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Sept. 21, 2021 Life’s A Beach!

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

We’ll look at the historic uses of the Olmsted farm beach. Interesting information on this shoreline by house occupants Frederick Law Olmsted, Dr. Samuel Akerly, and Erastus Wiman and the Woods of Arden Inn will be featured. We’ll also take a look at the lively parallel history of Midland and South Beaches during the late 1800s.

Sept. 28, 2021 Institutionalized on the South Shore

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

The history of such unique sites as the proposed New York State Quarantine at Prince’s Bay, Mount Loretto, Saint Michael’s Home, Seaside Hospital, and the Sea Breeze home that operated on the Eltingville shoreline will all be featured.

Oct. 5, 2021 Famous People from Staten Island!

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

We will examine the lives of important and influential South Shore Staten Island personalities such as Dorothy Day, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Britton, Paul Zindel, Jasper Cropsey, Paul Castellano, Ricky Schroeder, Father John Drumgoole, Pete Davidson, and of course Frederick Law Olmsted and his friend William H. Vanderbilt!

Oct. 12, 2021 Celebrating the Parks and Preserves of Staten Island!

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

Join us for an in-depth look at Wolfe’s Pond Park, High Rock Park, Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (where Carlton Beil taught thousands of us about nature!), the Arden Heights Woods, the Mount Loretto Unique Area, and, of course, the Olmsted-Beil House Park. History, wildlife, habitats, rare and endangered species, and more will be examined.

Oct. 30, 2021 Haunted Tales from Old Staten Island 

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

Some of Staten Island’s most noted historians have documented stories of spirits from one end of the borough to the other. We will recount these tales around an outdoor campfire at the Kaasmann House.

Nov. 6, 2021 Make Your Own Blank Cards Workshop

Rutan-Becket House on the Conference House Park Grounds 6 Shore Road, Tottenville, Staten Island, NY

Create 3 different beautiful blank cards for those occasions when a personal message is needed. You will use nature-themed images and special paper to make your creations.

Nov. 13, 2021 Create Natural Christmas Ornaments Workshop

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

Using a base of sustainably harvested natural objects, you will create 3 unique beautiful ornaments to hang on your tree. Gilded paper embellishments provide the finishing touch. No experience necessary.   NOTE: Attendance is limited due to COVID. We ask that only fully vaccinated people attend and that all attendees wear a mask.   $15 fee… Read More »Nov. 13, 2021 Create Natural Christmas Ornaments Workshop

November 20, 2021 Frederick Law Olmsted: A Photo Presentation of Olmsted Parks and Projects

Kaasmann House 4485 Hylan Boulevard, Eltingville, Staten Island, NY

Join us for a collaboration with the Preservation League of Staten Island, in which John Kilcullen, director of the Conference House Park, Staten Island, will provide a lecture and illustrative slide show with images highlighting the many parks and projects designed by Olmsted. Fee: $10 includes light refreshments. NOTE: Attendance is limited due to COVID.… Read More »November 20, 2021 Frederick Law Olmsted: A Photo Presentation of Olmsted Parks and Projects

Recurring

Olmsted-Beil Park Clean-ups

Olmsted-Beil House Park 55 Orchard Lane South, Staten Island, NY

Help clear the Olmsted-Beil House Park grounds of weeds, leaves, branches, and invasive plants. Join us and you will also discover the history of the Olmsted-Beil House—it dates to 1685! We will provide water, gloves, and tools.