NPSKinderhook, NY – In conjunction with the National Park Service’s “Parks for Healing” initiative, the staff at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is pleased to invite veterans to participate in its Arts in the Park program.

We are a small historical site outside Kinderhook, New York with a mission to preserve the home, the land and legacy belonging Martin Van Buren, America’s eighth president. The grounds border a farm with beautiful scenery and connecting nature trails. The National Park Service invites veterans to visit and employ their creative side by taking advantage of available art and writing supplies. The site also provides lightweight easels, portable stools, and small tables. Maryalice Montoya, a Navy veteran and a member of the park staff, has worked closely with the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs’ Recreation Therapy Department to ensure an accessible experience for all.

A golf cart for transportation offers additional support to anyone desiring a lift around the grounds. Veterans are not required to check in at the Visitor Center. However, park rangers will offer a warm welcome should they require assistance or wish to stop by for a quick hello.

Lindenwald is the name President Van Buren gave the house and farm when he acquired it during his second year in office. Lindenwald became a place of comfort for the president after several political and personal losses. The staff at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site hopes veterans in need of a quiet space come to take in the beautiful surroundings of Lindenwald. Perhaps a bit of solace may be found, as did President Van Buren so long ago.

For more information, call Martin Van Buren National Historic Site at 518-758-9689 or check our website at



Maryalice Montoya

Phone No: 518-758-9689