January 2011
In This Issue
What's New?
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
Regional Events
Community Spotlight
Heritage Spotlight
Did You Know...?
Green Tip Of The Month
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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

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Heritage Weekend 2011

May 14th - 15th

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What's New?

Greenway Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway will be held on January 20th at 10am at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and home in Hyde Park. Networking is scheduled to begin at 9:30am. The meeting will feature a presentation by Joan Davidson, former Chair of the Quadricentennial Committee; Ken Barwick, Chair of the OurHudson Advisory Board; and Clay Hiles, Executive Director of the Hudson River Foundation. Please call the Greenway at (518) 473-3835 for further information.

Podcast Tour of the Albany Heritage Area

A narrated MP3 Podcast walking/cycling tour of the Albany Heritage Area has been developed as an interpretive educational tour for visitors to the City of Albany. Read More...
Orange County Christmas Ornament
Hudson Valley at the White House

When Orange County Tourism was invited to submit a decoration for the White House Christmas Tree, officials felt it was an easy choice and turned to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Read More...

Old Dutch Church Awarded EPF Grant

The Old Dutch Church of Kingston was awarded a $400,000 NYS EPF Grant for Phase III of replacement of the entire roof.  This will match a $350,000 Economic Development Initiative federal grant though the office of Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey. The Old Dutch Church is a designated National Historic Landmark. Read More...

Capital Region History Day Contest

The Capital Region History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day program encourges students to explore local, state, national, and world history. This year's theme is "Debate and Diplomacy in History." The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 and the registration deadline is March 4th . Read More...
Heritage Weekend 2011

The 2011 State Wide Heritage Weekend celebration will take place during the weekend of May 14th and May 15th, 2011.  We are timing this event to coincide with "National Preservation Month" and the start of the summer tourism season, when many historic sites are opening for the year. Read More...
Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Communities Grants Applications for the next round of Greenway Communities Grants will be due February 9th for our March Board Meeting. The following due date for applications will be May 11th for our June Board Meeting. Read more...

Assisted Housing Stability, Energy, and Green Retrofit through HUD's office of Affordable Housing Preservation for eligible property owners to make energy and green retrofit investments to multi-family housing.  Read More... (February 16)

Local Government Efficiency Grant (LGE) for efforts among two or more units of local government for the development of projects that will achieve savings and improve municipal efficiency through shared services, cooperative agreements, mergers, and consolidations.  Read More... (March 1) 

Construction Grants for African American Historic Sites for historic sites with a primary association with African American history. Read More... (April 1)

NYS Community Development Block Grant Program for projects that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet community development needs having a particular urgency. Read More...  (Ongoing)

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 the costs of planning and implementing green components of affordable housing developments, as well as tracking their costs and benefits. Read More... (Ongoing)


BJ's Charitable Foundation to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. Read More...(Ongoing)
Regional Events

January 7

Albany First Friday: Visit Center Square and downtown arts venues for exhibition openings, receptions, and events.

January 8

Snowflakes: Nature's Works of Art: Explore the frozen fascinating science of snow at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

Quilling Jewelry Workshop: Quilling is an art that involves strips of paper that are rolled and shaped into decorative designs. Learn about this art form and create your own works at the New York State Museum.

January 9

Winterfest: Enjoy a winter day at the Clarence Fahnestock State Park. As part of National Winter Trails Day, enjoy showshoes, tubing, and skating as well as crafts and food.

Winter Birds at Your Feeder: Learn to identify the backyard birds in our region at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

January 13

American Art Video Series: John James Audubon: The New York State Museum presents this film exploring the work of John James Audubon and his important contributions to American Art.

January 15

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest: Featuring horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice carving in Highland.

Snakes Alive!: Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to meet live snakes and explore the incredible world of these often misunderstood reptiles.

January 16

Introduction to Beekeeping: Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn how to get started with this fascinating and rewarding hobby from an experienced beekeeper.

January 20

Greenway Joint Board Meeting at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

American Art Video Series: William Merritt Chase: The New York State Museum presents this film exploring the work of William Merritt Chase and his important contributions to American Art.

January 22

Creative Art Day at the New York State Museum: Families can participate in artful activities based on Museum exhibits. This month, the program features "Landscape of Memory: Prints by Frank Eckmair"

Annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest: Come to Grafton Lakes State Park for a day of family activities including snow sculpture, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, polar plunge, and live animal displays.

January 23

Winter Animal Scene Investigations: Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to search for signs of animal tracks and other animal activities.   

January 27

American Art Video Series: Frederic Edwin Church: The New York State Museum presents this film exploring the work of Frederic Edwin Church and his important contributions to the American Art.

January 28

Troy Night Out: Visit the City of Troy for an Evening of arts and culture with music, food, shopping, and exhibits

January 29

Geology Fair: Come to the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and enjoy a day of rockin' fun and facts. Rock and gem specimens will be on display with New York State fossils.

The Landscape of Memory: Prints by Frank C. Ecmair: The New York State Museum presents this film exploring the work of Frank C. Ecmair and his important contributions to American Art.  
Community Spotlight

City of Albany

Strategically located along the western bank of the Hudson River, the City of Albany is the capital of New York State and forms the "Capital District" with nearby cities of Troy and Schenectady.

Albany is the fourth oldest continually inhabited

city in the United States and the second oldest state capital. The Pine Bush, located at the far edge of the city, is the only sizable inland pine barrens in the United States and is home to many endangered species.

Originally known by native Americans as Penpotawotnot, Albany's colonial ties began with Henry Hudson's exploration in September 1609. In 1624 the Dutch East India Company built Fort Orange, a fur trading post, and by 1652 the area was incorporated as the village of Beverwyck. In 1664 the English took the land and renamed the village "Albany" to honor the Duke of Albany.

Governor Thomas Dongan formally chartered Albany in 1686 and appointed Pieter Schuyler as mayor. In 1754, Benjamin
Franklin and other colonial leaders met in Albany to draft the Albany Plan of Union. Although never adopted, the document is considered a precursor to the US Constitution. In 1797, Albany was designated capital of New York State. With the advent of the
steamboat, railways, and nearby canal development, Albany quickly became a transportation center.
Today Albany is a center for politics and education in New York State. Higher education institutions include Albany Law School, the College of Saint Rose, Maria College of Albany, Sage College of Albany, Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Medical College, Excelsior College, and the University at Albany. The city also plays a vital role in the regional "Tech Valley" initiative and is home to many national and international entities.

Albany's cultural amenities include galleries, arts venues and museums as well as summer concerts and festivals. The city
contains some of the finest examples of American architecture and includes works by Richardson, Fuller, and Eidlitz. Significant features include historic Center Square neighborhood, Washington Park (designed by Vaux and Olmstead, architects of Manhattan's Central Park), the Empire State Plaza, and the State Education Building. Residential neighborhoods throughout the city retain their pedestrian-friendly orientation.

Albany was designated an "All American City" (in 1991 and again in 2009) and is currently identified as a top city in the fields of technology and nanotechnology. With numerous amenities for residents and visitors, Albany offers something for everyone.

Heritage Spotlight

New York State Museum

Through historic artifacts, full-size dioramas, and challenging interactive displays, the New York State Museum showcases the history of the Empire State from prehistoric times to the present.NYS Museum Elk

The museum's permanent exhibits include Adirondack Wilderness, Native Peoples of New York (with a full-size and accurate re-creation of an Iroquois longhouse), and New York Metropolis, which explores the history of New York City and features everything from an actual subway car to part of the stage set of Sesame Street. Natural history displays exhibit 100-million-year-old fossils, the bones of a prehistoric mastodon, minerals, and 170 species of native birds. Artifacts include a fire-spotting plane from the Adirondacks, surveying tools that helped to plot the course of the Erie Canal, the barrel used to make the first documented plunge over Niagara Falls, and a working historic carousel.

The New York State Museum is at the Empire State Plaza on Madison Avenue in Albany (518) 474-5877
Did You Know...

...the New York State Capitol was built on quicksand?

While architects and visitors of today hail the New York State Capitol in Albany as a crown jewel of the region, the history behind this unique structure is as exciting as the architectural elements which adorn it.
  • Construction began in 1869 and took 32 years to complete, using three different architects: Thomas Fuller (1867-1875); Leopold Eidlitz and Henry Hobson Richardson (1875-1883); Isaac Perry (1883-1899)
  • The Capitol was originally constructed on quicksand. To keep it from sinking, the quicksand was scooped out and replaced with clay and concrete. 
  • The cornerstone was placed in 1871 and contains copies of all legislation relating to the Capitol as well as various U.S. coins and currency and Albany newspapers of that year. The builders forgot to mark the cornerstone and to this day its location remains a mystery.  
  • Local press in NYS Capitol1874 referred to the Capitol as Albany's "White Elephant" 
  • With a final price tag of $25 million, the New York State Capitol was the most expensive government building of the time and cost twice as much to build as the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.
  • Marble used throughout the Capitol was cut by state prisoners at Sing Sing. 
  • The New York State Capitol is one of only several U.S. Capitol Buildings without a dome roof.
  • Carved Faces hidden throughout the capitol reflect historical figures, political titans, friends of the stone masons, a variety of unknown individuals, and a small demon.
  • In 1887, a chunk of stone (the size of a bowling ball) dropped from the arched Assembly Chamber, missing an assemblyman by inches. The vaulted ceiling was soon replaced.
  • In 1911, a fire ravaged through a large portion of the capitol containing manuscripts and artifacts. It was one of the greatest fires of the time. A display case containing Native American artifacts was unharmed despite its location in one of the most severely damaged areas.
Green Tip Of The Month

Natural Christmas trees are 100% biodegradable as long as they aren't buried in landfills. Instead, they can be recycled into mulch and hiking-trail chippings. Some cities have even recycled Christmas trees into barriers for shoreline stabilization and beachfront erosion prevention. To find out if your community has a Christmas-tree recycling program, contact the local parks and recreation department, public works department, recycling department (often at the department of sanitation) or your mayor's office.

(All information courtesy of National Geographic's Green Guide)

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