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Grant to Fund Colonial History-Based Programs

Students from around the Hudson Valley will benefit from the $20,000 gift from First Niagara Foundation.

A $20,000 grant, courtesy of First Niagara Foundation, will help Sleepy Hollow-based Philipsburg Manor and Croton-based Van Cortlandt Manor use resources to educate area students about colonial history, according to a post on Patch.

Recently, the grant helped fund a trip for 70 fourth graders from Croton-on-Hudson, who took part in Philipsburg Manor's "Millers and Merchants" program.

"Curriculum-based programs for K-12 students with titles likeTouching the PastMillers and Merchants, and Hard Work and Hand Work are designed to meet state learning standards. At Philipsburg Manor the educational focus is the history of slavery, commerce, and cultural pluralism," according to the post. "Lessons are illuminated by historical background that offers a window into the lives of enslaved Africans and tenant farmers of diverse European backgrounds who operated the site."

In Croton-on-Hudson, students visiting Van Cortland tManor will "explore the lives of a prominent Dutch patriot family, as well as their slaves and paid servants, in the years following the American Revolution."

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