Van Cortlandt House Museum Education Program

An Historic Study of Local Communities:  How social/cultural factors, as illustrated by the Van Cortlandt family, helped shape New York City

A Document Based Question:

The following question is based on the accompanying documents (1-4):  Some of these have been edited for the purpose of this task.  This question is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents.  As you analyze the documents, take into account both the source of the document and the author’s point of view.

Van Cortlandt Curriculum DBQ (Document Based Questions)
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Van Cortlandt House Curriculum Standards
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New York, N.Y., 10021
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Van Cortlandt House Museum

The Van Cortlandt House Museum, is the oldest building in The Bronx, New York City.
Van Cortland House


We offer an authentic experience based on colonial daily life in New Amsterdam through our interactive field trip program which ties in with the New York City Department of Education Social Studies standards.

virtutes majorum filiae conservant

(women are the keepers of the past)