This summer, head to a Harlem park. There’s plenty to do — from bike rides, to stargazing, to climbing the Statue of Liberty all the way to the crown. And even head to the parks in Harlem for free.
The National Park Service is offering a special program on the New York Manumission Society as part of Black History Month. Continue reading
Work continues apace in restoring Hamilton Grange National Memorial. A gate
has been installed to protect the new handicap accessible lift, the
Horticultural Society is continuing to care for the thirteen sweet gum
trees planted on the site, and the exterior has been scraped and readied
for painting. Continue reading
Here’s the latest update from our friends t the National Park Service. The Grange received $2.4 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will enable the National Park Service to complete the interior restoration of the home. Work on the interior has begun and we expect to reopen the memorial to visitors in the fall of 2010.
The front entrance of the house has regained much of its original appearance. The porch is in place and the front steps are awaiting additional work. Continue reading
< Original Roof Uncovered
The restoration of the Grange includes removing parts of the roof that were added to the home after its completion in 1802. During the process of stripping the roof back to expose its finishes and flashings, the historic architects found evidence of the original 1802 balustrade, or decorative detailing, that did not match existing photographic images of the home taken in 1860. Also uncovered during the removal of the sheet metal cladding of the two faux chimneys on the home were the original 1802 roof shingles, 10″ long hand-made pine shingles. Both of these ‘discoveries’ will assist the National Park Service as the agency works with great care and precision to restore Hamilton’s “Sweet Project” to its former splendor.
Exhibit Design Firm To Seek Community Input
Following the restoration of the Grange, exhibits about the historical significance and cultural meanings of the Grange and Alexander Hamilton will be installed in parts of the home’s basement and first floor…
From the National Park Service (NPS), September 5th, 2008
The National Park Service is considering reopening Lady Liberty’s crown for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to documents a congressman released on July Fourth. The park service requested bids last month to study what it would take to safely open the Statue of Liberty’s iconic headpiece to the public, according to documents released by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Continue reading
A preservation group said Friday that modern tastes are winning out over historical accuracy in a plan to move founding father Alexander Hamilton’s home to St. Nicholas Park in Harlem.
Click on our video to see “how to” move the house: