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Hours:   SUMMER HOURS - Saturdays Hours  1 - 5 PM.    History and Geneaology Resource Rooms are also open. Guided and self-guided tours available.  Suggested Donation $3.00 per person.  Members are free. Veterans and Active Service members are free.

EXHIBITS:  Richard Asbell has re-installed our permanent exhibit, “Unearthed at the Onderdonk House – Artifacts from the 1970's Archaeology Investigations” and added additional material including photos of the other colonial houses along Flushing Avenue.  

August 23rd BOARD MEETING – ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING; 5 PM TO 7 PM, Followed by refreshments.  Members.  You may join the Society at this meeting of the Membership.  Election of Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

August 27th -  BATTLE OF BROOKLYN PROGRAM & EXHIBIT: Celebrating the Declaration of Independance, 1 - 5 PM  Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence in the 18th Century style at 2 PM and 4 PM.  Other activities include:  History scavenger hunt, writing with quill pens and making simulated wampum jewelry.  Suggested donation:  $5.00 for Adults, Children Free, Members & Active Service Members Free.  Click here for flier.

October 9thHARVEST FESTIVAL, Noon to 5 PM  500 Pumpkins free for children while supply lasts.  Cider and Candlemaking, crafting, games, pumpkin patch, tours of the Onderdonk House.  $5.00 Adults, Children & Members Free.  

December 4th - ST. NICHOLAS DAY.  Noon to 5 PM.  Join us to celebrate the Dutch "Christmas".  Mulled Cider, crafts, holiday singing.  Visits with St. Nicholas.  Tree lighting at 3 PM.  $5.00 Adults, Children & Members Free.

LOOK FOR AN UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR OUR POPULAR CANDLELIGHT TOURS STARTING IN DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.



 

 

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A Message to Elementary and Middle School Educators

As an enhancement to your early New York curriculum, we invite you and your classes to visit the Vander Ende Onderdonk House. The history, location and contents of the house provide a rich educational and cultural experience for class and group visits.

Our school program is generally geared to third, fourth and fifth grade levels and complies with New York State curriculum standards; special programs can be adapted for other grades. Activities usually include a tour of the house and grounds; a slide presentation on early New York and local history and a colonial craft activity, although modifications to the program may occur due to time constraints, weather, size of group, etc.

This year, we have many surprises to share.  We completed the renovation of the house, beginning with the Onderdonk Parlour, which has been restored and decorated with original 19th century furnishings as well as the colonial kitchen.  The Vander Ende Room has also been renovated to reflect the earliest colonial years of the house. 

Weather permitting, students can bring their lunch and eat in the picnic area of our enclosed 1.5 acre site. We also have a small gift shop with colonial and inexpensive items geared toward children.

Please note that we can not accommodate multiple classes during single visits this year the size of your group must be limited to 35 students or less excluding parents and school staff.  We are accepting reservations for Thursdays and Fridays, but will accept reservations for other days, subject to availability.  

 

Senior Citizen, Civic Associations and other groups

We can taylor a visit to the Onderdonk House for your group based on needs, interests and time.  Group size is limited to about 35 persons.