement with one hill. Flashlights welcome; lanterns provided. Bring a smart phone to use an astronomy app. Register for free,  print your ticket, and bring it with you. Space is limited. Children five and up are welcome with an adult.

For more activities see our coming events section.

It’s LGBTQ History Month

Introduced in 1994 by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educators Network, the month-long celebration promotes learning LGBTQ history to improve the school experiences of LGBTQ students and help all students better understand our varied world.

Get a  timeline, coloring book, and additional educator resources here. Get random LGBTQ history facts by texting HISTORY to 21333. Share photos and thoughts about the importance of teaching LGBT history on Instagram with #LGBTQhistory.

Writing about Place due  Nov. 10

Once again we’re asking Hudson Valley students, K-12, to write about places they love in the region. Get forms, guidelines, and resources here. If your museum, historic site, or park would like to add to the prizes offered,  or if you’re interested in being a reader, drop us a note at info@teachingthehudson.org.

Teaching about Wildlife Migration, Dec. 4

Learn more about eels, bald eagles, striped bass, and sturgeon — their habitats and how to teach about them in active ways. Join the Hudson River Estuary Program (NYS DEC) and THV for their annual daylong series of workshops for teaching about the estuary in schools and non-formal settings. Free at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center on the grounds of the Home of FDR National Historic Site and the Presidential Library and Museum.  Read more. Register now.

Resources from #THV2017

This year’s institute, Building Community with Place-Based Learning, focused on tools and strategies for teaching an understanding of democracy, practicing civil discourse, and modeling respect for all. Place-based learning was a key component since it promotes appreciation for and stewardship of  culture, history, and ecosystems while promoting civic engagement. For an idea of how packed the three days were, get descriptions of the workshops and/or field experiences. To go deeper, take a look at materials presenters shared from their sessions.