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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

Prince of Wales Patronage Marks Willowbank’s 10th Anniversay


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willowbankWillowbank has announced that The Prince of Wales has decided to extend the Royal Patronage first granted to its School of Restoration Arts in 2014.

Situated on a National Historic Site along the Canada-U.S. border in Queenston, Ontario, Willowbank is an independent and not-for-profit school, unique for its three-year diploma which combines academic with apprenticeship learning. Continue reading

Harvard University & Colonial North America


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ben_franklins_worldWhat can the collections of the Harvard University Libraries teach us about our early American past?

It turns out, quite a lot.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Taylor Stoermer, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, takes us through the Harvard Libraries’ new digital and free-to-use history archive: the Colonial North American Project. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/093

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Two Jefferson County Men Who Made Good in Illinois


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P1RockfordMfgCo1889A pair of North Country men, born just a few miles apart in Jefferson County, left New York in their adult years and settled about 65 miles apart in Illinois, where each left his lasting mark. Together, their names were also attached to an institution in Arkansas that lives on nearly a century and a half later.

John Budlong was born in February 1833 in Rodman, New York, about eight miles south of Watertown. The Budlong family has many historical connections dating back to the Revolutionary War. John attended several of the best schools in the region: the Rodman Seminary, the Jefferson County Institute at Watertown, the Adams Institute, and Falley Seminary at Fulton in Oswego County. At the age of 18 he began a wide-ranging teaching career, working in North Carolina, Texas, and Missouri before returning to Rodman, where he continued teaching and began studying law. Continue reading

Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom


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thvsmallTeachers and the public are invited to discover new and innovative ways to engage children and young people in our region’s significant places at Teaching the Hudson Valley’s annual summer institute. This year’s program, Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and will be held July 26-28 at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Continue reading

The Commissioner of Education and the NYS Historian


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Cultural Education Center State Museum ArchivesAt present the position of the New York State Historians lies deep within the bowels of the state bureaucracy, starved for resources, and scarcely able to see the light of day through all the bureaucratic levels above it.

Formerly, the State Historian reported to the Director of the New York State Museum, who reports to the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Culture and Education, who reports to the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Education, who reports to Commissioner of Education, who answers to the Board of Regents.

But what does that mean? Continue reading