Common Ground: Americans and their Land During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era




New York, NY and Raquette Lake, NY (Adirondacks)


July 11-23, 2022


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




"Common Ground" is a place-based summer institute exploring the Gilded Age and Progressive Era relationships between two connected but dramatically different landscapes: New York City and the Adirondacks. Participants spend a week in each, engaging with visiting scholars, exploring museums and historic sites (Central Park, Museum at Eldridge Street and the Henry Street Settlement House in NYC and the Adirondack Experience museum, and Great Camps Huntington, Sagamore, and Uncas in the central Adirondacks) while practicing the skills of "reading the landscape" to understand the intertwined history of each region during this transformative period in US history.

Project Director(s)

Kevin Sheets; Randi Storch

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Hasia Diner; Jennifer Donnelly; Rebecca Edwards; Scott Manning Stevens; Marcy Sacks; Robert Snyder; Keith Revell; Philip Terrie

Grantee Institution

SUNY Cortland

Funded through the Division of Education Programs