Titanic at seaSaturday, October 10, 3:00 PM

Staatsburg, N.Y. (9/24/20) — On October 10 at 3 p.m., children ages 8 to 11 are invited to Staatsburgh State Historic Site to listen to selections from the book, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis. The program—presented outside on the mansion’s portico—is part of Staatsburgh’s ongoing series of readings from books about the Gilded Age. The reading will be a unique opportunity to hear a story about the Titanic at the home of a couple who planned to sail on the Titanic. Staatsburgh’s owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, had tickets to sail on the Titanic’s second trip. But the Millses were not destined to travel on the ship – the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.

The ½ hour outdoor program will be held on the front portico of the mansion. After the reading there is an optional writing and drawing activity to build on the featured portions of the book There is no charge to attend, but visitors must make reservations. To reserve, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com

Guidelines for COVID safety will be followed: masks and social distancing will be required of all attendees, and attendance will be limited.

Families may also wish to hike the woodland trails beginning at Staatsburgh, have a picnic, or stroll along the Hudson River before or after story time. The historic grounds of Staatsburgh, now Mills State Park, are open each day from sunrise to sunset.

Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of 6 sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information, call 845-889-8851, or visit Staatsburgh’s websites at parks.ny.gov and www.facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS. Staatsburgh’s events are listed at parks.ny.gov/events

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual parks, historic sites, recreational trails and boat launches, which were visited by a record 77 million people in 2019. A recent university study found that spending by State Parks and its visitors supports $5 billion in output and sales, 54,000 private-sector jobs and more than $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit parks.ny.gov, connect on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. The free New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. To download, visit: Google Play Store, NY State Parks Explorer App or Apple Store, NY State Parks Explorer App.


Contact: Donald Fraser | Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov | (845) 889-8851 ext. 338