Our Manresa Staff has been working tirelessly on our upcoming year’s events and programs for you all. I’m here to give you a little inside information from behind the Manresa Intern’s desk. This September (although, I won’t give you the exact date, because that would ruin the surprise), the Manresa Program is going to hold an all-hands-on-deck service project at the Bronx’s very own Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Garden.
Before I let you in on the little secret on what we will be doing there, I’ll tell you about this hidden gem, one that even some people from the area do not know about. Hundreds of years ago, there were around 20-30 mansions located in the Bronx along the Long Island Sound. Today, only one remains. This mansion, which is now both a New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, is known as Bartow-Pell Mansion. The land was bought by Thomas Pell from the Siwanoy Indians in 1654, and was later sold to John Bartow in 1790. The house in which the Bartows lived still remains on the property and is the site of our upcoming service project.
This mansion is an official landmark and a living piece of Bronx history. Ellen Bruzelius (the mansion’s Executive Director) and her team give tours of, and offer service opportunities on, the mansion’s grounds. Last year, the Manresa Program took advantage of one such opportunity. It turned out to be one of our best programs of the year. Get ready, Manresa, because this September, we will participate in an outdoor garden cleanup in the beautiful and lush gardens at the Bartow-Pell Mansion while working alongside some of the inspiring individuals that make it possible. Put on your boots, long pants, and baseball caps, and get ready to make a difference!
Nicole Benevento, FCRH 2017
Manresa Program Student Intern, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016