Titanic NewsboySunday, October 11, 3:00 PM

Staatsburg, N.Y. (9/24/20) — This autumn, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer occasional outdoor programs on the mansion’s front portico. On October 11 at 3 p.m., members of the staff will give a ½ hour presentation on Staatsburgh and the Titanic.

Staatsburgh’s owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, planned to sail on the Titanic. First class passengers on the ship included the Millses’ friends, neighbors and Mrs. Mills’ cousin, John Jacob Astor. The Program on the Portico will explore Staatsburgh’s connections to the world’s most famous maritime disaster. The historic site staff will display some reproductions of items that would have been seen on the Titanic, including life vests (both children and adult sizes), a telegraph key, and an officer’s jacket.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. To make reservations, visit our Eventbrite page at www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com.

Staatsburgh follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all attendees until these guidelines are lifted.

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 website at parks.ny.gov, their Facebook at Facebook.com/StaatsburghSHS, and blog at Staatsburghstatehistoricsite.blogspot.com. 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