Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to announce a new school program collaboration with Albany County Historical Association’s Ten Broeck Mansion and the Underground Railroad Education Center at the Myers Residence, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Our partnership will result in thematically linked programs which build a stronger understanding of New York State history and the diverse voices and opinions in our historic communities. With concrete connections to the New York State curricula, the new programs will allow upper elementary and middle school classrooms to travel to multiple Albany sites in the same day, saving school resources and creating rich, hands-on educational experiences.
This project will also include the digitization of primary source materials, in partnership with Siena College’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Dozens of collection items from each institution will become accessible to schools, researchers and the public on Teaching the Hudson Valley‘s website.
Newly digitized collection items from all three institutions will support resources for teachers to use in the classroom, before and after their onsite visits. Together, these digital materials and on-site, in-person programs—available to classrooms by early 2023– will build students’ subject-matter competencies, radical empathy, and sense of their own agency in education and civic life. These values are critical to our mission, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with these wonderful institutions and talented individuals!