February 2020
Barnabas McHenry, Chairman Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Kevin M. Burke, Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley,
Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Executive Director Greenway,
Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Visit the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit
From January 11 to February 23, 2020, the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston is hosting “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums on Main Street program.
“Water/Ways” explores the ways in which water affects our everyday lives. From its influence on settlement patterns and religious beliefs to our modern reliance on access to abundant, clean, inexpensive drinking water, water often plays a hidden role in our society. “Water/Ways” asks us to make connections between ourselves, our local waters, and each other. With the role of the Hudson River and its tributaries at the heart of our mission, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will host a series of events and programs which take the themes of “Water/Ways” and invite you to explore them in a local context.  Find out more .
RESCHEDULED: Sharing Women’s History in the Hudson River Valley
2020 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) is full of sites where amazing women made history, on the way to this momentous date and after its passage. Women have helped shape the Hudson Valley, making strides that echoed throughout the nation and throughout history.

If your site will be holding an event that celebrates the women of the Hudson Valley this year, we invite you to contribute to our calendar of events marking this anniversary. We have also created a page on Women’s Rights in the Hudson Valley to help guide our visitors to sites and events of interest. Visit this page to listen to stories about four famous Hudson Valley Women.

Also, in celebration of the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service (NPS) and HRVNHA, will be co-hosting a  Sharing Women’s History in the Hudson River Valley  at the Henry Wallace Center in the FDR Library in Hyde Park, which has been rescheduled for March 17, 2020 . This will be an opportunity for partners to,

  • Convene local partners within and adjacent to the HRVNHA to share commemoration plans and facilitate collaboration.
  • Create a richer narrative of suffrage history within the region by weaving together sites that represent different parts of the story.
  • Share National Park Service resources and projects available for partner use.

To RSVP, contact Rebecca Flemer at rebecca_flemer@partner.nps.gov or call (267) 670-1338.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Grants $30,000 to GHHN for 2020 Workshop and Poster Series
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is providing the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) with $30,000 for the  Make It Work: DIY Collection Storage Solutions Workshop Series . This training series allows participants to extend the life of collections by putting skills learned in workshops into practice. The three workshops are as follows:

  • Care and Storage of Collections (Spring 2020): This workshop will focus on the care, handling, and storage of collections highlighting best practices and low-cost/low-tech solutions to make the most out of existing spaces.
  • Archival Rehousing Workshop (Summer 2020): This full-day workshop will cover protective enclosures for library and archival materials in the morning and exhibit cradles and mounts for the same in the afternoon.
  • Textile Rehousing Workshop (Fall 2020): This full-day workshop will aid museum staff and volunteers by teaching how to select collection construction materials and simple, low-tech solutions that can be used for a wide range of artifact types.

Additionally, three informational posters will be produced as a visual tool to reinforce the skills learned in workshops. The posters will display the learning objectives from the workshops: Care and Storage of Collections; Archival Rehousing; and Textile Care and Rehousing. Learn more .
2020 Path Through History Weekends
On the weekend of  June 20-21, 2020 , New York will celebrate its first Path Through History Weekend of 2020. Events will take place throughout New York State. In 2012, Governor Cuomo unveiled the statewide " Path Through History ," initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. This 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 across the state. More details .
Upcoming Events

Meet the Animals, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
February 2: The Wildlife Education Center is the home of many animals that can be found in our local woods, fields, ponds and rivers including, rabbits, turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes and fish. Find out more .

 Kid’s Recess, Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort, NY
February 3: Let's get kids outside! This event is for all aged kids. We will go for a walk around the lake, starting at the nature center. Learn more .

Jean’s Jaunt, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, NY
February 5: Join Jean for a jaunty walk through the Preserve! More details .

Thematic Tour: Slavery & Abolition, John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah, NY
February 6: The story of the Jay family, their slaves, and the way the generations of the Jays acted in response to slavery is complex. Glimpses of the past these stories give are enlightening, and in many cases, surprising. Read more.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Irvington Theater, Irvington, NY
February 7: Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a delightfully loony ensemble of actors stage Charles Dickens' unfinished novel. More info .

Full Moon Campfire, Albert Family Community Forest, East Nassau, NY
February 8: An almost-full moon mid-winter walk and after, a campfire, at one of Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s beautiful community forests. Find out more .

Frozen at Sheldrake, Sheldrake Environmental Center, Larchmont, NY
February 8: Calling all fans of Anna, Elsa, Sven, and Olaf! Remember the scene in Frozen that shows ice being harvested? Join us for Frozen-themed fun this February, as we learn about ice harvesting and visit the old horse stalls. Learn more .

Traditional Spoon Carving Workshop, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery, NY
February 8: Traditional skills expert Barry Keegan will teach a coal-burned wooden spoon carving workshop. As a tribute to the area's rich spoon and ladle carving heritage, the implements will approximate treenware popular among both the Natives and the early settlers in the region. Read more .

Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series: Famous Love Stories of the Gilded Age, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh, NY
February 9: Enjoy tea and refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to talks about different aspects of Gilded Age history. Find out more .

"What's in my Garden?" Gardening Seminar, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY
February 12: Don't miss the third installment of this FREE gardening seminar series organized by Master Gardener and former Albany City Gardener Judy Stacey. More info .

Volunteer Training for Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings Project, Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY
February 13: You can help by participating in the Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings (AM&RC) Project. AM&RC volunteers document the annual migrations and assist amphibians safely across roads. Learn more .

The Flurry, Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
February 14-16: The Flurry is the best winter weekend for dancers and music lovers of all ages! Dances, workshops, singing, concerts, jamming performances, family events, storytelling, vendors, beginner, intermediate and experienced level workshops and dances. More details .

Rock and Fossil Fun Fair, NYS Museum, Albany, NY
February 15: Mine for minerals, forage for fossils, experiment with a river replica, and more. More info .

Owl Love, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
February 15: Join an environmental educator to learn about some of our local owls, their amazing adaptations, and how to be respectful during their winter breeding season.  Learn more .

 Flag Changing Ceremony, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland, NY
February 16: The American Legion Post 739 organize and present monthly Flag Changing Ceremonies on the Walkway to honor our region's veterans and their service to our country. Read more .

Washington’s Birthday Celebration, New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, New Windsor, NY
February 17: See musket firings, military medicine and other army activities each day. Following the demonstrations children enlist in the Continental Army, drill with wooden muskets and get paid for their service in paper notes. Find out more .

Who’s Been Here? Critter Clues, Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY
February 19: Ever wonder where all the wild animals are in winter? Most of our local critters are active year-round. You may not see them, but if you observe closely enough, you can find the signs they've left behind. More info .

Volunteer Training for Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings Project, Columbia Land Conservancy, Craryville, NY
February 20: You can help by participating in the Amphibian Migrations & Road Crossings (AM&RC) Project. AM&RC volunteers document the annual migrations and assist amphibians safely across roads. More details .

Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association Monthly Star Party, Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram, NY
February 21: The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association hosts a monthly stargazing party in the West Beach parking lot. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. Learn more .

Snowshoeing, Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
February 22: This will be a serious 5-6 mile winter outing for the fit and motivated, with steep, rocky, uneven terrain, and icy, wet and muddy conditions likely encountered. Read more .

High Bridge Tour, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, Dobbs Ferry, NY
February 22: Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC's water system. More details .

Sunday Salon With Dr. Hutchinson, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY
February 23: Elizabeth W. Hitchinson, Associate Professor of American Art History, Barnard College and Columbia University, will discuss the complex meaning of native Americans in Thomas Cole's art. Find out more .

Capital Area Archivist Unconference, University at Albany, Albany, NY
February 24: An unconference is an open, low-barrier meeting where archivists from the capital area (and beyond) of all skill levels come together to share and learn. Learn more .

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh, NY
February 26: Join history enthusiast Charles Ford for a lecture on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. More info .

Teatown Lake Reservation Guided Hike, Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY
February 28: Go for a 4-5 mile loop hike around scenic Teatown Lake and surrounding trails. Learn more .

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, NY
February 28: M&M Performing Arts Company brings a comedic, chaotic and crazy rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Lyndhurst Mansion. More details .

Yoga and Meditation Class, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Yonkers, NY
February 29: Simple chair yoga and meditation practices can help us release stress, relax, feel healthier and calmer. Read more .
Heritage Spotlight: Katonah Museum of Art
The Katonah Museum of Art, housed in an elegant building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, presents exhibitions in a variety of media that span all cultures, artistic styles, and historical eras. Recent temporary exhibitions in the museum’s intimate galleries include Buddhist art, 18th and 19th century British campaign furniture, and American folk art as well as works by contemporary artists such as Red Grooms, Richard Diebenkorn, and Sol LeWitt. An outdoor Sculpture Garden, shaded by towering pines, displays contemporary works, while the museum’s Learning Center offers hands-on activities for children that complement the exhibits in the main galleries. Learn more .
Project Spotlight: The Fisher Center Presents Free Outdoor Performances at Montgomery Place
The Fisher Center at Bard received a Heritage Development grant to present three weekends of free outdoor, community-focused performing arts events in the historic Montgomery Place . The project began with seed funding from a Heritage Development grant and other sources in 2018 and exceeded its attendance goals, with more than 1,000 total attendees. This past 2019 season attendance exceeded that of last year’s series with a total of 1,191 guests over four events. Twenty-percent of guests were first-time attendees of Fisher Center programming. Audience feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Nicole from Red Hook raved that the Montgomery Place campus is the “ideal spot…against the bounty of our Hudson River landscape.” With two successful seasons the Fisher Center is looking forward to presenting another series in the fall of 2020, with increased programming and community engagement. Learn more about Montgomery Place and all of the programming by the Fisher Center.
Green Tip of the Month: Don’t be salty
Opt for sand instead, as rock salt and urea-based de-icers result in harmful runoff to habitats and waterways. Learn more .
Grant and Funding Opportunities

Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: February 7, 2020 . More info .

Heritage Development Grants
The Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) are pleased to announce the availability of $25,000 in matching grants through the 2019 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Program.This annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area's websiteDeadline:  February 7, 2020.

Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
This grant program is dedicated to funding recreational trail projects. Special consideration is given to projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program. This year's application emphasizes connections to the Empire State Trail, and makes funding available for Water Trail projects. Applications are due  May 8, 2020 . More  here.

National Heritage Area Sponsorship's Available
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) will partner with various organizations to sponsor programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission. While complementing the mission of the Heritage Area, cultural, heritage and recreational events deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities, and encourage local and regional partnerships. Sponsorship's will have an additional focus on events promoting the 19th Amendment and/or Women's in History in the Hudson Valley for the year 2020. Municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations located within the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area are eligible to apply. For more information, please contact Dan Jeanson at daniel.jeanson@hudsongreenway.ny.gov or 518-473-3835.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
These matching grants are intended to create opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley, connecting their studies to significant places. They encourage students’ appreciation for and stewardship of their communities and cultures, and connect teachers with site educators and place-based learning. Eligible expenses include transportation and admission fees to eligible Hudson Valley locations for school groups. Read more .

Collections Assessment for Preservation Program
The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program is a joint effort of IMLS and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation to help small and mid-sized museums better care for their collections. A CAP assessment is a study of an institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its collections care policies and procedures. The assessment involves a site visit by collections and building assessors, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines recommendations for improving collections care. Deadline: February 1, 2020 . Find out more .

Tributary Restoration and Resiliency RFA
DEC is pleased to announce $986,000 in funding for projects to help restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and increase flood resiliency for communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed. The minimum award amount is $10,500 and the maximum award is $986,000. Funding for this grant opportunity is provided by the New York State (NYS) Environmental Protection Fund, Hudson River Estuary Program and Ocean Great Lakes Program. Deadline: February 5, 2020 . Read more .

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program
The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model." The CPS Program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities.Ten awards will be made (one award per region) in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in local underserved communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia. Deadline: February 7, 2020 . More info .

Hudson River Environmental Society McKeon Research Grant
The Hudson River Environmental Society announces the availability of small research grants for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in undertaking research on Hudson Valley environmental issues. Deadline: February 10, 2020 . Read more .

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program
Apply for the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship program. This student research program provides a summertime grant ($5,000 for each fellowship) and research funds (up to $1,500) for eight college students (undergraduate or graduate) to conduct research on the Hudson River. The deadline is February 10, 2020 . Learn more .

Creativity Incubator Grant Program
The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant Program provides NYS museums with financial support (up to $5,000 each) to experiment with and/or implement ideas inspired by the spirit of the Creativity Incubator workshops, held from 2017-2019. Deadline: February 15, 2020 . More info .

Event and Festival Sponsorship Program
Cultural, heritage, and recreational events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor deliver $1.3 billion in economic benefits to communities. In partnership with NYS Canal Corporation, we are offering competitive sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place from May 2019 through November 2019. Municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are eligible. Deadline: February 20, 2020 . Find out more .

Lower Hudson PRISM RFP
One avenue of success for the Lower Hudson PRISM is to contract out projects that need more comprehensive work. An annual request for proposals (RFP) is issued in January each year. Some of the contracted projects include surveying, treating or managing high threat invasive species in the Lower Hudson Region, while others develop or provide educational and outreach material for targeted audiences. Deadline: February 24, 2020 . More details .

Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides State funding to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs. A municipality may submit only one application to the DEC for state assistance toward the cost of an eligible HHW collection project for each calendar year. Deadline: February 28, 2020 . Read more .

'Trees for Tribs' Streamside Planting Projects in Hudson River Estuary Watershed
Riparian (streamside) buffers are essential for maintaining healthy streams and their conservation is a critical element of any holistic watershed program. If you own or manage property near a stream in the  Hudson estuary watershed , you can apply for assistance from Trees for Tribs. Applicants must complete an application and if the project is selected, recruit volunteers for planting, and maintain the site after the planting is complete. Deadline: March 1, 2020 . Learn more .

 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards
Each year, we present our Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Awards to up to four exceptional young area leaders in the fields of environmental conservation, historic preservation, the arts, and tourism. Any nonprofit organization working in the Hudson Valley may nominate a candidate and his or her project. Eligible candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students. The project itself may be either a summer or a year-long internship.In addition to the $5,000 awarded to McHenry recipients, the Open Space Institute also awards $1,000 to their sponsoring organizations for supplementary expenses. Deadline: March 2, 2020 . More info .

Mark B. Bain Fellowship
Apply for the Mark B. Bain Fellowship. This fellowship awards up to six full-time research fellowships to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system. A fellowship awarded to a doctoral student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $19,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. A fellowship awarded to a master’s level student will include a stipend consistent with the policy of the student’s graduate institution, in an amount of up to $15,000 for one year, and an incidentals research budget of up to $1,000. Deadline: March 9, 2020 . Find out more .

Local Government Record Management Improvement Fund
The Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF) grants program provides funds to help local governments establish records management programs or develop new program components. Deadline: March 13, 2020 . More info .

Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program
The primary objective of the program is to provide grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to agricultural producers to market value-added agricultural products. Deadline: March 20, 2020 . More details .

Community Economic Development Projects Grant
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award approximately $13.6 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for individuals with low-income. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit individuals with low-income to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and to ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. Deadline: May 26, 2020 . More info .

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. A grant is for one year and for up to $175,000. The Commission expects to make up to 25 grants in this category for a total of up to $3,000,000. Deadline: June 10, 2020 . More details .

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives FY 2021
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history. A grant is for one to three years and between $100,000 and $350,000. Deadline: July 9, 2020 . Read more .

Volunteer at OLANA
Becoming a volunteer at Olana is a wonderful way to learn more about this unique and beautiful site, meet new people, and have a fun and rewarding experience. Olana Volunteers enjoy free tours of the Main House and Historic Landscape, appreciation events, and 20% off in the Museum Store.

Click here to explore current volunteer openings! If you have any questions about volunteering reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Margot Isaacs by email or at 518-751-6857.

New York State Assembly Grants Action News 
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. More info .