• Mist rises over fields on Martin Van Buren's farm Lindenwald as the Catkill Mountains loom in the distance.

    Martin Van Buren

    National Historic Site New York

Interpretive Planning

Ranger Tour

A park ranger discussing ante bellum politics with visitors on a tour through President Van Buren's home Lindenwald.

National Park service

Interpretive planning determines appropriate interpretive services, facilities, programs, and media to communicate in the most effective way the park's purpose, significance, compelling stories, themes and values, while protecting and preserving park resources. Sound interpretive planning defines desirable and diverse experiences, recommends ways to facilitate those experiences, and assures they are accessible. The outcome of interpretive planning is effectiveness in communicating the park's story in a larger context, ideas, meanings, and the values associated with the resources themselves, and achieving the balance between resource protection and visitor use and enjoyment.

If you wish to learn more about the basis and direction of the interpretive program at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site please click one of the documents below:

Interpretive Planning Foundation

Interpretive Concept Plan

Did You Know?

Dutch windmill and tulips

Martin Van Buren is the only president for whom English is a second language. He was raised in a community where Dutch was more common than English reflecting New York’s beginning as a colony of Holland. As a boy he spoke Dutch at home with his parents, siblings, and throughout the Village of Kinderhook.