New York State’s Path Through History Weekend, June 20-21, will once again bring a wide range of experiences to acclaimed historic venues throughout the state. In fact, with nearly 300 festivals, attractions and special events, there’s sure to be something for even the most eclectic of interests. And this year, with the weekend timed to coincide with Father’ Day, families can take advantage of the many remarkable, kid-pleasing historical activities to customize their own fun holiday “path” and create a Father’s Day adventure to remember.
Here’s a sampling of fun Path Through History Weekend experiences offered around the state:
- Bliss out to the Blues in the Adirondacks: More than 20 blues bands will be performing at the Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival, June 19-21, at 12 different venues around Lake Placid. Scheduled featured performers include Shakura S’aida, Alexis P. Sutter Band and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix. VIP, day- and multi-day passes are available.
- Hear the cannons roar in Capital-Saratoga: In 1777, Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater was the site of a crucial American victory over the British, which turned out to be a turning point for the American Revolution. On June 20 and 21, Revolutionary Soldier Life Weekend will fill the fields with soldiers in period dress performing musket drills, cannon firings and daily duties such as preparing food, offering a glimpse into the life of a soldier during these exciting times.
- Play ball like it’s 1864 in New York City: Celebrate Father’s Day with a real old-fashioned baseball game played with 1864 rules, balls, bats, and uniforms–but no helmets or gloves. The1864 Baseball Game will take place June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx. After the official game, kids can join in a set of rounders with team members. Guided visits of the mansion will also be available.
- Play Native American games in Central NY: Native American crafts and games are among the engaging hands-on activities designed to help families explore, create and celebrate local history during the Explore, Create and Celebrate Local History at Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton. Exhibits display amazing artifacts, from ancient fossils to Digital Planetarium shows such as “Earth, Moon & Sun,” a kid-friendly primer on astronomy basics guided by “Coyote,” a character adapted from Native American traditions.
- Revisit the fight for women’s rights in the Finger Lakes: Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer for women’s rights and civil rights for all and her red brick home in Rochester, now the Susan B. Anthony Museum, was campaign headquarters for the National American Women Suffrage Association in the 1890s when Anthony was its president. Here, in her parlor, she strategized with famous reformers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Frederick Douglass was famously arrested in 1872 for attempting to vote.