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Building Community in Schools, Museums, Historic Sites & Parks


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Campaign ButtonsSpeaking in Boston in October 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Knowledge – that is, education in its true sense – is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests, illiberal minorities or panic-stricken leaders.”

At a time when civil discourse and mutual respect can be hard to come by, FDR’s thinking about education inspired the teachers and other educators who planned this year’s Teaching the Hudson Valley institute.

Building Community with Place-Based Learning will be held July 25th to the 27th at the Henry Wallace Education and Visitor Center on the grounds of the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park and sites throughout the Valley.​ ​The program includes more than 15 workshops and five all-day field experiences.  Continue reading

How Business `Partnerships’ Flopped at America’s Largest University


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Campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Photo: Xakuri, Creative Commons, some rights reservedThe State University of New York (SUNY) ― the largest university in the United States, with nearly 600,000 students located in 64 publicly-funded higher education institutions ― has served an important educational function for the people of New York and of the United States. But its recent “partnerships” with private businesses have been far less productive.

In the spring of 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by businessmen, politicians, and top SUNY administrators, embarked upon a widely-publicized barnstorming campaign to get the state legislature to adopt a plan he called Tax-Free NY. Under its provisions, most of the SUNY campuses, portions of the City University of New York, and zones adjacent to SUNY campuses would be thrown open to private, profit-making companies that would be exempt from state and local taxes on sales, property, the income of their owners, and the income of their employees for a period of ten years. Continue reading

Stone Conservation Field School Planned


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willowbank stone conservation schoolWillowbank has announced its Stone Conservation Field School at Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons National Historic Site (SMATH). This intensive three week summer school will be held from June 10th to June 30th, 2017.

This opportunity immerses participants in the ongoing conservation of Ontario’s first European masonry structures – a set of hearths dating from 1639 used by the Jesuit missionaries who settled and lived among the Huron/Wendat peoples. The hearths sit amongst the reconstructed and reimagined structures of a 17th century mission, which serves to interpret this early contact history. Continue reading

Fort Ticonderoga Brings Education Onto Lake Champlain


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Students aboard CarillonFort Ticonderoga recently received a grant from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation to support regional youth maritime educational programs. Aboard the 60-foot touring Carillon, each 90-minute narrated boat tour focuses on the historical importance of the Lake Champlain waterway through centuries of history, and highlights elements of geography, natural history, and lake stewardship. This experience enables students to better grasp the strategic importance of the Champlain-Hudson corridor in the 18th century and its role in the founding of America. Continue reading

New York History: Reaching Out to Social Studies Teachers


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Historical societies, history museums, and local government Historians often seek ways to expand the range of people they reach and serve. They might want to consider expanding their work of reaching out to and cooperating with school social studies teachers. We also need more opportunities for the state’s history community and its social studies community to dialog with each other. Continue reading

Idealist-on-the Hudson: Martha Gruening’s ‘Libertarian’ School


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gomez mill houseThe three-century-long ownership chain of the Gomez Mill House in Marlboro is a many-tiered, richly-textured layer cake of personal stories.

Specific historic periods lend unique flavoring to each personal history.

But in the case of the recently-rediscovered activist Martha Gruening (1889-1937), her early-20th dreams of a better, more just world have a distinctly modern resonance. Continue reading

Erie Canal Recreation and Education Grants Announced


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Cornhill Navigation's Sam Patch tour boatFree educational field trips, improved museum exhibits, and expanded recreational experiences are a few of the projects that will get underway this year thanks to $32,000 in grant funding from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Grant funds will leverage an additional $203,000 in private and public project funding raised by seven grant recipients.

Erie Canalway has awarded nearly $500,000 in small grants since 2007, which has leveraged an additional $1.85 million in project funding. Continue reading

Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program


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connect-kids-to-parksThe Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the state to connect New York public school children with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center or Fish Hatchery, or the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb. Continue reading