Posted by: Kirsten | Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Just an O.K. Birthday Celebration for Martin Van Buren

Celebrate the holiday season and the American president whose nickname — “Old Kinderhook” — spawned the internationally recognized term “okay” or “ok” long before Oklahoma was a state or a Rogers & Hammerstein musical… ok?

From the NPS website:

Martin Van Buren NHS Birthday Celebration (New York)Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will hold its annual Winter Celebration of Van Buren’s birthday, in coordination with the Village of Kinderhook’s “Candlelight Night,” on the evening of December 7, 2007. Van Buren’s Lindenwald will be aglow with faux candlelight and decorations by the Kinderhook Garden Club.  NPS Contact: Joanne Blacoe, (215)597-0865

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And from the Village of Kinderhook official website (

On December 5, 2007 at 1:00PM, the Friends of Lindenwald will sponsor the Martin Van Buren Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Village. This annual event honors President Van Buren on his birthday and includes presentation of a wreath from the President of the United States. Location to be determined.

On the evening of December 7th, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Village businesses will begin the holiday sparkle with the annual Candlelight Night. Local businesses will open their doors to receive guests and visitors of all ages. Santa, wagon rides, music, lights and food will fill the evening.

At the Village Hall….Mayor VanAlstyne and Glenn Smith, our building inspector, have again volunteered to judge the cookie contest. Please consider baking a dozen of your favorite cookies and entering them in this delicious contest. Come enjoy great refreshments and receive a glow stick for each child.


  1. martin van buren was a very cool person i am doing a power point presentaion on him and it is so cool because his birthday is on december 5 and so is mines and his career was to be a lawyer and so is mine i just wish i could of had met him he is my idle and i always wanted to live in new york and thats where he used to live it is so cool to do a presentation on him i just wish i could meet him.

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