senate-house-state-historic-site.jpgKingston, N.Y. - Senate House State Historic Site in uptown Kingston is offering a week of special activities for children ages 8-12. It will give children an opportunity to learn about life in 18th century Kingston.  This week-long program runs from August 6-10, 10am-2pm.  Activities include hearthside cooking, hand spinning wool, churning butter, making wampum, games, and more.  The fee is $90 per child and registration is required. Please call the site at (845) 338-2786 to register. Hurry, the program is limited to 20 participants! Senate House is one of New York's outstanding historic sites.  The former home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek was the first meeting place of the New York State Senate in 1777.  It was burned, along with the rest of Kingston, in October 1777.  In addition to the Senate House the site consists of a Colonial Revival art museum with the world's largest collection of art by Kingston native John Vanderlyn, and other objects donated to the site over many years.  Senate House State Historic Site is part of a system of parks, recreation areas and historic sites operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For more information about this and other upcoming events visit the state parks website at


Contact: Deana Preston, Senate House State Historic Site (845) 338-2786