Virtual School Programs

Historic Hudson Valley offers three virtual field trip programs in which students grapple with complex historical issues, analyze primary sources, and develop critical thinking skills. Trained educators facilitate these inquiry-based, multimedia experiences which make use of primary sources, professional photographs, and maps. All virtual field trips align to NYS Social Studies Common Core Standards and are differentiated by grade level.

Slavery in the Colonial North

Grade: 3-5
Program length: 45-60 minutes
Price: $150 per class
Group limit: 3 classes
Availability: September-June

Using images of Philipsburg Manor, maps, primary documents, questionnaires, and other engagement tools, an HHV Museum Educator leads students in a discussion of the lives and experiences of the enslaved community at Philipsburg Manor in the year 1750, and asks them to consider the ways enslaved people could resist legal efforts to deny their humanity and their agency. This program utilizes and builds upon resources from HHV’s award-winning website, People Not Property which educators can use to continue the conversations begun during the Virtual Field Trip. This program can be booked as a pre-cursor to an onsite Slavery in the Colonial North field trip.

Invisible Women

Grades: 7-9
Program length: 45 minutes
Price: $150 per class
Group limit: 1 class
Availability: September-June; Beginning spring 2024

This program examines the lives and labor of two specific women who were integral to the story of Philipsburg Manor in the Colonial Period: Sue, one of the enslaved women forced to work in the dairy at Philipsburg Manor, and Margaret Hardenbroeck, a Dutch merchant and enslaver who built Philipsburg Manor with her husband, Frederick. Using images of Philipsburg Manor, maps, primary documents, questionnaires, and other engagement tools, an HHV Museum Educator leads students in an investigation of Sue and Margaret Hardenbroeck, and how their lives challenge assumptions about the role of women in Colonial America. The program also highlights how historians use primary documents to uncover stories that had been marginalized or completely erased from textbooks and public memory.

Whose Revolution?

Work and Community School Program at Philipsburg Manor

Grades: 4-7
Program length: 45 minutes
Price: $150 per class
Group limit: 28 students
Availability: September-June; beginning spring 2024.

In this program, students analyze primary source documents and maps to consider the experiences of free and enslaved women at Van Cortlandt Manor during the American Revolution. As the fighting reached New York, Cornelia Van Cortlandt Beekman and her family sided with Patriots, while the enslaved women sought freedom by escaping across British lines. In this program students will discuss what historians know about the experiences of these two women, what options were available to them, and what this means for our larger understanding of the American Revolution.