St. Patrick’s Day Classroom Video

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but it is a way to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. Around the world, festivals and parades are held to honor Ireland and the history of St. Patrick. Use this video from PBS LearningMedia to provide an overview of the holiday and open classroom discussion!

Hanford Mills Celebrates Independence Day

The Hanford Mills Museum celebrates Independence Day with demonstrations, a fishing contest, frog-jumping, and ice cream made by a steam-powered churn using ice from last winter’s Ice Harvest.  Executive Director Liz Callahan talks about the many events and hands-on learning opportunities available at the Independence Day Celebration. http://wskg.org/audio/hanford4th.mp3

All About the Holidays | Presidents Day

Presidents Day | All About the Holidays
Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents. For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.

Chinese New Year Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Chinese New Year | All About the Holidays
Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year, a celebration of good fortune at the end of winter celebrated by Chinese people around the world. How do you celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.  

History Behind the New Year Holiday from PBS LearningMedia

New Years Day | All About the Holidays
3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! On January 1st around the world, people celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Some people make resolutions for the new year or attend parties to celebrate. How do other cultures celebrate the new year? For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store All About the Holidays.

Is Santa Real? (A Scientific Analysis)

Happy Holidays! Ever wonder how Santa could possibly manage to deliver all those presents in a single night? Or what gives red-nosed reindeer the ability to fly? And why do your Christmas lights get tangled in knots no matter how carefully you put the away?! Watch as It’s Okay to Be Smart, a PBS Digital Studios production, uses science to explain these holidays conundrums.

Kwanzaa Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays
Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

Hanukkah Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Hanukkah | All About the Holidays
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today. For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

Christmas Day Teaching Tools From PBS LearningMedia

Christmas | All About the Holidays
Christmas Day isn’t just a holiday for Christians. Learn about the various traditions that people hold to celebrate it. Then have yourself a merry little Christmas! For lesson plans, additional resources, and more teacher support, download our free iBook from the iTunes store: All About the Holidays.  

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Let’s Make History Together This Thanksgiving

This weekend, you and StoryCorps can preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.  

Ready to record? Choose someone you love to interview.

Free Teacher Webinar Preps Classrooms for 2016 ‘The Great Thanksgiving Listen’

If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life. StoryCorps features an ambitious oral history project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen.” The goal is to capture the stories and voices of an entire generation by having students from across the country interview a grandparent or elder over the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators interested in participating can learn more and register for the official toolkit here.

Free Teacher Webinar Preps Classrooms for 2016 'The Great Thanksgiving Listen'

If you are a regular listener to WSKG you’re probably familiar with StoryCorps from their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. The organization started collecting stories in 2003 and every interview is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The interviews represent one of the largest oral history projects of its kind and offer people a unique look at many fascinating and important aspects of American life. StoryCorps features an ambitious oral history project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen.” The goal is to capture the stories and voices of an entire generation by having students from across the country interview a grandparent or elder over the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators interested in participating can learn more and register for the official toolkit here.

‘Nature Cat’ Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with ‘Runaway Pumpkin’

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

'Nature Cat' Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with 'Runaway Pumpkin'

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

Rescue from "Shangril-La" | #tbt

In today’s throwback Thursday photograph, residents of Owego, NY welcome back one of their World War II hometown heroes  – Corporal Margaret Hastings. On May 13, 1945, Cpl. Hastings was on a sightseeing flight over the uncharted jungles of Papua New Guinea, nicknamed “Shangril-La”, with twenty-three other service men and women. Her plane crashed violently into the side of a mountain and Hastings was one of only three survivors. Cpl. Hastings and the two other survivors of the crash were finally rescued from the remote jungle valley over a month later on June 28, 1945. The story of Cpl. Hastings’ rescue made her a media sensation and she was given a hero’s welcome upon her return to Owego.

Memorial Day Video & Free iBook from PBS LearningMedia

Help celebrate and explain the origin of Memorial Day with your kids through this quick video from PBSLearningMedia’s ‘All About the Holidays’ series.  And teachers — be sure to download the free ‘All About the Holidays’ iBook from iTunes. This book brings together lesson plans with an abundance of brief, in-class activities around 61 holidays and special events celebrated in the United States and around the globe. The lesson plans in this book are built around PBS LearningMedia’s video series ‘All About the Holidays.’ https://youtu.be/VKDEruS_-3o?list=PLG6dQWzaO45n7NVJ7HjQAkwqITj6HEWAh

Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Ken Burns's 'The National Parks' on WSKG TV

The National Park Service turns 100 this summer and WSKG and PBS are re-airing Ken Burns’s documentary THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA, April 25-30 to celebrate . You can catch a new episode each night that week at 9PM on WSKG TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUfgKhN6Tco

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska – THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.  

Main Image: Courtesy of Photo by Craig Mellish

Easter Weekend Fun

The Easter Weekend is fast approaching and WSKG is here to give you a few family friendly ideas on how to celebrate! -Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Park in Binghamton; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10am with the Easter egg hunt starting at 11am

-Dino-Eggstravaganza at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca; Saturday, March 26 from 10am-1pm

-Eggstravaganza at Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira; Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11am

All About the Holidays | Groundhog Day

Are we in for 6 more weeks of winter? We will find out on February 2! Teach early learners about Groundhog Day with PBS LearningMedia’s collection of K-3 resources related to Punxsutawney Phil and the science behind our changing seasons. Featuring videos, puzzles, and storyboards! Augment your classroom lessons with this festive collection of resources.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with PBS

PBS LearningMedia has a number of collections around some of the most significant pieces of history, including the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.  Learn about all of the resources here. In 2013, WSKG interviewed Ithaca, NY resident Dorothy Cotton, a leader of the SCLC in the 1960s.  She discusses what it was like to attend an activist training run by the group during the civil rights movements. On the first day, she says between 50 and 60 attendees sang “sorrow songs” of their shared experiences and struggles.

The Frisbee House

The 1797 Frisbee House stands as the cornerstone of the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi, NY. The grounds surrounding the historical association also include the original barns, a one-room schoolhouse, and the Frisbee family cemetery. Built by Gideon Frisbee (1758-1828), the Frisbee House has served as an inn and tavern, a courthouse, and the meeting place for the first Delaware County board of supervisors meeting in 1797. Over its two hundred year existence, the building has bore witness to many important historical events. However, it has also experienced its fair share of heartbreak.

Elmira College

Elmira College was originally founded as a women’s college in 1855. Located in the heart of Elmira, NY, the college initially enrolled nearly 1200 students, and was one of the first institutions in the world to grant baccalaureate degrees to women equal to those of men. The school has been coeducational since 1969, but the student body has remained relatively the same size it was in 1855. The college also had a deep connection with noted American humorist and author Samuel Clemens, and today houses the Center for Mark Twain Studies. Throughout its history, a number of unexplained events have been reported on campus.

Evergreen Cemetery

Established in 1851, Evergreen Cemetery in Owego covers 51 acres of a beautifully landscaped, terraced hillside.  Two stone pillars and a large iron gate mark the entrance, while small streams and stone fences meander across grounds. A wide variety of stone markers and monuments mark the sites were those who worked and lived in Tioga County over the last two centuries as buried. There are also unique sections devoted to veterans of the Civil War and firefighters. One of the most visited gravesites in the cemetery is that of a young Indian maidenknown as Sa-Sa-Na Loft, who died in a tragic train accident after visiting Owego in 1852.  This gravesite is also the epicenter of a number of eerie tales.  

 
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In this web exclusive clip, Professor Tucker explains the tradition of leaving tokens and coins at Sa-Sa-Na Loft’s grave.

Phelps Mansion

In 1870, Sherman Phelps, a successful businessman and banker, built a three-story brick Victorian mansion on Court Street in Binghamton, NY. Phelps would later serve as mayor of Binghamton. Isaac G. Perry, who later became the chief architect of the State Capital Building in Albany, NY, designed the Phelps mansion. In 1973, the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic American Buildings. In 2005, the mansion opened to the public as a museum.

Roberson Museum

In 1907 Alonzo Roberson Jr., finished construction on his large Italian renaissance revival styled mansion that had taken him three years to build. The home, built along the prestigious Front Street and Riverside Drive area of Binghamton, included an elevator, central heat, combination gas and electric lighting fixtures, and a dumb waiter. At the time of his death, Alonzo willed his home to the city to be used as an educational facility. In 1954 the mansion became the Roberson Memorial Center. Over the next half-century, The Roberson Museum and Science Center has transformed and expended into a regional educational facility.

Devil's Elbow

West of Owego, old Route 17c rises to crest a large hill. For over two hundred years, this road has served as a vital artery of trade and travel. At the top of this hill, there was once a sharp curve in the road – known to locals as the Devil’s Elbow. The Devil’s Elbow has been the site of a number of paranormal tales. From the time of horse drawn carriages to today, travelers along this highway have reported encounters with a phantom hitchhiker in white who seems to wander this section of road for eternity.

Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall, located near Cooperstown, NY, is considered one of the finest examples of a neoclassic country mansion in the United States. George Clarke (1768-1835), a prominent and wealthy landowner, modeled his home after the great estates of England. Construction began in 1817, and it took almost 17 years to complete the sprawling mansion complex. Hyde Hall was home to five generations of the Clark family, however by the the mid-1900s, the mansion and outbuildings had fallen into disrepair. The Friends of Hyde Hall, now Hyde Hall Inc., formed in 1964 to help restore and preserve the house.

June 6, 1944

In 1944, 23-year-old PFC Philip Russell was among the thousands of troops who were part of the D-Day invasion. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, the group of soldiers later known as the ‘Band of Brothers.’ Take a journey with Philip Russell and WSKG’s Crystal Sarakas, and hear his story. Explore the map full-screen! More D-Day Stories from WSKG
Binghamton D-Day veteran remembers his WWII journey
by Crystal Sarakas
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