This year the annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald on Saturday December 3rd from 12:00pm to 4:00pm will take on a slightly different theme and slightly different form in honor of the National Park Service (NPS) centennial year. The NPS was established on August 25, 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation authorizing the agency. Creation of the agency was one of many changes which reshaped the country during the period which became known as the Progressive Era.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and all other national park sites across the country have been observing the 100th birthday of the NPS with events all year long. Lindenwald will conclude the birthday celebration by exploring the period of time of its creation – the Progressive Era. Reenactors representing some of the main currents of progressivism will be inside Lindenwald to introduce guests to this period. Exhibits at Lindenwald and in park headquarters will also explore the era. Instead of decorations harking to the age of Martin Van Buren, this year, the Kinderhook Garden Club will be creating arrangements reminiscent of the early twentieth century.
Guests should plan on checking in for their tour at park headquarters 15 minutes prior to their tour. Also at headquarters participants will find delicious refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of Lindenwald.
The event coincides with President Van Buren’s birthday two days later. On Monday, December 5th the Village of Kinderhook, along with local officials, the Friends of Lindenwald and park personnel will celebrate Kinderhook’s most famous native son. The ceremony celebrating the 234th anniversary of his birth will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery on Albany Ave. in the Village of Kinderhook.
For additional information contact us at email@example.com or call 518-758-9689. The park’s web site is found at www.nps.gov/mava.
What time should I arrive for my seating?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour and go to the visitor center to check in before going to the mansion.
What's a seating and why to you have them?
Due to the size of President Van Buren's home entry is limited to fifty individuals every 30 minute. This allows for greater comfort for visitors and most importantly greater protection for the home and it's contents.
Is 30 minutes long enough to see everything?
Once you've entered the house at your seating time you may visit as long as you'd like.
Where is parking for the event?
Park in the visitor parking lot. Go to the visitor center across Old Post Road before going the mansion.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
No food or beverages of any kind are permitted in the mansion. Refreshments will be provided to guests at the visitor center courtesy of the Friends of Lindenwald.
Can I add people to my group the day of the event?
No, this popular event fills up rapidly. Reservations may only be made through this website.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 518-758-9689 extension 2011.