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"And if it’s true we are alone, we are alone together"


Inspired by Wahtola Trommer's poem "Belonging," is a curated concert exploring the complexities of loneliness and belonging. Finding the community where you belong allows you to love your full, true self. Belonging is compassionately sharing the human experience with others. Belonging begets a fully realized acceptance of one’s self. 

Featuring music by
Gilda Lyons, Joseph N. Rubinstein, Lori Laitman, Steven Mark Kohn, Ricky Ian Gordon, Michael Djupstrom, Pauline Oliveros and more.

The performers will guide the audience through a musical journey from isolation to connection, exploring how a community forged from mutual love and acceptance can teach us all how to find a sense of home.

The five performers, all members of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, have partnered with the National Park Service in the hopes of bringing together people from different communities, including the local community in Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as the community of students and educators at Bard. This recital, staged in a non-traditional setting, strives to create a space where the audience feels welcome and is invited to explore their own sense of belonging. The program even includes a piece that asks for audience participation. The recital will also include the rare opportunity of featuring Eleanor Roosevelt’s original 1936 Steinway baby grand piano. Eleanor Roosevelt herself experienced times of loneliness and belonging throughout her life, but ultimately she is remembered as a woman who dedicated her life to community, belonging, and inclusion.



Read more about the Center's accessibility here!

The National Park Service is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to benefit from our facilities, programs, services, and activities whether they are indoors or outdoors. The definition of whether or not a place is “accessible” varies widely from one person to another. To better navigate individual differences, many people with disabilities, their families, and friends, find planning ahead to visit a national park to be critically important. Our hope is to help provide useful information to help guide your experience within our park.


The National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, New York are situated on the homeland of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe. Despite the forced removal from the land that shaped their culture and way of life, these living nations maintain a connection to this land and its resources.  


We commit to gather with respect to understand our shared responsibility as stewards of this land. In partnership with Authorized Tribal Representatives from Tribal Nations, we work together to build a more inclusive and equitable space for all.  


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

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