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New York’s artists, writers, musicians and dancers have helped shape our nation’s cultural heritage.  The Empire State is the birthplace of trailblazers like Lucille Ball, national icons like Walt Whitman and artistic pioneers like Thomas Cole.  Others, like Louis Armstrong and Mark Twain, moved to New York in order to explore their craft and share their talents with the world.  The Story of Arts and Culture in New York is really an American story, it’s the melding and merging of different styles and cultural influences to form something new.
 
As you explore the Arts and Culture path in New York you will have an opportunity to discover artistic giants at the Thomas Cole Historic Site and Frederic Church’s home in Olana. These two individuals helped found the influential style that became known as the Hudson River School.
 
Washington Irving created the iconic American literary figures Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen while living in Sunnyside, New York.  Walt Whitman’s Birthplace on Long Island allows visitors to experience his early life and understand some of the influences that would shape one of America’s greatest poets.
 
Almost since the inception of radio and television, New York has played a central role in their development.  Visitors can learn more about one of the first women in those fields at the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown.
 
As well as being the home of some of the nation’s most influential cultural leaders, New York is also the place where some of our country’s most important cultural events took place.  At the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the highlight of the 1960’s countercultural movement – the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival- is remembered and interepreted for a new generation.
 
Path Through History’s Arts and Culture has all this and more to offer visitors.  Search our list of sites now in order to plan your trip.
 
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