April 2013


Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Sara Griffen, Acting Chair Greenway Conservancy, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director Greenway, Acting Director National Heritage Area  


In This Issue

What's New?            Upcoming Grant Opportunities       Regional Events 

 Heritage Spotlight             Project Spotlight                Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew

National Heritage Area Funding Authorization Extended

We are pleased to report that the continuing resolution bills passed by both houses of Congress included funding authorization extension for our National Heritage Area program to September 30, 2013. We hope to hear more as this progresses, and although this is positive news, much more work still needs to be done. Many thanks to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for supporting us throughout the Senate debate on the bill and our house delegation for following through with their support as well. 

Spare Seat Tour Receives International Award
Spare Seat Tour on the Hudson River - Photo by Glenn Charles

At the Travel Marketing Awards in London, the New York State Division of Tourism (I Love NY) achieved 'Gold Standard' in the Best PR Strategic Campaign category for their unique Spare Seat Kayak Expedition across New York State. Adventurers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles paddled an amazing 503 miles over 28 days, between Niagara Falls and The Statue of Liberty, and chronicled their adventures. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is proud to have been a major partner in this endeavor to celebrate the heritage, wildlife and iconic locations along this water route across New York State. Read more...


I Love My Park Day
Join Parks & Trails New York, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), local Friends groups and Governor Cuomo in celebrating New York's magnificent state parks and historic sites.  "I Love My Park Day" takes place on May 4th, and is a statewide volunteer effort to help clean up and beautify our state's parks and historical sites. At last year's event, thousands of New Yorkers pitched in to paint, plant, clean, build, and make repairs across the state.  Many state parks were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, so this is the perfect time to help get them ready for the summer season. Sign up here to lend a hand!


Get on the Path Through History  - Register Your Event! 

Online event submission for the 2013 Path Through History Weekends is open!  The Path Through History Weekends - comprised of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of our State - will be held June 1-2 and 8-9. If your organization would like to host an event, please log on and register today!


Sponsor the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble

The 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble will take place September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013. We hope you will participate by hosting or attending an event! Sponsorships for the Hudson River Valley Ramble are now available, and more information can be found here.





Grants  Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants

Applications for the next round of Greenway Community Matching Grants are due May 10 for our June Board Meeting. Read more...


Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards

Provides grant funds for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites. Read more...


Training on the Consolidated Funding Applications

Presented by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and Empire State Development. Get information on the CFA and how to apply. April 18-25 Read more...


Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 
NOAA is currently seeking to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2013-2014 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities. Read more... (April 19)


Every Day Grants

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provides Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Read more... (April 30)


Technical Assistance Grants

The Preservation League of New York State, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce the availability of Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) to provide support for projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources.

Read more... (May 1)


Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grants

Administered by HUD, successful applicants must develop and implement a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategy, or Transformation Plan. Read More...(May 1)

Conservation Treatment Grant Program
Administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in association with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State.  Read more... (June 3)

Fields Pond Foundation 

Provides grants to community-based nature and land conservation organizations that serve to increase environmental awareness by involving local residents in conservation issues in the six New England states and New York State. Priorities include land acquisition for conservation and project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to lands, rivers, and coastlines. Grants range between $2,000 and $15,000. Read more... (Ongoing)  


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs.

Read More... (Ongoing)   


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Technical Assistance Grants for community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community Read More... (Ongoing) 


Enterprise Green Communities to help cover costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)      


EventsRegional Events

April 2013



April 20
Brigade of the American Revolution Encampment at New Windsor Cantonment
Revolutionary War historians, dressed in period clothing, perform military drill and battle demonstrations.

Hudson Valley Hops
Celebrate the history of brewing in the Hudson Valley and sample the finest local craft brews.

April 18-25
Training on the Consolidated Funding Applications

Presented by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and Empire State Development. Get information on the CFA and how to apply.


April 19

Kingston's Buried Treasures at the Senate House Museum

The History of the Ulster County Courthouse-Birthplace of New York State: A talk presented  by Ulster County Commissioner of Jurors Paul O'Neill.  


April 20

4th Annual Kingston Clean Sweep

Volunteers will pick up litter lying along the "Kingston Corridor" from the railroad crossing on Washington Avenue through the uptown business district, down Broadway to the Rondout waterfront.

April 25

Richard Borkow Presents George Washington's Westchester Gamble at Philips Manor Hall

Dobbs Ferry's village historian will present a lecture about his book, which examines how Washington plotted the end of the American Revolution on the Manor of Philipsborough.  

April 26, May 3, May 10
Opening Reception: Thesis Exhibiton for SUNY New Paltz
At the end of each semester, students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree exhibit artwork created as part of their thesis projects in the Dorsky Museum's west wing. 

April 27

Go Green Day 

The Capital Region Recycling Partnership presents a family friendly reduce, re-use and recycle event at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland.  


April 28

The Big Squeeze - An Accordion Summit at the Nyack Library

This year's event presents three Rockland-based ethnic accordion traditions: Traditional Irish, Ukrainian and Mexican Norte´┐Żo.   

April 30

Hidden History 

The Rensselaer County Historical Society offers a tour highlighting Troy's Jewish history, at the beautiful and historic cemetery of Congregation Berith Sholom, a reform synagogue in downtown Troy and the oldest continuously used synagogue in New York State.


25th Annual Rockland County Municipal Planning Federation Dinner

At the NewYork Country Club in New Hempstead. This year's keynote speaker will be Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to the Governor, who will discuss an update of the New NY Bridge.   


May 8

Green Infrastructure Conference at SUNY Orange in Newbugh

Sponsored by Hudson Valley Regional Council, the Orange County Planning Department
and the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance  


May 29

iMapInvasives Training Sessions
An online mapping tool that supports efforts to protect New York State from invasive species. All interested groups, from land managers to the general public, are encouraged to help keep the NYS map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations. Learn about the program and become trained to contribute data by attending a free training session.


 Do you have an heritage event you would like to promote? Go to our website and submit one today!


PTHPath Through History

Path Through History Weekends

Thanks to all of the organizations who have already registered their Path Through History Weekends events!

For those who have not yet had the chance, we want to remind you that online event submission for the 2013 Path Through History Weekends is ready and waiting!

As you know, last year Governor Cuomo unveiled New York's "Path Through History," a statewide roadmap that ties historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. This new effort to highlight our rich heritage aims to not only showcase the state's history and cultural significance but also promote tourism and economic development in communities in every region.

The Path Through History Weekends - comprised of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of our State - will be held June 1-2 and 8-9. If you have an event that also takes place during the week, you will have the option to submit those dates as well.

Log On and Register Today!

Heritage and Project SpotlightProjectspot

Partners for Albany Stories: Assessment of Heritage/Cultural Resources in Planning

Albany Institute of History and Art

In 2011, the Greenway awarded a $9,000 matching grant to the City of Albany to assist in the development and implementation of a citywide interpretive plan. The City worked with Partners for Albany Stories (PAS), a collaboration among twelve historical organizations that is working toward this goal of an interpretive plan. With these funds, the group was able to hire consultants to help them reach their goal: an historian to survey and summarize the community's outlook and values regarding historic resources and a consultant to facilitate the strategic planning and project development meetings.


Through surveying the public and compiling the existing resources, the City will be able to use the information to develop a targeted plan for interpreting their historic resources. Development of an interpretive plan will help promote awareness among residents and visitors about Albany's heritage, and result in greater participation and visitation. Having a coordinated story to tell will help improve the visitor experience at cultural and historic sites throughout the city.  The Greenway is pleased to be able to fund important projects such as this one, that further the goal of protecting and promoting our natural and cultural resources. 

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



Refrigerators and freezers account for about a sixth of all electricity use in a typical American home, and they use more electricity than any other single household appliance. Keeping your refrigerator full, but not to the point of overstuffing, will allow it to run at max capacity.  

Read more:The Daily Green

(All information courtesy of the Daily Green)


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