In July 2019, Historic Hudson Valley presents a National Endowment for the Humanities institute for K-12 teachers, exploring the subject of slavery in the colonial north. Participants in the institute will explore both the institutional and personal sides of enslavement, understanding how slavery emerged under Dutch law and expanded and became codified under English rule. The institute will present the institution of slavery as interwoven throughout colonial development, as opposed to its usual compartmentalization in the mid-19th century American South. The institute will draw heavily on its location at Philipsburg Manor — a site which, for 20 years, has been interpreting the story of slavery in the colonial north through the stories of individuals who lived there — and along the Hudson River, including a day trip into New York City.
The institute is free for all admitted participants and comes with a $1,200 stipend to off-set expenses. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Teachers from diverse backgrounds and teachers who have not participated in NEH institutes are strongly encouraged to apply.