July 6-11 or July 13-18, 2015

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We are happy to invite you to join us in summer 2015 to participate in an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop on “The Hudson River in the Nineteenth Century and the Modernization of America.” The workshop will take a distinctly historical and cultural approach to the Hudson River. Participants, who will be designated as NEH Summer Scholars, will explore the Hudson of the nineteenth century as a microcosm of American culture in a century that, more than any other, transformed the country.

We aim to equip each participant with a framework for pursuing place-based inquiries back home, so that our study of the Hudson might serve as a springboard to similar studies elsewhere. The program is open to K-12 educators and is devised to be intensive and intellectual, yet collegial. Participants will be invited to share their expertise, collaborate on lesson plans and curriculum, and exchange ideas.

The part of the Hudson River that we will be focusing on stretches from New York Harbor at the base of Manhattan to Newburgh Bay, about 60 miles north of New York City. This region encompasses the dramatic Palisades along the western shore of the river, the broad Tappan Zee on which Washington Irving had his home, and the dramatic Hudson River Highlands, the setting of so many of the famed Hudson River School paintings. During the workshop we will be visiting a number of sites in and around this stretch of river.


If you have questions about the workshop contact us at nehhudson@ramapo.edu and we will gladly write back. We are very excited to be sponsoring this workshop and look forward to gathering next summer. Thank you!

Meredith Davis, Associate Professor of Art History, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Stephen P. Rice, Dean, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.