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Susan Goodier ‘Women Will Vote!’ Talk at Staatsburgh


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women will vote book coverIn celebration of the centenary of New York women obtaining the right to vote, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will host a book talk and signing by Susan Goodier, co-author of, Women Will Vote! Winning Suffrage in New York State, recently released by Cornell University Press, on Saturday, October 28th.

Staatsburgh was the home of prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financer Ogden Mills. Recent evidence has come to light suggesting that Ruth Mills supported the suffrage cause. The 79-room mansion on the Hudson River showcases the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy elite of the early 20th century. Continue reading

Gilded Age Tour at Staatsburgh State Historic Site Oct 1st


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The Gilded Age Experience at staatsburghThe  Staatsburgh State Historic Site, in Dutchess County, NY, will host a Gilded Age tour on October 1st at 1 pm.

This tour at Staatsburgh will have visitors participate in activities that took place at the mansion 100 years ago. The “Deluxe Participation Tour” will feature a cast of costumed interpreters who will portray guests and servants of Staatsburgh’s turn-of-the-century owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills. Visitors can partake in activities like hiring a maid, deciding the menu for the dinner party and taking an etiquette quiz. Continue reading

WWI Centennial Themed Tour, Reenactor at Staatsburgh Saturday


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ww1 reenactorTo mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a theme tour, “World War I & the End of the Gilded Age.” The 90-minute tour, led by an interpreter in period clothing, is offered on Saturday, April 8, at 1 pm.

The site also has on view an exhibit focusing on Ogden Livingston Mills, son of Staatsburgh’s residents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, who chose a life of public service, including service in the Great War. Focusing on his wartime activities and political career, the exhibit also features a silver tray given to his parents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, by General Pershing, to thank them for billeting American officers in their Paris home during the war. Continue reading

Special Downton Abbey Tours at Staatsburgh


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image003Fans of the popular PBS television series can enjoy a “Downton Abbey experience” at Staatsburgh State Historic Site (also known as Mills Mansion) this fall.

The site will present two different tours that compare Staatsburgh to Downton Abbey. Staatsburgh, the turn-of-the-century home of socialite Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, industrialist Ogden Mills, was a real-life American version of the British drama. Continue reading

Gilded Age Scandals, World War I at Staatsburgh


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Tea-Talk--6-9-15 (139)Two special theme tours this summer at Staatsburgh State Historic Site will explore very different aspects of the Gilded Age. “World War I and the End of the Gilded Age” will focus on the impact of the war on the social elite and their way of life. “Gilded Age Scandals” will share historic gossip about turn-of-the-century celebrity scandals.

Staatsburgh was the home of prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financer Ogden Mills. The 79-room mansion showcases the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy elite of the early 20th century. Continue reading

Hamilton’s Mistress; My Historic Namesake


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StaatsburghDowntonTour6-2014 (153)In the study of history, a personal connection is often what draws us in to begin to explore a subject, place, or era.  We might be interested in World War II after hearing grandpa’s war stories.  We might begin to read about the Underground Railroad after discovering stations in our hometown.

Making a personal connection with the people we read about and study is a common impulse for history lovers.  It helps make history come alive. This story isn’t about an ancestor, or a history connection to my home town, it’s about a woman with a more unique connection to me, one who shares my name. Continue reading

Talk Planned On Staatsburg Estate Owners


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Staatsburg BookAnthony Musso, author of Staatsburg: A Village Lost in Time (2014), will give a talk entitled “Staatsburg: Its Estate Owners and Their Impact on the Village” at Staatsburgh State Historic Site on April 11, 2015.

The tiny community of Staatsburg was once the home of several large estates.  As Musso writes in his book on Staatsburg, each of the estates “had an impact on the character, finances and preservation of the village and its surroundings.”  Continue reading

Gilded Age Christmas At Staatsburgh State Historic Site


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Staatsburgh ChristmasStaatsburgh State Historic Site is preparing for its festive Gilded Age Christmas, featuring decorations throughout the mansion and special children’s programs from late November through New Year’s Eve.

The site opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 28, and offers public hours Thursday through Sunday, from Noon to 4 pm (closed Christmas Day) through December 31. Staatsburgh will be open for special evening hours on December 12, from 6-8 pm, so that visitors can experience the decorated mansion after dark, and tour the historic rooms, populated with guides in period costume. Continue reading

Staatsburgh State Historic Site Launches Blog


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Statsburgh SHSStaatsburgh State Historic Site has launched a blog about the mansion and estate, the Mills Family, their guests and staff, the site’s collections, and the Gilded Age.

“A tour of the house just scratches the surface of the rich history, the many personalities and fascinating events that occurred here,” says site manager Pam Malcolm. “Through the blog we can offer those interested in the site and the Gilded Age a closer look at the Mills Family and other members of New York’s turn-of-the-century elite society, Gilded Age life, and the work done behind the scenes by historians and conservators to preserve this history at Staatsburgh. We hope everyone will visit www.staatsburghstatehistoricsite.blogspot.com to take a look. We welcome suggestions from interested readers for future research and blog posts.” Continue reading