Girl Scouts Programs

Come explore local history at the Putnam History Museum, located at  63 Chestnut Street in the Village of Cold Spring. Girl Scout programs are offered by appointment on weekday afternoons and weekends. Choose a program from the list below, or work with our educator to design a series of Heritage Patch programs. Programs run about one hour, and cost $5 per child. Adult chaperones are free. Call Rachel Ornstein at 845-265-4010, ext. 10, for more information or email

19th century Schoolroom: Explore what life was like for schoolchildren over one hundred years ago. We will use quill pens, slate chalkboards, and get active with a traditional parlor game.

18th and 19th century Cold Spring: Exploration through Maps: Learn about life and commerce in Cold Spring by exploring maps from our archives dating back to the 18th century. This is a two-day program includes a walking tour of lower Main Street to compare current village life with life in previous centuries.

Village Walking Tour: Curious about the history of the streets and buildings we see every day? Scouts will learn about the origins of six historic locations in Cold Spring, including the home of Emily Warren Roebling, a prominent woman in Cold Spring’s history.

Scrapbooking, Then and Now: View scrapbooks from early settlers of Putnam County, then start your own scrapbook (or make a history page for an existing scrapbook) using supplies provided by the museum.