The Rockefeller Legacy in the Hudson Valley, New York, America, and the World, Kykuit (optional lodging at Kykuit)

Date: July 18, 2009 - July 19, 2009

The Hudson River Valley: The Rockefeller Teacherhostel™
Location: The Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tarrytown
Contact Hours: 20
Cutoff Date: June 17, 2009
Cost: $495 [includes all meals and lodging at the Conference Center]
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Spend a weekend in the Pocantico Historic Area, located in the heart of the Rockefeller family estate, learning about the Rockefeller family and their concern for historic and environmental preservation in the Hudson River Valley. Through a variety of philanthropic traditions and organizations, the Rockefellers have expressed their vision on how to achieve these twin objectives. Participants will hear from the people responsible for maintaining the legacy of the family as well as scholars, political leaders, and education people who work to maintain the legacy of the historic Hudson Valley. Now is the chance to do more than simply visit Kykuit, it is a chance to experience it while addressing critical issues in the world of education.

The Historic Area has been a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1979, when it was willed to the National Trust by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. The Conference Center includes John D. Rockefeller’s home, Kykuit; the surrounding gardens and sculpture gardens and collections; and the Coach Barn (Conference Center). The Pocantico Conference Center is maintained and administered by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a private foundation, which operates the site as an extension of its grantmaking activities under an agreement with the National Trust.

Friday: The Pocantico Conference Center
5:00 Arrival
5:30 Kykuit Tour
7:30 Dinner
8:30 The Rockefeller Legacy: Through the Lens of Art– Cynthia Altman, Curator, Kykuit

Morning: The Pocantico Conference Center
7:45 Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 The Rockefellers: How They Made the Money and How They Have Kept It -.
Peter Johnson, Senior Associate, Rockefeller Family and Associates
10:15 The Rockefeller Legacy – Ken Rose, Associate Director of Research and Education, Rockefeller Archive Center
11:15 From Charity to Philanthropy: “The Problem of Our Age Is the Proper Administration of Wealth” – Jim Smith, Vice President and Director of Research and Education, Rockefeller Archive Center
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Saving the Palisades: Palisades Interstate Park, Roger Panetta, Fordham University
2:30 Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape– Rob Yasinsac, author
3:30 Making Local History Matter: An Education Perspective, Jo Ann Larson, Associate in Social Studies Education, New York State Education Department
Making Local History Matter: A State Perspective, State Assemblyman John McEneny
Preserving the Historic Hudson Valley, Congressman Maurice Hinchey invited
5:30 Reception: Kykuit Terrace
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Tales of the Historic Hudson Valley, Jonathan Kruk, storyteller

7:45 Breakfast
9:00 Rip Van Winkle’s Riverfront: A Case Study –Phil Zegarelli, former mayor Sleepy Hollow
10:00 The Hudson: America’s River – Fran Dunwell, author,
11:00 Planting the Seeds of a Sustainable Life: The School Garden At Pocantico Center– Ginny LoBosco, NYS BOCES Consultant
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Preserving the Environment – Alix Schnee, Preserve Manager, Rockefeller State Park Preserve
2:00 Rockefeller Preserve State Park Tour– Alix Schnee

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