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ZPP-284212-22

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Elizabeth L. Bradley (Project Director: May 2021 to present)
Invisible Women: Telling the Untold Stories at New York's Philipsburg and Van Cortlandt Manors

The creation of a digital programs for children about the experiences of enslaved and free women in colonial and post-Revolutionary America, focused on the properties of Historic Hudson Valley; retention of six jobs, creation of one new position, and restoration of 20 part-time positions.

HHV requests a grant to hire and train staff and interpreters who will create and sustain a live, digital school program about the experiences of enslaved and free women in colonial and post-Revolutionary America. These virtual field trips, designed with meaningful input from educator and student evaluators, build on the success of our award-winning NEH-funded documentary People Not Property: Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North. Invisible Women seeks to flip the traditional narrative, one based on documents that marginalize the presence of mothers, wives, and daughters, not to mention skilled female laborers and entrepreneurs. It would provide opportunities to amplify voices that are rarely heard and showcase contrasting experiences that offer a profound and complicated portrait of a nation in progress. The grant would allow HHV to address the pandemic-driven demand for online engagement in the humanities and sustain HHV as a critical educational resource.

Project fields:
African American History; Women's History

Program:
ARP-Organizations (Public-related)

Division:
Agency-wide Projects

Totals:
$367,643 (approved)
$367,643 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2022


MN-284737-22

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Elizabeth L. Bradley (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Kofi's Trial: A Digital Graphic History

Production of an interactive graphic history examining the trial of Kofi, the enslaved accused leader of the 1741 New York Conspiracy.

Historic Hudson Valley requests a grant to produce an interactive digital graphic history titled Kofi’s Trial. At this critical moment in history, when people are hungry for accurate, historical resources to help them understand the national conversation about racial inequality, Kofi’s Trial will be a powerful tool to tell the difficult, complex history of slavery in the colonial North. Kofi’s Trial will focus on the 1741 insurrection plot that became known as the New York Conspiracy. Users will be able to walk the streets that Kofi traveled, meet people in his community, see the injustices Kofi and others faced, consider the options the enslaved had for resistance and survival, and hear the actual courtroom testimony. They will have the resources to grapple with conflicting ideas of slavery and agency in colonial America, and to understand the uneasy relationship between justice and resistance.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$399,058 (approved)
$399,058 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2022 – 8/31/2023


MT-268897-20

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Elizabeth L. Bradley (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
Cuffee's Trial: A Digital Graphic History

Prototyping of an interactive digital history on the New York Conspiracy trials (1741), in which both enslaved people and poor white New Yorkers stood accused of plotting to burn the city and murder its white inhabitants.

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) requests funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop a prototype of a digital graphic history provisionally titled Cuffee’s Trial. This product will depict the trial of Cuffee, an enslaved man accused of conspiracy to commit arson and insurrection in colonial New York. Cuffee, who was among the first of 37 men and women to be tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for what became known as the New York Conspiracy, was the property of Adolph Philipse, the proprietor of Philipsburg Manor, a provisioning plantation that HHV now maintains as a National Historic Landmark in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Cuffee’s Trial represents both HHV’s deep expertise in relaying the history of northern colonial slavery, and our commitment to sharing this knowledge extensively through dynamic digital storytelling. The digital graphic history will become part of our constellation of “Slavery in the Colonial North” digital products.

Project fields:
African American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 2/28/2022


BH-272387-20

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Elizabeth L. Bradley (Project Director: February 2020 to present)
Margaret Hughes (Co Project Director: July 2020 to December 2021)
Slavery in the Colonial North

Two one-week workshops for 72 K-12 educators on the history of slavery in the colonial north.

In recent years, public humanities practitioners have focused on re-evaluating how slavery in America is presented at historic sites, incorporating the point of view of enslaved individuals, and recognizing the longevity of slavery’s existence in America. Still, the narrative of slavery is rooted in the antebellum South, omitting its connection to the legal, economic, and political development of colonial America and the New Nation period. For over 20 years, Historic Hudson Valley has told the story of slavery in colonial America, on site at our historic site Philipsburg Manor and, in 2019, with the interactive documentary People Not Property: Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North. In 2017 and 2019, HHV hosted NEH summer Institutes to explore this topic with K-12 teachers. Now HHV seeks a Landmarks grant for summer 2021. The workshop would be grounded at Philipsburg Manor and extended to nearby historic sites to consider how these locations expand our knowledge of American slavery.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

Program:
Landmarks of American History and Culture

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$189,384 (approved)
$189,384 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022


MD-263929-19

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Elizabeth L. Bradley (Project Director: June 2018 to December 2021)
Cuffee’s Trial: A Digital Graphic Novel

Development of an interactive digital graphic work of non-fiction examining the 1741 New York Conspiracy through the trial of Cuffee, an enslaved man.

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) requests discovery funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to fund the exploratory stages of the creation of a digital graphic novel provisionally titled Cuffee’s Trial. This product will depict the trial, and the historical circumstances surrounding the trial, of Cuffee, an enslaved man accused of conspiracy to commit insurrection in colonial New York. Cuffee, who was among the first of 37 men and women to be tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for what would come to be known as the New York Conspiracy, had a direct connection to Philipsburg Manor, HHV’s National Historic Landmark in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Cuffee’s Trial represents both HHV’s deep expertise in relaying the history of slavery in the north and our commitment to sharing this knowledge extensively through dynamic digital storytelling. The completed digital graphic novel will become part of our constellation of Slavery in the Colonial North digital products.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


ES-261739-18

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Jacqueline Simmons (Project Director: February 2018 to March 2021)
Slavery in the Colonial North

A one-week institute for 25 school teachers on slavery in the colonial North.

Slavery in the Colonial North will offer K-12 teachers the opportunity to look deeply into northern colonial enslavement and gain a better understanding of when northern enslavement developed, how it was maintained, where it was contested, what was unique about enslavement in the North, and why it remains relevant. Teachers will examine the legal and economic systems in colonial America and how these systems justified and relied on the existence of slavery. By the end of the institute, participants will understand that, for economic and social reasons, slavery was as entrenched in the North as in the South. Educators will learn that, by including enslavement as part of the story of colonial America, their students will see how the past is connected to their lives in the present day and how they might consider their futures.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Institutes for K-12 Educators

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$109,490 (approved)
$109,490 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2019


MN-253265-17

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Ross W. Higgins (Project Director: June 2016 to December 2021)
People as Property: Stories of Northern Colonial Enslavement

Production of a website exploring slavery in the colonial North with a focus on the individual stories of enslaved people at Philipsburg Manor, an eighteenth-century historic plantation site.

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) requests NEH support for the production of a website titled People as Property: Stories of Northern Colonial Enslavement. The site will shed light on the often overlooked history of slavery in the colonial North with a special focus on individual stories as a means to personalize the past. This project is an outgrowth of the NEH-funded reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor, HHV’s National Historic Landmark in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Probate inventories, runaway slave ads, legal and court documents, slave narratives, and other primary sources related to northern slaveholdings serve as entry points for exploring the human dimensions of slavery. Philipsburg Manor stands as the primary case study augmented by content from several noteworthy historic sites, libraries, academic institutions, and historical societies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


ES-250946-16

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Jacqueline Simmons (Project Director: February 2016 to December 2019)
Slavery in the Colonial North

A one-week institute for twenty-five schoolteachers on slavery in the colonial North.

"Slavery in the Colonial North: Institutions and Individuals" will offer teachers the opportunity to look deeply into northern colonial enslavement and gain a better understanding of when northern enslavement developed, how it was maintained, where it was contested, what was unique about enslavement in the North, and why it remains relevant. Teachers will examine the legal and economic systems in colonial America and how these systems justified and relied on the existence of slavery. By the end of the seminar, participants will understand that, for economic and social reasons, slavery was as entrenched in the North as in the South. Educators will learn that by including enslavement as part of the story of colonial America, their students will see how the past is connected to their lives in the present day and how they might consider their futures.

Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Institutes for K-12 Educators

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$83,443 (approved)
$83,443 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


MT-234084-16

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Ross W. Higgins (Project Director: June 2015 to May 2017)
Slavery in the North Website Project

The prototyping phase of a website on the exploration of the history of slavery in the north during the colonial period.

Historic Hudson Valley is requesting $100,000 to develop a prototype that demonstrates the humanities ideas, digital technology, and public outreach for an online interactive documentary tentatively titled Slavery in the North. The website will shed light on the history of slavery in the colonial North, with a focus on individual stories as a means to personalize the past. Continuing our successful collaboration with design firm C&G Partners and evaluation firm ExposeYourMuseum, HHV will use the Prototyping grant to: 1) Consult with humanities scholars, museum professionals, education advisors, and multi-media storytellers; 2) Compile and expand upon content relating to all northern colonies; 3) Refine the website structure and user experience; 4) Develop scripts and digitize selected assets; 5) Develop a website prototype; 6) Test and evaluate the user experience; and 7) Finalize the website design and technical specifications for Production.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Public History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


GE-235074-16

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Michael Lord (Project Director: August 2015 to November 2017)
Historic Hudson Valley: Washington Irving and the Art of Storytelling

Planning for public programs, including support for research, concept design, audience evaluation, and design workshops exploring the stories and life of Washington Irving at his home.

HHV seeks funding for a public programming initiative that will make a meaningful connection between the tales of Washington Irving and the art of American storytelling by transforming the visitor experience at Irving's home Sunnyside. The humanities themes include 1) stories play an essential role in the American experience, 2) through his Hudson River Valley stories, Irving made an essential contribution to the development of regional literature in the United State, and 3) Washington Irving fashioned Sunnyside, his riverfront estate, to embody his creative spirit. The project incorporates public programs, both onsite and online, for a diverse audience including culture-seekers, families, teachers, and students.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2016 – 3/31/2017


MD-226669-15

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Ross W. Higgins (Project Director: June 2014 to June 2016)
Slavery in the North Website

Development of a website that explores northern slavery through individual stories that illustrate how enslaved people endured and resisted the institution of slavery.

Historic Hudson Valley's website project will address the history of slavery in the colonial North, with a special focus on individuality and resistance. It is an outgrowth of our NEH-funded reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor, HHV’s National Historic Landmark in Sleepy Hollow, NY, where we have been presenting the history of northern colonial slavery--and, later, incorporating themes of individuality and resistance--for years. HHV is determined to bring this personalized history online and engage with the public in new, exciting ways. Through Discovery, HHV will: 1) Convene a select group of humanities scholars, museum professionals, education advisors, and digital media experts; 2) Identify, update, and prioritize our humanities content involving northern colonial enslavement and resistance; 3) Determine how content will be structured and presented online to engage a 21st-century audience; and 4) Create a design document that details the fundamental aspects of the website.

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Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Public History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015


GI-50074-09

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Kathleen E. Johnson (Project Director: August 2008 to December 2011)
Peter S. Pockriss (Project Director: December 2011 to June 2013)
American Arcadia: People, Landscape, and Nature at Montgomery Place

Implementation of a reinterpretation of a historic country estate, using the experiences of residents and workers to illustrate important turning points in American attitudes toward nature and landscape.

Funding is sought to reinterpret a significant property owned by Historic Hudson Valley (HHV). Using as a focusing device the experiences of four women who shaped this country estate during its 200-year history, the new interpretation will illustrate important turning points in American attitudes toward nature and landscape. As it forges a more integrated, effective way for house museums to interpret the built and natural environments, HHV will strive to help visitors understand how American points of view about landscape and nature have changed over time and why those shifts matter. Project formats include an interpretive tour of the nearly 400-acre site; web-based programs and blog; and publications. The story of Montgomery Place reflects many of the ideas and values that have shaped America's land and people. The project addresses how cultural attitudes toward the natural world determine human actions, and how these actions in turn affect people's environments.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2009 – 2/28/2013


BP-50082-08

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Kathleen E. Johnson (Project Director: January 2008 to June 2009)
Festivals of Sail and Steam: The Hudson-Fulton & Champlain Celebrations of 1909

No project description available

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Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Historic Places: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2008 – 2/28/2009


MP-50016-06

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Margaret Vetare (Project Director: September 2005 to August 2007)
American Arcadia: People, Landscape, and Nature at Montgomery Place

Planning to develop a reinterpretation of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark in the Hudson Valley, exploring the changing relationships among people, landscape, and nature.

Historic Hudson Valley proposes a reinterpretation of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark in Annandale, NY, that focuses on the changing relationship between people, landscape, and nature over time. Consulting scholars will help develop themes such as the function of the arts in conveying cultural attitudes toward the land, the role of wilderness in the American consciousness, and the influence of women in shaping the landscape. Scholars will advise on integrating the estate’s extensive landscape into the visitor experience. By interpreting the actions of a variety of individuals who populated the estate between 1800 and 1950, we will bring a historical perspective to the conversation on humanity and nature in America.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Museums Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2006 – 4/30/2007


GM-26135-00

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Kathleen E. Johnson (Project Director: February 2000 to February 2004)
Reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor

Implementation of new interpretive tours of an 18th-century mill site, emphasizing the experience of enslaved African Americans who worked there.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,008 (approved)
$300,008 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2000 – 8/31/2003


GM-25757-97

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Jennifer Anderson-Lawrence (Project Director: December 1996 to December 1998)
Reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor

To support planning for the reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor with emphasison enslaved African Americans, with public programs, interpreters, concerts, museum theater, foodways, demonstrations, and education programs.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,587 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1997 – 8/31/1998


GM-25241-94

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Henry Joyce (Project Director: December 1993 to February 1996)
Under the North Star: Slavery and Emancipation in the North, 1630-1865

To support planning for a collaborative traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on slavery and emancipation in the North from 1630 to 1865.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$50,445 (approved)
$50,445 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1994 – 6/30/1995


PH-20548-92

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Kathleen E. Johnson (Project Director: June 1991 to November 1996)
Documentation and Computerization of the Historic Hudson Valley Collections

To support documentation and computerization of the historic Hudson Valley collections.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Heritage Preservation Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1992 – 6/30/1996


CA-21531-88

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Michael G. Carew (Project Director: May 1987 to September 1992)
Challenge Grant

To support endowment for new staff positions, training, and publications, and honoraria for humanities consultants.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants for Museums

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$750,000 (approved)
$750,000 (offered)
$750,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1987 – 7/31/1994


GM-21867-84

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Renee Friedman (Project Director: May 1983 to October 1990)
Interpretation Plan for Van Cortlandt Manor (Planning)

To support planning for the interpretation of Van Cortlandt Manor during the period, 1790-1810, when the Van Cortlandt family's contribution to the political and social forces shaping the nation were greatest.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1984 – 6/30/1984


RP-*1911-80

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Saverio Procario (Project Director: May 1980 to October 1990)
THE VAN CORTLANDT FAMILY PAPERS, VOLUME IV, Edited by Jacob Judd

To support publication of "The Van Cortlandt Family Papers, Volume IV: Correspondence of the Van Cortlandt Family of Cortlandt Manor, 1814-1848," part of a series of family correspondence and business papers from 1748-1848 of particular interest to New York State historians.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Scholarly Publications

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1980 – 5/31/1981


GM-*1140-79

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Nancy Campbell (Project Director: May 1979 to October 1990)
Sunnyside Orientation Slide Show Sequence

To produce two slide-tape orientation programs for historic Sunnyside, home of Washington Irving.

Project fields:

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$7,710 (approved)
$7,710 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/1979 – 10/31/1980


GM-11383-78

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Renee Friedman (Project Director: January 1978 to present)
Independent Study Program for the Training of Historical Agency Personnel

To develop a series of correspondence courses in the skills of interpretation that would enable historical organization staff members to improve their job skills and therefore their services to the public without the necessity of leaving their jobs for extended periods of academic training.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 12/31/1978


CM-*1066-78

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
John W. Harbour (Project Director: February 1978 to October 1990)
Challenge Grant

No project description available

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Museum Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (offered)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/1977 – 6/30/1982


GM-*1528-78

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Joseph T. Butler (Project Director: May 1978 to October 1990)
Implementation Phase-Permenent Interp.& Orientation Exhiti- tion for Philopsburg Manor

No project description available

Project fields:

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$147,660 (approved)
$147,660 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/1978 – 11/30/1979


RP-10045-78

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Saverio Procario (Project Director: March 1978 to present)
Van Cortlandt Family Papers: Volume III, Edited by Jacob Judd

To bring out the 3rd and last vol. in a 3-vol. series of edited papers of the Van Cortlandt Family. These papers consist of letters and a memoir.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Scholarly Publications

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$3,500 (approved)
$3,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1978 – 11/30/1978


GM-11095-77

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-5591)
Joseph T. Butler (Project Director: July 1977 to present)
Planning Phase--Permanent Interpretive and Orientation Exhibition for Philipsburg Manor, Upper Mills

No project description available

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$9,600 (approved)
$9,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1977 – 12/31/1977