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Lake Placid 40th Anniversary CelebrationThe Lake Placid Olympic legacy will be front and center during a weeklong celebration beginning February 14

Lake Placid, NY – Forty years ago this February, the Adirondack village of Lake Placid hosted the 13th Olympic Winter Games. The heroics of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team’s improbable win over the Russians, known as the “Miracle on Ice,” and speed skater Eric Heiden’s five gold medals helped make the 1980 Lake Placid Games one for the ages, one with an enduring legacy.

The 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate Lake Placid’s rich Olympic legacy - past, present and future. From February 14 - 23, the two-time Olympic village is rolling out the welcome mat and is hosting a full slate of activities that will embody the Olympic spirit - from re-living the opening ceremony and torch lighting, ice skating around the historic Olympic Oval, to skiing with Olympic athletes.

George Eastman Museum logoTemporary closures scheduled during construction

Rochester, N.Y., November 18, 2019—The George Eastman Museum has announced it will break ground on January 6, 2020, for a new visitor center, which includes construction of the ESL Federal Credit Union Pavilion. The visitor center project, which involves relocating the museum’s main entrance to the west side of the building, is the most significant structural change to the museum since the gallery and collections building was constructed in 1989. The project is expected to be complete by July 2020.

Ganondagan logoDancing, Food, Holiday Gift Market, Raffles, AND Iroquois Creation Story’s Skywoman, with Airigami’s visual storytelling addition

Victor, NY— Visitors to Friends of Ganondagan’s 2019 Native American Winter Arts Festival on Saturday, December 7 will experience the wide array of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) living culture, but with a new and unusual twist, literally.

From 10 am - 4 pm, Ganondagan’s Seneca Art & Culture Center will host performances by Iroquois Social Dancers in regalia, storytelling, traditional foods, a silent auction, and a Native American artisan gift market. However, a new collaboration with Airigami—the artists who create large-scale installations entirely of balloons—will provide a unique visual, educational, and participatory storytelling addition to the day.

Quill PenNewburgh, NY – Create your own distinctive way of writing – a la 18th century style - using a quill pen and ink when you come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, during Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th, 11 AM until 3 PM. 

The take-home craft is open to all ages and is free with Museum admission which includes self-guided exploration of the Museum’s over 1,300 artifacts and guided tours of Washington’s Headquarters and the newly restored Tower of Victory. (Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions).

The Holiday WhodunitSundays In December, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Staatsburg, N.Y. (11/13/19) — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will host The Holiday Whodunit, a mystery for children, every Sunday afternoon this December.  Children ages 6 to 11 and their family members can come anytime between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to attend the program.  The children become detectives and solve a mystery by interviewing costumed interpreters, who portray Gilded Age houseguests and servants.  One of Staatsburgh’s most popular programs, the Holiday Whodunit has become an annual tradition for many families, who come each December to enjoy the holiday decorations and crack another Gilded Age case.

A Gilded Age ChristmasStaatsburg, N.Y. (11/19/19) – Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present A Gilded Age Christmas, featuring lavish decorations in a Gilded Age mansion, from late November through New Year’s Eve.  The decorations are done in turn-of-the-century style, recreating the atmosphere of holidays long-ago at one of the great estates of the Hudson Valley.  

“Each year, the mansion receives a different decorative scheme,” says site manager, Pam Malcolm: “The theme this year includes a design in the dining room featuring the Nutcracker. The historic rooms are filled with Christmas trees, garlands, lights and our annual tradition of tucking mouse houses into the historic rooms for kids to locate. The mouse houses are inspired by a children’s book—Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree—about a rich man in a mansion who has to cut down his enormous Christmas tree, and shares part of it with a mouse who lives in his walls.”…

Fort Ticonderoga logoWinter Quarters November 2019 – April 2020 offers unique visitor experiences

Featuring lively living history events, engaging seminars, and specialized group visits

Ticonderoga, N.Y. – Fort Ticonderoga is launching a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors will be immersed in exciting living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, behind-the-scenes VIP Tours, and hands-on workshops.

Iroquois Indian MuseumHowes Cave, NY— The Iroquois Indian Museum today announced that it has been awarded a $8000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for FY2020 with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. NYSCA grants support the transformative impact of the performing, literary, visual and media arts in New York State. The Iroquois Indian Museum is one of 462 arts organizations across New York State receiving a total of $8,383,993 million in grants through NYSCA’s Round II FY2020 funding to support arts programs that drive New York State’s economic growth and community health.

Holiday on Huguenot StreetNew Paltz, NY (November 12, 2019) – Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church present the 2019 Holiday on Huguenot Street and Community Tree Lighting Friday, December 6, starting at 4:30 PM, and Saturday, December 7, at 10 AM. This event will highlight holiday and community traditions in New Paltz during the late Victorian era. Special tours feature costume interpreters portraying Huguenot Street’s past residents.

Pack Horse Librarians in AppalachiaNovember 13, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Library Research Room and Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home

Hyde Park, N.Y. – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District present "Pack Horse Librarians in Appalachia" -- a BIG READ document show and presentation with historian Sandra Opdycke -- at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The program will begin in the Research Room of the FDR Presidential Library with a document show of original items from the Library's collections related to Depression-era Appalachia, followed by a presentation by Opdycke in the Wallace Visitor Center.