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Carla Lynn Hall and Jim KeyesKatonah, NY – Explore local history through song and legend with a free musical performance from Carla & Keyes at John Jay Homestead!

Join historic musicians Carla Lynn Hall and Jim Keyes for an exciting outdoor performance on Saturday, October 7, from 11am to 1pm. Based in Yorktown Heights, Carla & Keyes have performed throughout the Hudson Valley since 2016. With a passion for both history and education, the duo has crafted family-friendly programs about storied figures such as John Andre, Madame C.J. Walker and "Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow."…

Camerata Trajectina_W-Kerngroep_Green Room Creatives-Sophie van Boven-wendyYonkers, N.Y.  (09/25/23) — Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, is pleased to host visiting Dutch music group Camerata Trajectina, along with historian Dr. Jaap Jacobs, for “New Amsterdam: The Sounds of the City as Heard by Jacob Steendam, the First Poet of New York,” a special concert held at Philipse Manor Hall on Friday, October 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

NYS Parks Recreation Historic PreservationEconomic Impact of $150 Million Projected for Long Island and Greater Metropolitan New York Area

225,000 Spectators Expected for Event's Return to New York State

The Commissioner of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Erik Kulleseid and Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight are proud to lead a New York State delegation to officially welcome the Ryder Cup, golf’s pre-eminent event, to Bethpage State Park in 2025.

Young at HeartHudson, NY – The Olana Partnership is bringing back its popular painting classes for older adults to Olana State Historic Site this Fall with two expert teaching artists – Wennie Huang and Shawn Dell Joyce. Dell Joyce will offer in-person “Sketch Your Landscape” classes and Huang will offer a virtual series titled “A Brush with the Past.” During each program, participants will be immersed in and inspired by Frederic Church’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape and paintings, and the views from Olana.

Kites Over the HudsonNewburgh, NY (September 1, 2023) - Let's go fly a kite! - up to the highest height! Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Saturday, September 23th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and do just that at our annual “Kites Over The Hudson,” a Hudson River Valley Ramble event.

We Are NYThe Ornamental Gateway At The Kent Avenue/North Eighth Street Entrance Will Welcome Visitors Into The Park

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a new gateway entrance to Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Brooklyn. The park honors Marsha P. Johnson, a Transgender woman of color who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, born 78 years ago today. This bold and artful park entrance gateway is intended to communicate Marsha P. Johnson's spirit and legacy and complements the park and surrounding neighborhood.

Lessons from the LandSeries Offered Free for Columbia and Greene County Residents

Hudson, NY - The Olana Partnership has launched a new program series titled, “Lessons from the Land” at Olana State Historic Site. The series explores how humanity shapes the landscape and how the land shapes us. This program is offered for free for all Columbia and Greene County residents as part of a Humanities NY grant award which will also support Spanish-language translators during each offering to broaden access to this program and to Olana.

Detail of mural from Rhinebeck Post OfficeStaatsburg, N.Y. — Stephen. Belinda. Mary. William. Dinah. Those are the known names of the nine people New York State governor Morgan Lewis enslaved at his country estate, Staatsburgh. What do we know of their lives in the Hudson Valley and the legacy of slavery within New York today?

Staatsburgh State Historic Site is offering their free, one-hour program “Slavery, Segregation & Staatsburgh” on August 26 & 27 at 2:00 p.m. and again on September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 p.m. Staatsburgh’s founder, Morgan Lewis, enslaved people of African descent at Staatsburgh. Yet, when his great-granddaughter, Ruth Livingston Mills, lived at Staatsburgh at the turn of the 20th century, the staff was exclusively White and of European descent. At the same time, a free Black community was able to grow and thrive in the surrounding hamlet.

We Are NYOPRHP Commissioner Embarks on Statewide Tour to Highlight the Diversity of Activities Throughout Parks and Historic Sites System 

New Centennial Website Will Provide Celebration Updates 

Watch New York State Park Centennial Video Here 

Governor Kathy Hochul today previewed a year-long celebration of the centennial anniversary of the founding of New York’s statewide park and historic site system to take place in 2024. The celebration will both highlight and build upon one of New York State’s greatest environmental legacies. In 1924, Governor Alfred E. Smith and the State Legislature created the New York State Council of Parks while voters approved a $15 million bond act to build and enlarge a network of State parks, forging the New York State park and historic site system that New York State residents and visitors know and cherish today.

CASTLE FUN CENTER - DRAGON COASTEROrange County, N.Y. (July 28, 2023) – While Orange County, N.Y.’s major attractions are widely known – think the United States Military Academy at West Point and LEGOLAND® New York Resort – the county is also brimming with less famous, but equally fun and fascinating summer activities to be discovered at every turn. Attractions allow you to visit a Revolutionary War site, catch a movie 1950s-style at a drive-in theater and even meet friendly alpacas.

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