Interpreting History at Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park
November 19, 2013
Presently, we are doing a project at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Each student in my group will research rooms of the mansion or a subject related to the mansion. I conducted an interview with Connie, the niece of the Rockefellers. I have created this essential question regarding my project: “How was the life in the mansion for a member of the Rockefeller family?” I am interested to learn about fun and sweet stories from Connie when she was young. I found this project very interesting. Although I have lived near Woodstock all my life and visited the farm on several occasions, I had no idea how much history there is here. Students are researching topics based of their interest, such as architecture, the mansion itself, the different generations who live in the mansion, the art collection and the family stories. At the end of the project we gave a guided tour to a French speaking audience. Every student presented their own research to the French speaking audience in the mansion.
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Did You Know?
In the early 1860s Vermonter Frederick Billings, then living in California, purchased and sent photographs of Yosemite Valley to influential eastern friends to make the case for its preservation. You can see these photographs, and paintings of Yosemite, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.