On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Crawford House welcomed a visit from 18 area educators participating in a three-day program called “Teaching the Hudson Valley.” Through a combination of lectures, workshops and field trips like this one, participating teachers and administrators learn new ways to engage their students in the place where they live – in this case, the Hudson Valley.
The Newburgh field trip, with educators from all over the Hudson Valley, was coordinated by Virginia McCurdy, a teacher at Newburgh Free Academy and a frequent volunteer and past board member of the Historical Society. Current board members Lynn Fischer and Jim Hoekema guided the visitors through the Crawford House, emphasizing its connections to the history of Newburgh and surrounding areas.
“Teaching Hudson Valley” is supported by partner organizations: Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Greenway Conservancy for the HRV, the National Park Service and the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environment Conservation. The approach is part of a national effort to increase and improve “place-based learning,” described as “a pedagogical approach that uses places and their cultural, historic, and geophysical resources as a foundation for learning across disciplines.” For more information, visit www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org