Tag: Martin Van Buren

Winter Celebrations: The Lights of Many Cultures at Martin Van Buren’s Home, Dec 6

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Winter celebrations around the world are as varied and vibrant as the cultures they epitomize. One common thread through many of these celebrations is the presence of light. Light in its many forms is used to represent the hope for spring’s return, the importance of the sun in agricultural cycles, to welcome guests and remember loved ones, and symbolize the resiliency of the human spirit. Light brings people together.

The staff at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site invites the public to join them for “Winter Celebrations: The Lights of Many Cultures. The Garden Club of Kinderhook will decorate the first floor of Van Buren’s home. Park staff and volunteer docents will be available to explain both the history of the site and the meaning behind the decorations. The house will be open for tours from 12:30 to 3:30 both days, with a tour beginning every half hour.

The America of Martin Van Buren’s time was a rich tapestry of cultures with their own traditions, learning from each other and at times combining to form new traditions. The America of today is the same. Our celebrations represent the brightest parts of that tapestry – the ability to see our differences not as barriers, but as many lights illuminating the darkness.

The Friends of Lindenwald will provide light refreshments.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, December 6, 2019 / 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Check in at the park visitor center fifteen minutes before the beginning of your tour.

ADMISSION:
Free.
Due to limited space, visitors are asked to reserve a spot on a tour in advance. Visitors may make reservations online at any time at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-celebrations-the-lights-of-many-cultures-tickets-82013549735 or by phone Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm by calling 518-758-9689.

LOCATION:
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road
Kinderhook, NY 12106

 

MORE:
nps.gov/mava
facebook.com/MartinVanBurenNationalHistoricSite
facebook.com/events/2133556346953569/

 

 

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Kinderhook History Walk, Jul 18

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The Kinderhook Memorial Library presents it’s next History Walk in their series. This walk will focus on Martin Van Buren.

To present day, Martin Van Buren is still our only president to speak English as a second language. With the guidance of staff from the Martin Van Buren national Historic Site, the walk will explore Van Buren’s Dutch heritage. This event is part of the Dutch Heritage Week, which is taking place July 12-19, in the Village of Kinderhook.

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, July 18, 2019 / 6pm

LOCATION:
Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106 

MORE:
kinderhooklibrary.org/
facebook.com/KinderhookWalks/

 

 

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Snowshoe Hike at Martin Van Buren Site

screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-2-08-28-pmThe Snowshoe Hike at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site that was originally planned for January, was postponed to this Saturday (February 25). With the abnormally warm temperatures (66 in February) that we have been having, there may not be enough snow on the ground for the hike. Fortunately, the organizers already have a Plan B in place. If there is not enough snow on the ground, the program will be a letterbox challenge designed by last summer’s high school interns. Participants will be given instructions to find letters scattered throughout the park, and solve clues to locate the cache.

This activity involves walking over a mile on mostly flat grass. It is designed for ages 8 and up. Anyone 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday February 25, 2017 at 11am – 12:30pm

LOCATION/CONTACT:
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook
518-758-9689
http://www.nps.gov/mava

MORE:
This event is FREE but registration is requested. Click here for more info, and to register.

 

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Celebrate Winter Solstice: Headlamp Hike at Lindenwald, December 21

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Celebrate the winter solstice at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site with an evening trail hike and a campfire story.

The program begins at 6:30pm at the park visitor center. Ranger Kayla and Ranger Dawn will take guests on the Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail for a 1.25 mile hike that ends at a roaring campfire. Anyone who wants to skip the hike, can bring their folding chairs directly to the campfire and wait for the hikers to meet them. When the hikers arrive, there will be hot cocoa and s’mores.

This is an outdoor event so dress warmly, and make sure to bring a headlamp or small flashlight.

DATE/TIME:
December 21, 2016 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION:
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook
518-758-9689 http://www.nps.gov/mava

MORE:
This event is FREE. Click here for more info, and to register.

 

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