History Programs

The Gold Coast Virtual & On-Site
Grades 4 – 8 | One Hour

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York
Standard 6:  Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Tour one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates and discover William Vanderbilt’s passion for automobile racing, yachting, and collecting.

The World of Mr. Vanderbilt
Grades 2-8 | One Hour

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York
NYSED Arts Learning Standards
Standard 6:  Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Explore the natural history collections and learn about William Vanderbilt’s passion for automobile racing, exploration, and collecting for his little museum.

The Vanderbilt Mummy Virtual & On-Site
Grades 5-8 | One Hour

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 2:  World History
Standard 3:  Geography
NYSED Arts Learning Standards
Standard 11:  Investigate ways that artistic work is defined by societal, cultural, and historical context and, in turn, how artistic ideas shape cultures past, present, and future.

Explore a 21st Dynasty Egyptian mummy and coffin and x-rays and learn about William Vanderbilt’s visits to Egypt.

Egyptian Mummies
Grades 5 – 8 | Two Hours

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 2:  World History
Standard 3:  Geography
NYSED Arts Learning Standards
Standard 11:  Investigate ways that artistic work is defined by societal, cultural, and historical context and, in turn, how artistic ideas shape cultures past, present, and future.

Students will discuss mummy-making throughout dynastic Egypt, examine a 21st Dynasty mummy and coffin, X-rays, and create hieroglyph bookmarks.

If Walls Could Talk: The Architecture of a Gold Coast Mansion
Grades 4 – 8 | Two Hours

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York
NYSED Arts Learning Standards
Standard 11:  Investigate ways that artistic work is defined by societal, cultural, and historical context and, in turn, how artistic ideas shape cultures past, present, and future.

Discover the eclectic personality of William Vanderbilt’s summer residence, explore the Memorial Wing galleries, and search for architectural elements in the courtyard. 

The Netherlands to New York
Grades 4 – 8 | Two Hours

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York

Come visit the summer residence and collections of William K. Vanderbilt II and discover how the Vanderbilt family contributed to the development of New York State.

The Pacific Islands
Grades 2 – 5 | Two Hours

NYSED Social Studies Learning Standards
Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York
Standard 2:  World History
Standard 3:  Geography

Students will discover the cultures and nature of the islands of the South Pacific as they search for artifacts, examine preserved corals, and create model outrigger canoes.

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