April 2016

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

Kevin Burke, 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 $27,400 to Hudson Valley Communities
Pictured L-R: Supervisor Robert McKeon, Red Hook; Gretchen Dykstra, Philipstown Depot Theatre; Erin Glennon, City of Albany; Susan Holland, Historic Albany Foundation; Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway; and Kevin Burke, Acting Chair of the Greenway Conservancy.
The Greenway Board awarded a total of $27,400 in matching funds to four communities in March. The awards include $4,900 to the City of Albany for historic district planning; $7,500 to the City of Kingston for cultural resource and neighborhood planning; $5,000 to the Town of Philipstown for the renovation of the historic Philipstown Depot Theatre; and $10,000 to the Village of Red Hook to update the village's Community Preservation Project Plan.

Sponsorships Available for the Hudson River Valley Ramble   
This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble will be held September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25. Find
out how your organization can benefit by becoming a Ramble sponsor here.

National Park Service Director Visits Val-Kill to Honor Eleanor Roosevelt
Surrounded by Students and NPS Staff, Director Jonathan Jarvis Cuts "NPS Centennial" Cake During His Visit to Hyde Park (Photo: Bill Urbin)
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis visited the  Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site , otherwise known as Val-Kill,  in Hyde Park to highlight her legacy during Women's History Month. Val-Kill is the only National Park Service site dedicated to a first lady and became her home once President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed in 1945. View the full story.

More Than 100 Parks and Historic Sites Will Be Hosting Events During I Love My Park Day - May 7th
Volunteers at I Love My Park Day
The fifth annual I Love My Park Day will be held on May 7th. 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. To help celebrate its fifth anniversary, PTNY and NY State Parks will expand the event to public lands in the Adirondacks and Catskills managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as several National Park Service sites.  Find out more or visit Parks and Trails New York to find an event and register.

2016 Path Through History Weekend
Each year, Path Through History Weekend features over 150 cultural and heritage sites throughout the state with history-related programming, tours, and events to celebrate the unique history of New York State.  View the list of events or find out how to register your organization's events .
Heritage Spotlight
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Photo by Andrew Halpern
Staatsburgh State Historic Site is the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is an example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). In the 1890s Mr. & Mrs. Mills commissioned the New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White to remodel their home from a 25-room Greek Revival style home into a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms. The house and 192 acres were donated in 1938 to the State of New York as a memorial to the Mills.

Today the elegant mansion, restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance, is open for tours and the house and grounds offer special events throughout the year.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail Master Plan
Preferred Trail Alignment Map 
The Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail Master Plan process, funded in part by the Hudson River Valley Greenway,  began in early 2014 and evaluates the feasibility of creating a trail linking the Cold Spring and Beacon by  transforming a portion of the Route 9D/Metro-North Hudson Line corridor from a high speed thoroughfare into a multi-use, user-friendly recreational trail corridor.  Find out more about the project and view trail updates .
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM: May 6th,  September 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program website.

National Park Service Accepting Applications for Assistance
Applications are now available for technical assistance in 2017 for your community-led conservation and outdoor recreation project from the National Park Service  Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program Apply by  June 30, 2016 to be considered. View the  application information or  find out more.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will p rovide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites:  

Contracting Opportunities for World Canals Conference 2017
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and its non-profit affiliate Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc., Visit Syracuse, and the New York State Canal Corporation seek creative proposals from a full service marketing and public relations consultant to assist in the promotion and attendance building of the World Canals Conference ("WCC 2017") to be held September 24-28, 2017 in Syracuse, NY and the Central New York region. The deadline for proposals is  April 22, 2016  at 12pm. More...
April 1-May 30
The Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center will host an art project, in partnership with the "Dream Rocket Project" launched in 2009, to collect thousands of artworks from various regions of the world. Submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica and placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States. More...

April 13
Wilderstein will host an educational program "Louis Howe - The President Maker" as part of their Spring Seminar Series The Roosevelt Circle: A Closer Perspective led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. Tea and light refreshments will be served. More... 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is presenting a series of Floodplain Management (FPM) Trainings across the state in 2016. Westchester and Putnam Counties' training will be co-hosted by the Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District, and held at the Westchester County Center. More...

April 14
Dr. Thomas Oller, lecturer at Boston University, presents evening lecture
Hamilton and Jefferson: Competing Visions for America at Fort Montgomery Historic Site  which will explore the different philosophies of these two Founding Fathers and their visions for the United States. More...

Join the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for their Comprehensive Plans with Sustainability Elements Webinar. The webinar will explore how sustainability elements, including both greenhouse gas emission reductions and community resilience, can be incorporated into a new or updated comprehensive plan, or as a sustainability amendment to an existing plan.  More...

April 16
Join Teaching the Hudson Valley for workshop "A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." The  workshop will explore efforts to rebuild the world community after World War II and the Holocaust with focus on Eleanor Roosevelt's role in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More...

Celebrate National Park Week with the 2016 Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout kick-off. A guided, 3-mile group will take a shuttle from Vanderbilt to the starting point at the FDR site. For those preferring a longer walk, a guided 6-mile group will start from Vanderbilt and hike to FDR and back. More...

Wilderstein Historic Site will host their annual Daffodil Tea.  Also included is a tour of the Wilderstein mansion and the opportunity to stroll the estate as the landscape comes back to life. More...

April 17-19
Museum Association of New York will hold their their Annual Conference in the Adirondack High Peaks. Sessions and events will be held at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the Conference Center in Lake Placid. More...

April 20
Join Wilderstein for their education program " Eleanor Roosevelt - Humanitarian & Pioneer of Civil Rightsas part of their Spring Seminar Series  led by local historians  Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. Tea and light refreshments will be served. More...

April 21
Join Hudson River Valley Institute for  the 2016 Cunneen-Hackett Lecture in Hudson River Valley History featuring  Colonel James Scott Wheeler, USA (Ret.) Ph.D. In his talk, "General Jacob Devers, from the Hudson to the Rhine," Colonel Wheeler will explore the many contributions of General Jacob Devers, during his time at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and as an underappreciated army group commander in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. More...

April 25
Join Rockland Municipal Planning Federation for Session 1 of the Certification Course. The program provides educational opportunities to planning and zoning board of appeals members. Each board of appeals member is required to attend each course once to become certified. More...

April 27
Wilderstein will finish their their Spring Seminar Series led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck with educational program "He Rose From His Wheelchair To Lift The Nation From Its Knees." Tea and light refreshments will be served. More... 

May 1
Thomas Cole National Historic Site will celebrate the official opening of the New Studio and 2016 exhibition, Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect. More...

May 5
Join  Rockland Municipal Planning Federation for Session 2 of the Certification Course. The program provides educational opportunities to planning and zoning board of appeals members. Each board of appeals member is required to attend each course once to become certified. More...

May 8
Trail volunteers are needed at Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site. Using hand tools, participants will move earth and rocks to remediate and raise the tread above waterlogged patches. Training, safety equipment and tools will be provided. More...
May 10
Join Rockland Municipal Planning Federation for their third and final session of the Certification Course. The program provides educational opportunities to planning and zoning board of appeals members. Each board of appeals member is required to attend each course once to become certified. More...

May 30
Join Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in the Rose Garden for a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Wreath laying by community organizations, guest speaker. More...

June 4
Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking (or running) the Hyde Park Trail. Join National Park Service on a 9-mile End-2-End trek from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt, via Val-Kill, the FDR Site and Riverfront Park. More...

Kick off the summer season at Val-Kill with a Val-Kill Picnic and Square Dance. The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership and the National Park Service will bring delicious food, drinks, local beer, music and fun to the Annual Val-Kill Picnic & Square Dance! More...

June 5
Join Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site for the 10th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture by Paula Deitz, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated and author of the acclaimed book Of Gardens. Included in the lecture will be a collection of her writings on gardens from around the world, and their intellectual, historical, and aesthetic significance. More...

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:

Thomas Cole National Historic Site - Catskill
Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect is an upcoming exhibition focusing on Cole's architectural interests through architectural elements in his paintings and drawings as well as in both his realized and visionary projects, expanding our understanding of the breadth of his talents and interests. More...

Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany

Dia: Beacon - Beacon
Current exhibitions include Excursus: Homage to the Square. Upcoming exhibitions include Occasions (opening in June). More...
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Poughkeepsie
Current exhibitions include American Stories 1800-1950. Upcoming exhibitions include Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy (opening April 29th) and Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project (opening May 26th). More...

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Hyde Park
New Deal to a New Generation is a new permanent exhibit that tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II. More...
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers
Current exhibitions include Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal and Thomas Doyle: If the creek don't rise. Upcoming exhibitions include Juan Bernal: Pure and Simple (opening May 14th) and Jimmy Kuehnle: Tongue in Cheek (opening June 4th). 
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill
Current exhibitions include WORD. More...
Katonah Museum of Art - Katonah
Current exhibitions include The Nest, an Exhibition of Art in Nature. More... 

Neuberger Museum of Art - Purchase

Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Ted Spiegel Exhibit at Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd
The 46th Annual Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2016. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides links to find nearby events, project toolkits, and more. This year's theme is food recovery. Find out how to reduce food loss and waste.

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