April 2015

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?New

Greenway Awards $27,500 to Hudson Valley Communities

Pictured above from left to right: Dale Leiser, Deputy Mayor; Richard Phillips and Brian Murphy, Trustees; Jim Dunham; Mark  Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway; and Mark Browne, Planning Board Member. Not Pictured: Renee Shur, Kinderhook Development Director; and Nan Stolzenburg, Community Planning and Environmental Associates.

The Greenway Board awarded a total of $27,500 in matching funds to three communities in March. The board awarded $10,000 to the Town of Clinton for a revision of its zoning laws, $10,000 to the Village of Cold Spring for a village code update, and $7,500 to the City of Newburgh for a plan to revitalize neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into community green spaces.


The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program offers funding to support community planning and urban revitalization according to the Greenway principles and is awarded quarterly. The 2015 deadlines are May 8, September 11, & December 4.


Sponsorships Available for the Hudson River Valley Ramble   

This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble will be held September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27. Find out how your organization can benefit by becoming a Ramble sponsor. Sponsorship information is available here .


2015 I Love My Park Day

The fourth annual I Love My Park Day will be held on May 2nd. I Love My Park Day is a statewide event organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. In 2014, I Love My Park Day attracted more than 6,000 volunteers who helped out with dozens of cleaning and improvement projects throughout New York State's park system. Nearly 90 state parks and historic sites are hosting events this year so there are plenty of opportunities to pitch in in 2015! Online registration is now open for volunteers. Visit the I Love My Park Day website to find an event near you and register to be a part of this fun day! 


Event Registration Now Open for Path Through History Weekends 2015

This year's Path Through History Weekend will feature cultural and heritage sites throughout the state with history-related programming, tours, and events - often with free or reduced admission - to celebrate the unique history of New York State. The 2014 Path Through History Weekends were incredibly successful, with 296 organizations hosting 383 events - held in 55 of New York State's 62 counties - representing a 43% increase from 2013. Event registration is available here.


150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Assassination 

This month is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Various commemorations will take place along his funeral train route from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. 




Heritage Spotlight HeritageSpot
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
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This  New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation video explains artillery drills at New Windsor Cantonment.
April 19th marks the anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the American Revolution in 1783. This declaration was made by General George Washington from New Windsor Cantonment, the site of the final Continental Army encampment of the war. Some 7,500 American soldiers spent the preceding winter here keeping a watchful eye on nearby New York City, which was occupied by the British and still harbored strong loyalist sentiment. Despite the lull in fighting, camp life at New Windsor was not without crisis: Washington calmed a potential uprising by his army over back pay from Congress, before furloughing his victorious troops home for good in the spring of 1783.  


New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is dedicated to portraying the day-to-day life of this last Revolutionary encampment. Costumed reenactors demonstrate camp life and military drills, and special events are held on Memorial Day and Independence Day, often in cooperation with the nearby Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site. For more on New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, please visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com

Project Spotlight Projectspot

City of Albany Historic Structure Inventory

Albany's oldest building (partially dating to 1720) at 36 South Pearl Street, as determined by the Historic Albany Foundation inventory.

The Historic Albany Foundation and the City of Albany recently completed an 18-month Historic Structure Inventory of the City of Albany. This survey reviewed 1,023 buildings, and assessed the age of some of Albany's oldest buildings. These include the Van Ostrande-Radliff House at 48 Hudson Avenue (built in 1728) and 36 South Pearl Street, which includes a wall dating to 1720. The inventory will inform future planning decisions, encourage neighborhood redevelopment and investment, and encourage the awareness and protection of historically significant architecture in Albany. 


The Historic Albany Foundation Historic Structure Inventory was funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway, with additional funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Preservation League of New York State. For more information on this project, please visit the Historic Albany Foundation.

Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Hudson River Valley  Greenway Grants Program

Financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated "Greenway Communities" or "Greenway Compact Communities" within the Greenway Area. Projects funded under this program include those that relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, and open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM: May 8, 2015; September 11, and December 4, 2015. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program webpage.

New York Office of Historic Preservation Funding Available
Governor Cuomo recently announced the availability of $4.9 million in grants for repairs and assistance to historic and archaeological resources affected by Hurricane Sandy. Funds are available to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and state agencies in a number of downstate counties. More information...

The grants program of the Museum Association of New York is undergoing significant changes, but funding is still available through various programs in 2015. For an update, please see the MANY grants and awards page.

Preservation League of New York: Preserve NY and TAG Programs

The Preservation League of New York invests in the rehabilitation of historic places, , and protects properties at the local, state, and national level through landmark designations. The League will award over $150,000 in Preserve NY grants and TAG (Technical Assistance Grants) in 2015. The deadline for the spring round of these grants is April 13, 2015. For more information, please visit the Preservation League of NY grants webpage.

National Parks Service 2015 Battlefield Planning Grants
The National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Grant Program is now accepting proposals for 2015. Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for funding to support archaeology, cultural landscape inventories, cultural resource documentation, GIS mapping, National Register nominations, and preservation plans. For more information, please visit the program website.


Rolling Acceptance of Grant Applications:

Federal Grant Opportunities (courtesy of Congressman Paul Tonko)
A comprehensive and updated list of federal grant opportunities is available at the website of New York Congressman Paul Tonko. 

Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (Ongoing)
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite municipalities and nonprofit conservation organizations to apply for Farmland Protection funding. Prequalification for all not-for-profits is required; all municipalities interested must register on the State's new Grants Gateway website. For more information, please visit the program webpage.

New York State Conference of Mayors Grant & Award Opportunities (Ongoing) 
New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials provide access to several ongoing grant and award opportunities. NYSCOM shares several links to federal, state, private foundation, and corporate grant and award programs.

Regional Events

April 11

Sugaring Off: 18th Century Style at Senate House State Historic Site - Kingston

The staff of the Senate House celebrates the sweetest harbinger of spring with maples sap boiling, candy making, open-fire cornbread and waffle baking, and making over an open fire, hewing sap troughs from logs, and making sap buckets and spiles, along with 18th century camp life demonstrations and music. More...


Lecture Series: Dr. Philip Zimmerman at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site - Albany

Presentation by an American furniture expert and museum consultant Dr. Philip Zimmerman. More...


Exhibit Opening - "Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Forgotten Founding Father" at Clermont SHS - Germantown

Join Clermont for the opening of a special artifact exhibit heralding our own Founding Father Chancellor Robert R. Livingston. Inspired by the recent discovery of a Revolutionary War document in the Chancellor's own handwriting, this exhibit celebrates the Chancellor's considerable contributions to the development of the new nation. More...


Astronomy Walk with Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association at Olana State Historic Site

This presentation by the Mid-Hudson Astronomy Association will explore the wonderful nighttime sky of Olana. More...


April 12

Nature Journals for Children at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson

Children will make their own nature journals and after that, take a walk to look for leaves and other forest items to include in their books. More...


Meet 'n' Greet at Sterling Forest State Park Preserve - Tuxedo Park

Come to the Friends of Sterling Forest monthly meeting, make new friends, and find out what you can do to protect and preserve the park. More...


Lecture and Hike: Introduction to Hiking at Sterling Forest State Park Preserve - Tuxedo Park

This two-part course is intended for beginning hikers and offers all the information you need to know about maps, trails, equipment, etc. The second part will be offered on April 19. More...


April 14

Tuesday Trek: Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson

This modestly challenging hike covers a variety of terrain and is geared to those who are home during the week. More...


April 16

Homeschoolers: Amphibian Search at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson

Come learn about the amazing amphibians that live at Minnewaska, with games, crafts, and a hike in search of frogs and salamanders. More...


"The Unknown Palisades": Thursday Lecture Series at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site - Fort Montgomery

Historical interpreter Eric Nelson brings the story of the Palisades to life through images and narrative, describing the near-destruction of these ancient cliffs and ongoing protection efforts. More...

April 17

April Star Party with Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association at Lake Taghkanic State Park - Ancram

Monthly stargazing event for the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. More...


April 18

Canal Clean Sweep at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - Fort Hunter

Join local Boy Scouts and GE Employees in this annual spring cleanup. All along the canal corridor, volunteers will spruce up the grounds, landscapes, parks and the canalway to get ready for the great season ahead. Schoharie Crossing will be providing lunch for participating volunteers. More...


The Chancellor's Sheep and Wool Showcase at Clermont State Historic Site - Germantown

This day includes shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting, and weaving demonstrations, exhibitions of various breeds of sheep, wool artisans and shops, music, and food. More...


April 19

"Salamanders" Presentation at Hubbard Lodge at Fahnestock State Park - Carmel

Learn all about these local but seldom seen creatures and then take a guide walk in search of these springtime residents at this event hosted by the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. More...


Jenny Lane Loop Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve - Kerhonkson

This hike cover the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail. More...


April 22

Historic Albany Foundation Walking Tour: Lustrons - Albany

Lustron houses were used to provide inexpensive housing for veterans returning home from World War II. Walk along this row of prefabricated homes and learn about their unique history and construction. Space is limited and reservations are required. More...


"Power on the Hudson": Special Lecture at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site - Fort Montgomery

Author Robert D. Lifset will discuss the Hudson River's role in shaping the American environmental movement, specifically the landmark Storm King Mountain case. More...


April 23

Teaching the Hudson Valley Walking Tour of the New Croton Dam (also April 25) - Croton-on-Hudson

Museum educator Laura Compagni Sabella will lead this tour of one of the Hudson Valley's greatest engineering feats, with a particular focus on the immigrant labor that constructed it. More...


"How Cartoonists Responded to 9/11", a Golden Anniversary Lecture by Kent Worcester at the Historical Society of Rockland County - New City

This presentation by Marymount Manhattan College political science professor Kent Worcester uses images to survey the ways cartoonists responded to one of the defining events of the early twenty-first century, while discussing political art and the responsibility of artists in an era of catastrophic political violence. Reservations are required. More...


April 25

Historic Albany Foundation Walking Tour of Washington Park - Albany

Join the Audubon Society of the Capital Region and the Washington Park Conservancy for a special "Birding and History Walk" of Washington Park. Local birder Tristan Lowery will help the group track down birds in Albany's premier urban park, while Dr. John Pipkin of the Washington Park Conservancy will explain the history and architecture of the park and surrounding neighborhood. Reservations required. More...


Earth Day 2015 at Bear Mountain State Park - 

Join staff and volunteers from Trailside Museums & Zoo for the annual Earth Day celebration. This year there will be a number of family-friendly activities with an Earth-friendly focus. More...


Lecture Series: Professor J. Ritchie Garrison at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site - Albany

Presentation about 18th-century papier m?ch? ceilings by Professor J. Ritchie Garrison, director of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture of the University of Delaware. More...


April 26

Spring Concert: The Musicians of Ma'alwyck at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site - Albany

The Musicians of Ma'alwyck will present "Sing All Ye Muses: English Theatre Music & More", a program celebrating Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the pleasure gardens of 17th and 18th-century England with the music of Purcell, Handel, and William Shield. More...


Walk through History in Nyack - Nyack

Friends of the Nyacks and the Historical Society of the Nyacks host a guided walking tour of Nyack that traces its growth from a small river village to the Gilded Age "Gem of the Hudson." Reservations are required. More...


Hike Through Sandyfield at Harriman State Park - Bear Mountain

This hike through the former hamlet of Sandyfield will teach participants about the local history of Harriman State Park. More...


Hike: Reading the Woods at Sterling Forest State Park Preserve - Tuxedo Park

Learn to decipher the landscape of forests and trails and read the signs of nature on this educational hike. More...


Sunday Stroll to Scenic Lake Awosting 

The final destination of this scenic ten-mile hike is the remote, pristine, and crystal clear sky Lake Awosting. More...


April 28

Friends Talk & Meeting at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - Fort Hunter

Bald Eagles are back after a decades-long decline! The Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and award-winning environmental educator George Steele will present "Bringing Back the Bald Eagle", a talk that investigates the disappearance of these birds and their remarkable comeback. More...


Wildlflower Walk at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - Fort Hunter

Come experience a guided wildflower tour of the towpath trail as the brilliant colors of spring emerge. A slideshow presentation and discussion will follow. More...


Tuesday Trek: Hamilton Point to Rainbow Falls at Minnewaska State Park Preserve

This fulfilling, day-long hike offers breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, Lake Awosting, the Catskills, and more. More... 


April 30

"Regionalism vs. Localism: Are there Costs to using Local Control?" at the Seligmann Center - Sugar Loaf

This evening of discussion and debate is hosted by the Orange County Citizens Foundation. More...

Sundays in April and May
Spa City Farmers' Market
A year-round Farmers' Market held every Sunday in Saratoga Springs. More...

Summer 2015
American Planning Association Northeast Planning Conference Getting Ahead of the Future - Saratoga Springs
The American Planning Association is holding its 2015 Northeast regional planning conference on June 24th through 26th in Saratoga Springs. Registration opens in mid-April. For more details and registration, please visit the conference website.


Ongoing Events:

Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz

Seven contemporary artists create vibrant new art that draws from Western abstraction and other aesthetic traditions more accepting of ornament. Through April 12, 2015. More...

Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation at the Morgan Library & Museum - New York

This exhibition focuses on Abraham Lincoln's mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history. It explores Lincoln as a writer and public speaker whose eloquence shaped the nation and the world, in his time and in ours. More...

The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries at the New York State Museum - Albany
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, presents this major exhibition detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. On view from November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2016. More...


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Earth Day 2015

The 45th annual Earth Day will be celebrated this month, on April 22, 2015. The first Earth Day, a day dedicated to world peace and environmental protection, was held in 1970 and is now recognized in nearly 200 countries around the planet. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has an "Earth Day" page on its website with Earth Day history, events, activities, project resources, and ideas for celebrating Earth Day everyday.

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