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Greater N.Y.: The 5 Best History-Inspired Summer Vacations For Families

by on June 3, 2013

CBS Philly

What child hasn’t come home from school complaining about the brain-sucking boredom of sitting in history class? Despite colorful, inspiring stories of human struggle, courage on the battlefield and political intrigue, textbooks and lesson plans can only go so far when it comes to recreating the richness and texture of these culturally-defining events. For families who wish to supplement their child’s education and have a great time in the process, New York State abounds with vacation options that support learning, understanding and empathy about the people and events that shaped our past, and therefore, our present and future. Here are some examples of what New York has to offer the littlest historians in your life.

Travel the Underground Railroad – In the years leading up to the Civil War, fugitive slaves made their way up from the South to freedom with the help of a network of individuals guided by Abolitionist…

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