Historic Hudson Valley has been committed to telling the story of slavery in the colonial North for more than two decades. We do this at our Philipsburg Manor site and through a dynamic range of programs and digital initiatives that are responsive to the needs of educators, students, and the public.

HHV uses primary documents from the Philipse and Van Cortlandt families as well as scholarly research to illuminate the lives of the enslaved Africans who lived and worked in the Northern states; to grapple with the inhumanity of their plight; and to make their skilled contributions to the American economy and national culture abundantly evident to our visitors.

Programs for Schools and Teachers

Teachers Institute

NEH Teacher’s Institute

A National Endowment for the Humanities institute for K-12 teachers. Participants in the institute explore both the institutional and personal sides of enslavement.

Runaway Art

Runaway Art

An integrated art and social studies curriculum exploring the lives of enslaved individuals who were advertised as missing property in colonial newspapers.

Manacles at Philipsburg Manor

Slavery on the Hudson

This program gives students an in-depth look at the lives of the enslaved community who lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor. Specially designed for middle and high school groups.

Resources for Schools and Teachers