Philipse Manor Hall Open for Business!

We are pleased to announce that beginning Saturday, May 29, 2010, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is once again open to the public. (see press release below for details)



Our regular tour times apply: Tuesday - Sunday at 12PM, 2PM, and 3PM The museum is available by guided tour only.


Admission fees: $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors/Students, FREE for children 12 years old and under




State Parks Welcome Visitors for Memorial Day Weekend


Commissioner directs staff to open the gates to all facilities immediately


Urges New Yorkers to take full advantage of wonderful system of parks and historic sites



State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash today directed agency staff to open the gates at all state parks for the Memorial Day weekend and expeditiously get campgrounds, golf courses and historic sites into full operating status.


“The agency staff is thrilled to get back to doing what they do best – which is running the finest state park system in the nation. I know that New Yorkers across the state worked very hard to support their public parks over the last few months. Now I hope they will get out and enjoy these beautiful places this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the upcoming season,” Ash said. “I am grateful to Governor Paterson and the Legislature for finding a way to fully open our great park system this summer, which was an extremely difficult challenge in this struggling economy.”


Ash said staff will immediately reopen gates to parking lots and unlock the facilities to make them available for normal day-use activities, including picnicking, hiking, cycling and fishing. Other amenities will become available over the next few days as workers who have been reassigned return to their regular work sites and normal levels of seasonal park workers and lifeguards are hired.


To coincide with the full opening of the state park system, the holiday weekend also marks the beginning of a new summer campaign to encourage New Yorkers to visit their state parks and historic sites and take full advantage of the more than 213 properties across the state. The initiative will utilize the agency website, http://www.nysparks.com/, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Beaches and pools: Park beaches and pools are expected to open on-schedule. Beaches and pools open between Memorial Day weekend and late June. Efforts are being made to open all facilities on schedule.


Campgrounds: Fifty-five campgrounds encompassing 9,400 campsites, cabins and cottages are open for the season. Ash noted that those campgrounds are 85 percent booked for the Memorial Day weekend. At 11 other campgrounds, with about 285 sites, park managers will take immediate steps to comply with health and safety regulations to allow the campgrounds to open for visitors. Reservations at Canoe Point, Cedar Island, Eel Weir, Hunt’s Pond, Keewaydin, Macomb Reservation, Mary Island, Max V. Shaul, Newtown Battlefield, Oquaga Creek and Rudd Pond will be accepted beginning Friday, May 28. Check the agency website for campground availability. Reservations are accepted for campsites and cabins from one day to nine months in advance of the planned arrival date by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or online, http://www.nysparks.com/.


Ash noted that there are over 74,000 campsites, cabins and cottages reserved for nearly 313,000 nights so far for the 2010 season, a level that is slightly ahead of last year’s record pace. Advance reservations at state parks campgrounds have been steadily increasing in recent years.


Historic sites: Tours at historic sites shut by the fiscal crisis will resume the week of June 6, but the grounds will be open for Memorial Day weekend.


Golf: Bonavista and Springbrook Greens golf courses will open on or about June 7.


Riverbank State Park: The park will return to normal operating hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. beginning this weekend. The outdoor pool will open on schedule on June 28. Senior classes will resume at a date to be determined.


Park visitors are advised to call the parks directly for information on the availability of specific services. Information on each of the 178 state parks and 35 historic sites operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is available at http://www.nysparks.com/.


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COMING 2009 PROGRAMS




Saturday, November 21st, 1 - 3 PM
FOOD IN THE TIME OF THANKSGIVING
12-1PM: Learn historical food preparation with historical narrative
1-2PM: Take a food and thanksgiving-themed house tour
2-3PM: Sample historical autumnal/winter prepared foods
$5/person, children under 12/$3
(Bring a canned food item for donation, and receive adult admission for $3)

Saturday, December 5th, 12-3PM
ST. NICHOLAS CELEBRATION & CONCERT
Join us for a performance by the Bronx Arts Ensemble (performing at 1 and 3 p.m.), treats, and a visit from St. Nicholas!
Free, more details to come

December 12th, 4-6PM
VICTORIAN TREE DECORATING PARTY & SPECIAL HOUSE TOUR
Channel the Victorian period while decorating the Manor’s tree with various homemade ornaments. Enjoy treats and music, followed by a holiday-themed house tour from 5-6PM.
Regular admission

NOVEMBER 14th, 2009


Join us for a free film screening, a part of The Weekend to End Slavery, on
Saturday, November 14th at 5 p.m.


Watch the trailer here: http://www.attheendofslavery.com/


RSVP appreciated, but not required.
Please bear in mind that some topics and scenes may not be appropriate for children.

Narration by Danny Glover music by Moby and Johnny Cash
An International Justice Mission Production

“If history has shown us that the monster of slavery assumes new forms, it has also shown us that its oppressive systems crumble in the face of those who heartily oppose them. It is our collective responsibility to oppose slavery in the time given to us. History is on our side.”
-At the End of Slavery:The Battle for Justice in our Time

HALLOWEEN NIGHTS! OCTOBER 30, 31ST


** On Halloween night, we'll take a ghoulish stroll from the Manor to attend BOO-ZAK (the Beczak Environmental Education Center's Halloween event) at 6:45 pm, following our costume contest! For more information on their program, visit: http://beczak.org/ or call 914.377.1900
Friday, October 30th, 6-8 PM

ORB PHOTOGRAPHY & SPECIAL EVENING TOUR
Learn about spirit photography, tour the house by night and investigate locations not explored on our daytime tour, and bring your own camera to try your hand at orb photography!
Regular admission applies ($5/$3). No children under age 8 without permission.

Saturday, October 31st, 4 - 7 PM
TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE MANOR
Treats, music, games, costume contest (6 PM) and more!
All ages welcome, free to the public!

1 - West Parlor


1 - West Parlor


Original part of the house built C. 1682, originally used by Frederick Philipse I and his wife Margaret Hardenbroeck as a place of convenience near their mill. Later Philipse family generations used this room as a secondary parlor/office. Through the years, this room has also been used as an rental office for engineer Thomas Cornell, who helped establish the train system in Yonkers in the mid-19th century; a rental office for the Town of Yonkers under the owenership of Yonkers Village Hall; and the Yonkers City Hall Receiver of Taxes Office.

The cabinets date from the 18th century. The wide pine floorboards are original, and probably milled locally.


A - Dutch-tiled fireplace


The fireplace is surrounded with Delft tiles. "Some brown Dutch tiles with quaint figures representing cavaliers in armor, and women, with strange, horn-like head-dresses, holding birds perched on their hands" were found under layers of material when the house under went restoration in 1911. Matching tiles (a "conventional pattern, matching in color") were imported from the Netherlands to fill in for missing tiles (pp. 215-217, Hall, 1925).




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OCTOBER 8th, 2009


Thursday, October 8th
THE (FORGOTTEN) MELTING POT: A QUADRICENTENNIAL PANEL DISCUSSION

A Quadricentennial expert panel discusses New York’s changing
cultural landscape and the contributions of underrepresented people. The panel will focus on the transitional 17th-century, but will look to various moments in history and the present day, elucidating African American, Native American, Dutch and women’s roles.
This event is free. Donations are warmly accepted.

Panelists include:
Moderator Daniel Wolff, author of How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them and A Glimpse of the Lenape.

Sherrill Wilson, Ph.D., urban anthropologist, author of New York City’s African Slave Owners: A Social and Material Culture History, and was the founding director of the Office of Public Education and Interpretation for the African Burial Ground National Monument (1993-2005).

David Oestricher, Ph.D., independent, published scholar, curator of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum's exhibit Lenape: Ellis Island's First Inhabitants, and author of Lenape: The First Inhabitants.

Tom Lake, archaeologist and professor of anthropology at SUNY Dutchess Community College, is currently working at Woodlawn Manor in Orange County, where occupation dates from roughly 9,000 years ago to the Contact Period (the 17th century).

Martha Shattuck, Ph.D., independent historian, is an editor and researcher for the New Netherland Project, writing articles on various aspects of New Netherland's history. She most recently acted as editor of Explorers, Fortunes, and Love Letters: A Window on New Netherland.


The evening will include:

6 p.m. -
OBJECT ANALYSIS: Guests are invited to bring in their American "found objects," (whether Indian artifacts, African textiles or other items) for analysis by our panelists before the discussion. *

7 p.m. -
Our PANEL DISCUSSION begins, immediately followed by an open Q & A session for the audience.

8:30 p.m. -
RECEPTION & book signing

*Certified consultant, art appraiser & writer Louise Devenish will also analyze objects (specializing in decorative art from the 18th-20th century). Please note no objects will be appraised during this event; objects will be given historical and cultural analysis.

This event is free. Donations are warmly accepted.

2 - South Stair Hall


2 - South Stair Hall

Part of the house’s original construction (c. 1682), this section of the house was the main entrance of the building until the North wing was added sometime in the mid-18th century. This area was renovated by Frederick Philipse II sometime between the 1720s and 1740s when he expanded the original structure to serve as a country home. The staircase is in the English Georgian style of that period.


A- Dutch Door

The Dutch door, divided in the middle, shows the Dutch heritage of the Philipse family and the continuing Dutch influence in the Hudson Valley. The hardware of the door includes four wrought iron strap hinges, a wrought iron spring latch, two wrought iron throw bolts, and a cast iron lock box with brass knob.

B- Wall Studs
While completing stabilization work on the southern portion of the Manor Hall, original plaster and lathe construction was found. The standout aspect of the construction was the studs made of red cedar saplings.


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3 - East Parlor



3 - East Parlor

One of the most ornate rooms in the Manor Hall, this room was constructed between the 1720s and 1740s, under the ownership of Frederick Philipse II, and was renovated in the latest style in the 1750s by Frederick Philipse III. For the Philipse family, it is likely that this room served as a formal parlor for receiving guests. Other uses of the room include: the Village of Yonkers Clerks' Office, Yonkers City Hall City Clerks' Office, and Yonkers City Hall City Engineer's Office.



A- Rococo Ceiling

The ceiling, designed to look like a carved plaster ceiling, is made of papier-mâché and was installed during the occupancy of Frederick Philipse III.



Most of the pre-molded papier-mâché details are Rococo ornaments such as floral borders and wreaths, tropical birds, and classical figures representing music and love.



The ceiling is rare not only for its age, but also because of two bas relief figures (believed to be Alexander Pope and Sir Isaac Newton, respectively) set into cartouches on opposite sides of the ceiling.




B - Wallpapers

When removing woodwork in this room to complete paint analysis, researchers found two previously unknown wallpaper styles. Both patterns,which date to the late Victorian era, give us a clue to the decorative style of the offices located here when the Manor was owned by the Village/City of Yonkers.


4 - East Stair Hall

This room became the main entrance to the Manor when the final wing was added to the building in the mid-18th century. The wear on the stairs came from heavy use when the building was Yonkers City Hall.




A - Balustrade

As can be seen in the image above, the East Stair Hall has a more elaborate staircase than that in the South Stair Hall. Its turned and carved mahogany balusters (on the left) were "in fashion" when this room was added in the mid-1700s, while the South staircase has more humble pine balusters (on the right) from an earlier period.



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OCTOBER 3RD, 2009

Saturday, October 3rd, 5:30 PM
BOOK EVENT: ED LEVINE’S HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION OF 1909
Reading, discussion and book signing for the recent publication of the postcard history book Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909
Free admission

Philipse Manor Hall Closed Until Further Notice

Click here for the latest information regarding the closure.

YONKERS, N.Y. (May 18, 2010) –Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, the museum and grounds, is closed to the public until further notice. There are no tours, public programs, or community meetings at the museum and the parking lot, picnic tables, and grounds are not available for public use.

In February, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation released a list of 57 State Parks and Historic Sites, including Philipse Manor Hall SHS, which were identified for closure and an additional 22 facilities where services would be reduced. These actions were recommended in order to achieve the 2010-11 agency savings target and to help address the State's historic fiscal difficulties, including a more than $9 billion budget gap.

As there is no approved state budget at this time, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has neither the funding nor the authorization to keep Philipse Manor Hall open.

The historic site is one of six state historic sites and 12 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Taconic Region: http://www.nysparks.com/.

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RIDE THE TRAIN!


Ride the Metro North to Yonkers between April 25th and September 30th, 2009, and you'll be treated to a 3-stop adventure that explores Philipse Manor Hall, The Beczack Environmental Education Center and The Science Barge--all for one small fee! It's an eco-friendly way to visit a new part of New York.

This Quadricentennial year, wouldn't you like to interact more closely with the Hudson River? A Day on the Hudson allows you to do just that.
Please consult the following website to learn about each particular site, the special events they'll be hosting during the Getaway program, and their contact information: http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_beczak.htm

Philipse Manor will be open for tours at 12, 2 and 3 p.m. during A Day on the Hudson weekends, or by appointment. Our events will be posted on this blog regularly, so that you can stay up-to-date on what we have in store for you during the Getaway program! Please note that during days on which programs are scheduled, we will not run tours, unless by special appointment.

SEPTEMBER 2009: Native American Day


YONKERS, N.Y. (July 22, 2009) – Autumn 2009 may mark the anniversary of Henry Hudson’s ventures into the area, but it also begs the question: Who was already here? We welcome you to explore the answer during Philipse Manor Hall’s Native American Day on September 12, 2009, from 12-3 p.m. Discover the rich history and legacy of the native population of the area through craft, storytelling and the reading of artifacts.

Archaeologist and educator John Kraft of Lenape Lifeways will erect a lean-to and museum exhibit that explore the lives of the Lenape/Delaware Indians. Examine tools, weapons, clothing and musical instruments while discussing the family life, dwellings, diet, spiritual beliefs and technology of the Lenape.

Taino speaker, storyteller and poet Bobby Gonzalez, who has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Museum of the American Indian, will present an an ongoing interactive storytelling session, Ancient Legends of the Lenape Indians. Gonzalez will perform The Beginnings of Turtle Island, The Boy Who Lives with the Bears and The Origin of Corn.

Artist, poet and musician Arthur Kirmss links the heritage of Algonquian American Indian groups with arriving Europeans by demonstrating the practice of making wampum shell beads as it was done in the 17th century! The bead would become a medium of exchange for New Amsterdam as Europeans adopted and re-branded the beads into currency.

Native American Day is free of charge and open to all ages. For further information, please call 914-965-4027 or email Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us.

ALSO IN SEPTEMBER: Lectures & Hudson Valley River Ramble

Site Manager and sought-after lecturer Kimberly Flook will offer two lectures during our general program, Native American Days (Saturday, September 12th). Set aside some time for Henry Hudson and the Shaping of New York at 1 p.m. and Pirates: Myth & Legend at 3 p.m. Both lectures will be offered to the public free of charge.

Henry Hudson and the Shaping of New York
Do you know how many maps the Hudson River was on prior to Hudson reaching the New World? Or that a matter of weeks kept New York from becoming a French colony in the beginning? Or, that if Hudson had been more successful in his early career, New York may have been an English colony from the start? Join us at Philipse Manor for a lecture on Hudson’s explorations and how they led to the New York that we know today. Saturday, September 12th, 1 p.m.

Pirates: Myth & Legend
What IS a pirate? Learn what a pirate is, and what a pirate isn't. You may be surprised by all the connections there are between pirates and the local area! Find out how our local waterways crossed paths with pirate life, pirate culture, and pirate endeavors. (This lecture is all for all ages, but is aimed at children.) Saturday, September 12th, 3 p.m.

Sunday, September 13th, 10 a.m.
The Hudson River Valley Ramble!
Ramble alongside Education Coordinator Lucille Sciacca as she leads her annual walk along the original path of the lower Nepperhan/Saw Mill River and Hudson River waterfront. Peel back the layers of history to the time when a Lenape fishing village was present, and consider the future of the Riverfront area. Visit the Palisades cliffs, Gateway Murals, Hudson Waterfront Sculpture Garden and 9/11 Memorial, as well as other monuments, buildings and art along the way. For more information, please call (914) 965-4027.
FREE. 2 HOUR DURATION.

Latest Info on Philipse Manor Hall Closure

May 17, 2010:

As there is no approved state budget at this time, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has neither the funding nor the authorization to keep Philipse Manor Hall open.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, the museum and grounds, is closed to the public until further notice. There are no tours, public programs, or community meetings at the museum and the parking lot, picnic tables, and grounds are not available for public use.

AUGUST 2009: Colonial Games Day

Quoits & Croquet!
Dress-Up & Colonial Chores!
Ice Cream Making!

Free on the lawn of Philipse Manor. Come join us for an enjoyable afternoon.
We'll be playing in the past!

JULY 28: Teaching the Hudson Valley Conference


Teaching the Hudson Valley will offer its annual Teaching the Hudson Valley Conference this July (28-30) with the theme BEYOND FIELD TRIPS: Teaching the Hudson Valley in Tough Times.

The second day of the conference, July 29th, will feature trips to sites that are previewing their offerings for teachers. Philipse Manor Hall will be featured, along with the Beczak Environmental Center and the Science Barge, who have partnered in this Quadricentennial year in effort to let students experience three sites that are near, on or in the Hudson River during one field trip. Save on transportation costs while learning integrative history, ecology and sustainable energy science as they relate to the Hudson River and the city of Yonkers and beyond.

For more information, please contact Education Coordinator Lucille Sciacca (914-965-4027) or visit http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/About-THV/Hudson-Valley-Profiles/Day-2-Inquiry-Choices.html.

JULY 2009: ARCHAEOLOGY DAYS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Click here

DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS: Click here

PRE-REGISTRATION FORM: Click here



What is Archaeology Days?
Archaeology Days is a three-day summer event for learning and living archaeology.

Who is it for?
Whether you're 5 or 95, there is a class for you. We recognize that everyone has an interest in archaeology, and that's why we've designed Archaeology Days to be an all-ages program. Choose the courses or lectures that are right for your interests.

How can I participate?
Read the above descriptions of classes for more information. While Archaeology Days is open to the public on all three days, you may pre-register (by pre-paying) if you would like, to ensure your place in a particular class. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please call (914) 965-4027 or email Brittany.Wheeler@opprhp.state.ny.us to register. You may print the above registration form and enclose it with a check to Philipse Manor Hall (29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701).

What does it cost?
Each class is $3, two classes purchased together cost $5, and an all-access pass is $10. A limited number of scholarships are available. Group rates may be possible. Please inquire with Brittany, Museum Programs Coordinator, for more information: Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us

JUNE 2009


National Trails Day: Walk the Waterfront!
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

On Saturday, June 6th, the public is invited to Walk the Waterfront as a part of National Trails Day. Exercise both body and mind as our Education Coordinator leads you past historical and architectural landmarks lining the Yonkers waterfront, from a sculpture garden to urban murals. This walk is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration takes place at Philipse Manor Hall at 9:45 a.m.).

Lecture: Pirates, Smugglers & Explorers
Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m.

On Thursday, June 11th, Kimberly Flook delivers her popular lecture with a twist: Pirates, Smugglers and Explorers tells of all the occupations the sea inspired, from mariners and inventors to smugglers and pirates. This lecture is free and begins at 7 p.m. The public is also invited to attend our annual Friends of Philipse Manor Hall meeting to learn more about how Philipse Manor plans to serve the public in the future.

Create Your Own Exhibit: Pirates & Explorers
Sunday, June 28, 12 p.m.



On Sunday, June 28th, we take our lessons on pirates and explorers to (he)art with the Create Your Own Exhibit workshop. You’ll have the chance to learn how to create an exhibit by participating in one! We’ll learn about how exhibits are designed, create our own pirate-themed art, and hang it ourselves in the Community Gallery. This event is free with a suggested donation of $3 per person.

MAY LECTURE

The Cochran Portrait Collection : The Fakes, the Finds & the Forgeries
Saturday, May 30th, 3 p.m.

Philipse Manor Hall Site Manager Kimberly Flook lectures on the nature and history of the Manor’s portrait collection, which includes presidents, statesmen, artists and more. How did they end up here? Who is responsible for the 'best' and the 'worst' of them? Enjoy the stories you'd never quite guess at by just observing the artwork. This event is free.

MAN ALIVE!













Exploring with Henry Hudson:

An Interactive Performance

Sunday, May 17th, 3 p.m.

Philipse Manor Hall proudly presents the interactive performance of Explorations with Henry Hudson in our grand Gothic Chamber. The story of English-born, Dutch-employed Hudson comes to life in this Quadricentennial year as author and performer Adam Gersacov portrays the seafarer and tells the story of his historic Third Voyage spent pursuing the Northwest Passage to China, when he instead stumbled into Manhattan!

This performance carries regular house admission fees: Children under 12 are free, students and seniors are $3 and adults are $5.

Spring at Philipse Manor - April and May 2009

Site Beautification Day
Saturday, April 25th, 12-4 p.m.

Why are stewardship and sustainability important? What can you do to take better care of the historic sites around you during this Quadricentennial year? Visit the Manor this Saturday to participate in various tasks that will help beautify the Manor!

In addition, learn eco-friendly crafts, take an environmentally-themed house tour and use your creativity and imagination in our writing contest (the winner receives a "sustainable" prize!)

This event is free.

Flower Fest
Saturday, May 2nd, 12-3 p.m.

Dance ‘round the Maypole, learn about Dutch tulips, and sample the wares of our flower and bake sale on the lawn of Philipse Manor!

This event is free.

Please call (914) 965-4027 or email Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us for more information.

APRIL 4, 2009: Easter at the Manor

Saturday, April 4th is Easter at the Manor!

Join us from 1-3 p.m. to search the house and grounds for Easter eggs filled with stories, candy and prizes.

Then, settle down to dye some Easter eggs with organic dye while you're here!

This event is free to the public, and families are welcome.

For more information, please contact us at (914) 965-4027 or email our Museum Programs Coordinator at Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us.

March 2009: Ladies' Colonial Tea

Please join us for our Ladies' Colonial Tea! As we usher in spring, we'll be hosting a tea for ladies and girls on Saturday, March 21st, from 2-5 p.m.

Join us to learn about high society as the Philipse women would have known it! We'll drink tea, shed light on the Philipse women, read from a play written about the family in the Colonial Era, and more!

Period dress is encouraged, but not required. Ladies and girls of all ages are warmly invited. RSVP is kindly requested by Wednesday, March 18th.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Brittany Wheeler, Museum Programs Coordinator: 914-965-4027 or Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us

FEBRUARY 2009: The Geography of Philipse


From February 20 - 27th at 1 p.m., the staff of Philipse Manor Hall will offer a special tour entitled The Museum's Tentacles. If geography tickles your fancy, this place-based talk will connect the myriad of dots between the Philipse Family and their origins, trade routes and lasting geographic legacies. The museum today has tentacles extending around the world.

This tour will be offered once daily, or by request. Regular admission fees apply: Adults $5, Students/Seniors $3, Children Under 12: FREE.

Please remember that the Manor is closed to the public on Mondays.

FEBRUARY 2009: Presidents Day Celebration

What is a President to you?

Join us Sunday, February 15th from 12-4 p.m. for our Annual Presidents Day Celebration.

Fairy butter, peanut soup and 18th-century icing: No understanding of our Presidents would be complete without understanding the things they ate! Come sample the food that struck the presidential fancy.

Feelin' old: Dress up in our collection of Colonial clothing and take a free digital photo which we'll print for you on site! If you're still feeling presidential, check how you measure up against the heights of previous presidents of the U.S. and take home a certificate stating where you stand!

Use your smarts: Take our scavenger hunt and try to find the answers to presidential queries in the house!

Win a prize by entering our peanut contest! AND MORE!!

This event is free!

For more information, please contact Museum Programs Coordinator Brittany Wheeler: (914) 965-4027, Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us

JANUARY 2009: Create Your Own Exhibit

The winter months need a little color...

This January, we invite visitors to lend their artistic abilities to Philipse Manor Hall, where we will hold two art-making sessions. Join us on Saturday, January 17th or Saturday, January 31st from 1-3 p.m. to learn a bit about how museums make exhibits, followed by art-making and the hanging of your work on our very own Community Gallery walls.

Each session's work will hang in the gallery for two weeks, and admission to the gallery is free. This program is free with regular admission, which means you are welcome to take a tour of the house on the same ticket.

Children under 12 are always FREE, Students/Seniors $3, Adults $4. All ages are welcome!

To RSVP or inquire further, please contact Brittany Wheeler, Museum Programs Coordinator, at (914) 965-4027 or Brittany.Wheeler@oprhp.state.ny.us

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: Holiday Tours

Join us as the weather cools down for our special holiday tours at the Manor!

In November, we'll offer the Mourning Tour, which, along with a free cup of cider, will delve into mourning traditions through time. This tour is offered on Wednesdays in the month of November, beginning the 12th, at 6 p.m.

In December, we'll be offering our Holiday Traditions Tour, which will allow you to tour the house, decorated in festive finery, and learn about British and Dutch holiday traditions. These tours will close with a choir performance. This tour is offered Saturday, December 13, 20, and 27th at 5 p.m. It will also be offered during the day: Weekends beginning December 13th at 1 p.m.

Aprenda las tradiciones en espanol, tambien!
Las tradiciones del luto: 12 de noviembre, 5 p.m.
Las tradicionnes de los dias feriados: 13, 20, 27 de diciembre, 6 p.m.

DECEMBER 6th: St. Nicholas Celebration!

On Saturday, December 6th, 2008, we'll host our annual St. Nicholas Celebration at the Manor!

Join us for a performance of Dutch holiday music by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, light refreshment, and a visit from St. Nicholas and Zwarte Piet!

This event is FREE!

Special thanks to the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, for their financial assistance.

New Exhibit Opens - November 2008

November 2nd, 2008: Thank you to all that came for the opening of the exhibit Mexican Art: Dia De Muertos. We look forward to more Mexican-American gallery displays in the near future. Check back for 2008/2009 offerings.

To learn more about displaying in our Community Gallery, please contact Kimberly.Flook@oprhp.state.ny.us.

400 Knock on the oldest door in town!

October 31, 2008: A gigantic thank-you to everyone that made our Trick-or-Treat at the Manor such a success!

400 people came to the Manor to knock on the oldest door in town, and enjoyed the house by night. We had a creepy scavenger hunt, a rollicking good time during our costume contest, a fantastic pianist from Sarah Lawrence College, and much more!

We look forward to offering more community events like this at the Manor! Thanks again, and come visit us soon!
 
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