Friends of Lindenwald

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You are invited to join the Friends of Lindenwald and participate in our commemoration of a dramatic era in American democracy.

Lindenwald, located in historic Kinderhook, New York, is the farm/estate of President Martin Van Buren. Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States and the first U.S. citizen to become President.  Local lore suggests that the expression "OK" was used by Van Buren and stood for Old Kinderhook.

Van Buren, who in addition to his term as President, served his native New York State and the country in many capacities -- governor, senator, U.S. Secretary of State, Vice President --  acquired Lindenwald in 1839.  Lindenwald is a unit of the U.S. National Park System, operated by the National Park Service.

The Friends of Lindenwald are a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance the preservation of Lindenwald and the artifacts associated with President Van Buren.  The Friends also further the study and appreciation of Van Buren's role in American history.  The organization sponsors a variety of member programs -- public lecture, school programs, artifact conservation, luncheons, receptions, picnics and concerts -- and participates in planning and development of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.

The Park is open to the public with regularly scheduled hours from late-May through October 31
For further information, call the Park at 518-758-9689
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road
Kinderhook, NY 12016 
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Become a Member or Join Our Mailing List

As a member you will:

  • Enjoy free admission privileges to Lindenwald
  • Receive articles of historic interest and other information about the National Park
  • Be notified about Friends' programs and other Park activities
  • Be kept informed about the most recent publications and research about President Van Buren and his times
  • Have your questions about the Park and the President answered by Park historians and curators.

Fill out the information form below and send it to:

Friends of Lindenwald * PO Box 64 * Kinderhook * NY * 12106 *


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Membership Levels

__ $500 Chief of Staff

__ $300 President's Cabinet

__ $200  Presidential Advisor

__ $100  Ambassador

__ $ 40 Family

__ $ 30 Senior Couple

__ $ 25 Individual

__ $ 20 Senior Citizen/Student