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Field Trips

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Historic Sites & Field Trips

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Historic Sites & Field Trips

Quakers of Pawling

"The town of Pawling, located roughly 20 miles from the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, was once home to the largest community of Society of Friends (Quakers) in the Mid-Hudson River Valley region. The Quakers of Quaker Hill and Pawling brought with them a conservative Christian view, a unique perspective on society and culture, and a long tradition of close community. Nathan Birdsall moved to the Pawling area in 1728, bringing with him his family and Quaker religion. Over the next several years more Quakers followed suit and established a community on what is known as Quaker Hill."

Palatine Germans of Newburgh

Huguenots of New Paltz

"The French Huguenots of New Paltz developed from a cultural heritage of refuge and persecution. Forced to flee France during the religious tirades of Louis XIV during the 1600s, this group briefly relocated to Die Pflaz, in the Palatinate region of Germany. From here the group immigrated to America during the 1660’s, and settled among the Dutch colony of Kingston (later an English colony in 1664)."

Van Cortlandt Manor

"At Van Cortlandt Manor, explore the stone manor house and brick ferry house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet country road along the Croton River."

Stonecrop Gardens

"Located in Cold Spring, New York, Stonecrop Gardens is a public garden that is the headquarters of the Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization. The garden was the home of Anne and Frank Cabot, who founded the Garden Conservancy in 1989 hoping to “preserve America’s finest gardens for posterity and to enhance public appreciation of gardens as part of our artistic and cultural heritage” (Casal 2007)."

Poet's Walk

"Poet’s Walk Park is a beautiful garden that is located between a country road and the Hudson River in Red Hook, New York. Poet’s walk is considered to be a romantic landscape, intended to celebrate the connection between landscape and poetry. (Hudson River Heritage) Poet’s Walk is 120 acres of gentle hills, creeks, woodlands, and river views that are hard to find today. “The classic wooden vistas, sunlit fields and thick forest were the main focus of the landscape
architect Hans Jacob Ehlers vision for the property in 1849.”

Opus 40 Garden

"Opus 40 is located in Saugerties, New York. It lies between Kingston and Woodstock. All three
of these towns have unique attractions as well as many links to one another. While inWoodstock you may be tempted to visit the site of the Woodstock Festival, however, no such site exists! Woodstock ‘69 actually took place in Bethel, but was originally scheduled to take place in the Town of Woodstock and the name stuck. Saugerties is home to Opus 40, but the Historical Society of Saugerties has information on other attractions in the area. Kingston also has a number of historical and entertainment attractions including the Old Dutch Reformed Church, where New York State's first Governor, George Clinton is buried, and the State Senate House, where New York State's Constitution was written!"

Montgomery Place

"The glamorous Montgomery Place is located in Annandale-on-Hudson in northern Dutchess
County just off Route 103 in the Town of Red Hook. Apple and other fruit trees are still being grown on the property and are a significant part of Hudson Valley agriculture. The fruit from these trees can be purchased in season at the farm stand on Route 9G."

Lasdon Park and Arboretum

"Lasdon Park and Arboretum is located in Somers, New York however it has a Katonah mailing address. Both towns and the county of Weschester take great pride in this garden. Lasdon Park and Arboretum is important to Westchester County servicemen and women from various branches of the military. Located at the park are four memorials to honor military service. They are The Trail of Honor, The Korean War Memorial, The Westchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and The Merchant Marine Memorial. Other memorials located at Lasdon Park that honor the local area include the William and Mildred Lasdon Memorial Garden, The Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden, Ongoing Botanical, and The Mildred D. Lasdon Bird and Nature Sanctuary."

Kendall Sculpture Garden

"The Kendall Sculpture Gardens are a significant part of the National Heritage Areas as well as part of the Hudson River Valley. Created by Donald M. Kendall, the co-founder of PepsiCo, the gardens combine architecture, landscape, and sculpture; sparking creativity in the business world. The grounds feature landscapes including fountains, lakes, courtyards, gardens, and ponds. It formerly was a polo-club, and in 1970 was transformed into the PepsiCo headquarters. When PepsiCo moved its headquarters from Manhattan to Purchase, NY, Kendall wanted to create an environment where business could thrive. He hoped to fashion an ambience of inspiration and serenity for his employees and the public, and from this came the Kendall Sculpture Gardens."


"The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is dedicated to honoring and sharing the environmental and design legacy of Beatrix Farrand. By restoring and preserving her garden at Bellefield and offering educational programs, the association inspires visitors and increases public appreciation of her pioneering work. As the earliest existing example of her private work, the garden at Bellefield is a striking illustration of Farrand's masterful design, presented in an intimate and accessible setting. As a living testament to Farrand's influential horticultural legacy -- not only as a designer, but as the world's first female landscape architect -- the garden provides an ideal platform to tell this pioneering woman's story through lectures, tours and educational programs. Bellefield is located on the property of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, and the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association maintains a close working relationship with the National Park Service."





Samuel F.B. Morse

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born on April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of Jedidiah Morse, a pastor who was as well known for his geography as Noah Webster, a friend of the family, was known for his dictionaries.

Huguenot Historical Society

"The Huguenot Historical Society invites you to journey back in time by exploring the historic house museums of Huguenot Street and the nearby Locust Lawn mansion and farm complex. While the original portion of many of the homes date to the 1680s, continuous family ownership through the centuries resulted in modifications to meet changing needs, offering the visitor a unique chance to experience the history of a Hudson Valley village through the ages. So come and experience three hundred years of history!"

FDR Presidential Library and Museum

"Educational Resources on FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt including biographies, online photos and exhibits, and preparation material for a site visit."

The Ashokan Center

"The Ashokan Center is a not for profit 380 acre Outdoor and Environmental Center located in Olive Bridge,N.Y. in Ulster County. As the longest running outdoor education center in the state, our year round programs for elementary, middle and high school have served countless students over the last 50 years. Each school can customize our programs for day or overnight trips. Engaging activities  include forest science, living history, adventure, aquatic science, colonial crafts team building, music, team building, art  and others."

Watershed Education Resources

"This website provides professional materials and information for educators including Field Trip suggestions, cultural programs, and information about classroom-based science programs."

Van Cortlandt Manor School Programs

"At Van Cortlandt Manor, explore the stone manor house and brick ferry house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet country road along the Croton River."

Philipsburg Manor School Programs

"Tour the 300-year-old manor house. Its dairy, kitchens, bedchambers, warehouse rooms and parlor attest to its significance as a place of work, business, trade, leisure, and repose. Period artifacts and touchable reproductions give you an understanding of the people who lived and worked here.

Visit the activity center and explore the foodways, textile production techniques, and medicinal practices of Philipsburg Manor's inhabitants. Shell some beans, work flax into linen, or produce a tray of ship biscuits. Nearby is the slaves' garden, with vegetables and herbs for consumption, market, and medicinal purposes.

Enter the new world Dutch barn and help thresh some wheat. With its pastoral setting, rich social history, hands-on activities, and demonstrations of colonial life, Philipsburg Manor provides everybody with an unforgettable experience."

Sunnyside School Programs

"A gently curved path leads to gorgeous views of the Hudson River and reveals the allure of Sunnyside's unique design, its intimate setting, its bucolic grounds, and its association with a beloved man of letters.

The grounds reflect Washington Irving's romantic view of art, nature, and history. He arranged garden paths, trees and shrubs, vistas, and water features to appear natural, and planted an exotic wisteria vine (still growing) to envelope the house."

Union Church School Programs

"The enthralling story of the windows, and how they came to be here, is the story of relationships among distinguished patrons and collectors of modern art, two great 20th-century artists, and the leading connoisseurs and tastemakers of the day."

Lyndhurst Education Programs

"Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts."

Boscobel's School Program

"On-site programming utilizes the 30-minute Station Rotation concept. Teachers choose from a menu of themed, guided activities to compose a three-themed schedule lasting up to two hours. Boscobel’s museum educator focuses on activities in an age-appropriate manner which affords a high level of student engagement."

Olana Educational Programs

"Olana’s programs provide an opportunity to engage the imagination, encourage creativity and explore the tenets of art, architecture, language arts and the environment. Explore the lives of the people who lived at Olana, the history of the 19th century and the Hudson River School."

Neuberger Museum of Art School Programs and Tours

"The Neuberger Museum of Art offers in-depth school programs that explore interdisciplinary themes and enrich classroom studies while helping schools meet state learning standards for arts, social studies, and English language arts curricula."
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site Educational Programs

"The education programs at John Jay Homestead are diverse and appeal to the youngest of audiences to adults. Parents or grandparents can come to share some time with their little ones, kids can enjoy our summer camp, teachers can bring their classes for field trips, and adults can enjoy well-known authors at our Scholars Lectures."

Dia: Beacon School Programs

"Dia Art Foundation's education philosophy couples experience-based exposure to contemporary art with a rigorous pedagogical approach aimed at engendering creative freedom, authentic thought, and personally meaningful learning. Taking its name from the Greek prefix for "through," Dia approaches education with the idea of art as an active, self-determined experience. In keeping with the innovative and unconventional nature of the collection, the Dia experience fosters inquiry-based and multidisciplinary exploration while providing tools for critical engagement and direct exchange."

Staatsburgh State Historic Site Educational Programs

"The elegant mansion, restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance, is open for tours and the house and grounds offer special events throughout the year." 

Clermont State Historic Site Educational Programs

"The Friends of Clermont is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1977 to support and supplement the museum, education and historic preservation at Clermont. The Friends of Clermont encourages volunteerism and raises financial support through membership dues, museum store revenue, grants and contributions. For more than 30 years the Friends have effectively collaborated with the State in protecting, enhancing, and promoting this special place."

Albany Institute of History and Art Student Programs

"The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to excellence in education.  We offer unique learning opportunities that address NY state and National Learning Standards, integrating Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics through object based learning.  All of the fun and engaging experiences offered are based on the Institute's renowned collections and are led by NY state certified teachers and professionally trained docents."

New York State Museum Educational Programs


Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site Educational Resources

"Philipse Manor Hall offers standards-based education programs that encourage students to analyze history using primary sources, including place, objects, and photographs. Students of all ages use the Manor Hall and its rich history to develop an enthusiasm for the past and a greater understanding of important movements and turning points in history."



Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Student Programs

"Students will dig in to discover the sustainable farming methods used at Stone Barns and better understand how the farm works as an ecosystem. Seasonally relevant explorations of our vegetable growing areas and live-stock habits will help students to get closer to the sources of their food, and a hands-on chore will give them a tactile way to get involved in sustainable agriculture."


The Historical Society of Rockland County School Programs



Caramoor House Museum Programs for School Children

"Our Schools & Kids programs focus on making the arts and creativity integral to the educational process. We work with thousands of school children each year, many from from underserved schools, and help them open their eyes, ears, and minds through exposure to music and culture."



Katonah Museum of Art School Programs

"With more than 100 member schools and service organizations, the Education Department is a rich resource for curriculum based learning.  We encourage collaboration to develop new ways of connecting visual observation to classroom objectives.  Each new exhibition, part of a diverse schedule that explores ideas about art, culture, and society, affords a unique opportunity for the study of fine art, language arts, social studies, and the sciences."



Constitution Island School Tours



The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame School Programs

"Take lessons out of our book and race to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for an educational adventure your students will always remember. Our innovative school programs use the American Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing to illustrate concepts in mathematics, history, science, language arts and more."


Web Based Resources

NPS - Teaching with Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

NPS - The Battle of Bennington

The lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark documentation file, "Bennington Battlefield," and on Philip Lord, Jr.'s War over Walloomscoick: Land Use and Settlement Patterns on the Bennington Battlefield--1777. The lesson could be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the Revolutionary War.

NPS - Battle of Oriskany

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration files "Oriskany Battlefield" and "Fort Stanwix", accounts of people who lived during this period, and other source materials. The lesson could be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the Revolutionary War and American Indian history. It also could be used in courses on conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and art.

NPS - First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site" and other source materials. The lesson could be used in American history courses in units on efforts to achieve world peace during the Cold War in the 1950s, or on human rights and civil rights issues. Students will learn about Eleanor Roosevelt's contributions as a humanitarian.

NPS - Martin Van Buren's "Return to the Soil"

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Lindenwald" and other sources related to Van Buren. This lesson complements classroom study of early 19th-century politics by tracing the life of Martin Van Buren and examining his retirement home. It could be used in U.S. history courses and in civics or government classes. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the man who played an important role in the Jacksonian Era.

NPS - Saratoga: The Tide Turns on the Frontier

This lesson is based on materials from the archives at Saratoga National Historical Park. This lesson could be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the American Revolution or New York State history.

NPS - Springwood: Birthplace and Home to Franklin D. Roosevelt

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for the "Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site" and other source material. This lesson could be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on FDR's presidency, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

NPS - Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: Monument to the Gilded Age

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for the "Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site" and other source materials. The lesson could be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the Gilded Age or America's industrial and economic growth. Vanderbilt Mansion will help students understand the possibilities for wealth in an age before income taxes and government regulation of business and industry.

Library of Congress - Teachers' Resources

Index page for millions of primary documents. Collections include The Learning Page, American Memory, Today in History, I Hear America Singing, and Community Roots. Everything from Colonial to Contemporary culture.

Digital Pathfinder

The Digital Pathfinder for Historic Sites: Enhanced and Virtual Tours

Development of the initial Digital Pathfinder for Historic Sites Project at Staatsburgh State Historic Site was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was developed using themes of arts and architecture, agriculture and industry, immigration, landscape architecture, leisure, technology, transportation, and society and culture. The Digital Pathfinder provides an audio-video self-guided tour with a series of short “mobisodes” that include archival images, video, and narration. It utilizes the open-source Cooltour software developed by Dr. Ron Coleman, Associate Professor of Computer Scienceat Marist College, and the Geoplicity programming community.

The goal was to exploit the latest open-source digital technology in order to make historic sites as well as their archives and artifacts accessible to a broader audience, while providing a flexible, personalized tour. Prior to offering Digital Pathfinder, Staatsburgh had an existing landscape tour that was offered by appointment only and remained largely unavailable to the 60,000 people who enjoy the site's grounds each year. 

The integration of this existing tour with the technology provides an opportunity for the site to support these visitors with self-guided tours of the immediate and more far-reaching grounds, as well as to offer an additional opportunity to house visitors and educational tours. Using a global positioning system (GPS) enabled personal data assistant (PDA), visitors can control the number of stops they make, the duration of time spent at each one, the selection of topics, and the overall level of detail of each part of their tour.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site is within the bounds of the Mills-Norrie State Park, located in Hyde Park, New York. It is an elegant example of the great estates built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age. Originally, a 25-room Greek Revival home was built on the site in 1832 by Morgan Lewis and his wife, Gertrude Livingston, replacing an earlier house that had burned down. This second house was inherited by Ruth Livingston Mills, wife of noted financier and philanthropist Ogden Mills. In 1895, Mr. and Mrs. Mills commissioned the prestigious New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White to remodel and enlarge the estate. After completion in 1896, the house was transformed into a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms. Its exterior was embellished with balustrades, pilasters, floral swags, and a massive portico. The rooms were furnished with elaborately carved and gilded furniture, fine oriental rugs, silk fabrics, and a collection of art objects from Europe, ancient Greece, and the Far East. This new tour provides the opportunity to interpret the privilege of early American industrialists, the technology that they developed and bought, the life of their servants, who were often immigrants, and the legacies that they have left behind. 

As with any application of technology in service to the humanities, the optimal balance is achieved when you can transcend the actual experience of an object or site without actually replacing that object or site. This objective applies to the Digital Pathfinder in terms of content – providing archival and behind-the-scenes images and information – as well as in the delivery – using a variety of technologies in order to transcend the geographic and other limitations of the site and its visitors.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to help us continue testing and refining the pilot by contacting either HRVI or Staatsburgh directly. Tours will be available by appointment through the autumn of 2010.

Stay tuned for new information as well, including a virtual tour online with sample “mobisodes.”