January 2016

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 Trail Development Grants
Greenway Trail Grant Project Ribbon Cutting, Hyde Park 2015 
Eleven Hudson Valley communities and organizations received a tot al of $69,246 in  matching grants from the Hudson River Valley Greenway for tr ails development, public access, and educational projects through the   Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program.

Since 1995, the program has provided more than $9.1 million in funding for trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and trail-related interpretation projects. Emphasis is placed on projects that seek to implement the goals of the Greenway Trail Program, fill in identified gaps in the Greenway Trail System, or make improvements to the more than 700 miles of designated Greenway Trails. Funding for these grants was provided through New York's Environmental Protection Fund. Click here for more information and a full list of grant winners.

2016 National Heritage Area Grants Due February 11, 2016
The  2016 Heritage Development 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. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000. The application deadline is  February 11, 2016 at 4:00PM . Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website .

Hudson River Valley Greenway Joint Board Meeting
The Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley will hold a joint Board Meeting on January 14, 2016, at the  Taconic Regional Headquarters NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  in Staatsburgh. 
The meeting will feature Greenway business and grant awards for the Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program as well as a presentation on the 
Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program by Department of  Agriculture & Markets Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline Moody-Czub.

More Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Exhibits Unveiled
Secretary Jeff Canning, Van Cortlandtville Historical Society leads dedication of exhibits at Steamboat Riverfront Dock, Verplanck's Point.
The mid-November ceremony commemorated the crossing by General Rochambeau's French Exp√©dition Particuli√®re of the Hudson River at King's Ferry from Verplanck's Point to Stony Point in August 1781 and the return in 1782. Photos from the events were provided by Marlene Gillis. 

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route is a new National Historic Trail that 
tells how French statesmen, armies, and fleets helped the United States win independence in 1775-1783. The W3R collaborates with the National Park Service and many other partners including the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area to initiate, coordinate, and promote programs that engage, inspire, and educate the public in the history of how France and the French people provided crucial aid to the United States during the American Revolution. 
Find out more about the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route here.

New Greenway Guides Distributed to Dutchess Communities
New Greenway Guide
Dutchess County is adding seven new guides to be adopted in Greenway Connections, a highly-illustrated, easy-to-use sourcebook of inspiring ideas, how-to guidelines, and case study examples designed to help local officials and citizen groups make better decisions on improving our surroundings. 

The Guides offer detailed recommendations on a variety of current planning topics, from retrofitting commercial strips, saving farmland, designing conservation subdivisions, and creating walkable centers, to site specifics on signs, parking, lighting, and landscaping. The seven new guides to be adopted include: Centers and Greenspaces, Slower, Safer Streets, Rural Roads, Building Bicycle Networks, Convenience Stores with Gas Pumps, Recycling and Waste Collection, and Green Infrastructure.

Heritage Spotlight
National Park Service Centennial
In celebration of its 100th birthday, the  National Park Service is launching a movement to spread the word about the amazing places they manage, the inspirational stories that the national parks tell, our country's natural resources, and our diverse cultural heritage.  Find Your Park is about the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries. New York Parks in the Hudson River Valley include the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Vanderbuilt Mansion National Historic Site.  Visit  FindYourPark.com  to sample upcoming centennial events near you,  share your stories, and find your park! 

Fourth Graders and Families Free
This year, the National Park Service is also supporting Every Kid in a Park, an initiative recently launched by the Obama Administration to provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year. By targeting fourth graders year after year, the program works to ensure every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their federal lands and waters. Visit Everykidinapark.gov and National Park Service to find out more.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World
A Dishonorable Trade Exhibit Opening
The Crailo State Historic Site  exhibit illustrates the story of the Dutch slave trade in the seventeenth century. The slave trade played an important role in the Dutch West India Company's trade interests in the 1600s and all Dutch colonies in the Atlantic arena played a part in the trade of human beings. Much of the exhibit examines this trade while a second section focuses on the people who were affected by this trade as they were taken from their homeland and held in captivity.

Seventeent h century illustrations and reproductions help bring the stories of Dutch trade and the enslaved Africans in Dutch colo nies to the forefront for visitors. These importa nt exhibit tools were supported by a National Heritage Area  Heritage Development Grant  from the Greenway, and are critical in telling these engaging stories.  The exhibit will be available to explore at Crailo State Historic Site until Fall 2016.
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area 2016 Heritage Development Grants 
The  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area  is pleased to announce the availability of $60,000 in matching grants through the 2016 Heritage Development Grant Program The 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. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000. The application deadline is  February 11, 2016 at 4:00PM . Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website .

The  Hudson River Valley Greenway Grants Program offers approximately $5,000-$10,000 to designated Greenway Communities or Greenway Compact Communities within the Greenway Area. Projects should relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, or open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by  February 18, 2016 at 4:00PM. For more information,  applications, and  guidelines, please visit the  program  webpage.

New Farmers Grant Fund 2015 Request for Applications

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2015-2016 state budget for the second round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. Applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2016. The 2015 Guidelines can be viewed here. For more information, please visit Empire State Development.

Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program (HVAEP)
This grant opportunity is offered to enable eligible applicants to specifically implement Conservation Easement Projects with owners of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. $18.75 million is available for Conservation Easement Projects within the Hudson Valley region plus up to $1 million to cover unanticipated costs. Applications are due January 29, 2016 at 04:30PM. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has provided $102,000 to be distrib uted by the Museum Association of New York (MANY). Grants of up to $5,000 are available to work on modest planning or implementation projects through two new programs, "Mini-Grants" and "Travel Grants". The deadline for the Mini-Grants program is   February 5, 2016 . For more information, please visit manyonline.org .

Conservation Treatment Grant
Greater Hudson Heritage Network is providing up to $7,500 for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Deadline for applications is  March 1, 2016 at 11:59PM. For more information on the application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees, please visit the website  here.

Preservation Grants Available
Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).  A total of $265,128 is available in 2016 and will be disbursed over two grant rounds. Applications are due April 11, 2016. For guidelines, please visit Preserve New YorkRead more here.

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. 

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. For more information, visit nycom.org.

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 agriculture.ny.gov.  

USDA Grant Opportunities (Ongoing)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $350 million in grants to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the  Agricultural Conservation Easement ProgramClick here for more information.
January 17
Led by a costumed guide, visitors of Staatsburgh State Historic Site will enjoy a "Downton Abbey" themed tour, learning the similarities between the characters of the popular British TV drama and the real servants, guests and family members of Staatsburgh. More...

January 28
American Trails presents: "Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?" Webinar. The presentation will focus on motorized and non-motorized trail use conflicts, but the principles can be applied to any type of trail conflict.  Learn more about this webinar and the presenters, as well as how to register here More...

January 30
The  National Park Service  will hold a  Rose Garden Ceremony  at 3:00PM to commemorate Franklin Roosevelt's Birthday. Following the ceremony, the FDR Presidential Library will invite attendees to return to the Wallace Center for birthday cake and refreshments.  More...

February 14
Staatsburgh State Historic Site will hold a Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series: Love & Marriage in the Gilded Age. Enjoy tea & refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to a presentation about courtship and marriage in Gilded Age society. More...

July 10-17
Parks & Trails New York will hold their 18th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, kicking off in Buffalo on July 10 and arriving in Albany on July 17. The tour is an unparalleled opportunity to experience great cycling while taking in the rich history of the legendary canal that helped transform America. More...

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:

Thomas Cole National Historic Site - Catskill
The 2016 Sunday Salons  lectures will be held once per month on Sundays at 2 pm, with engaging speakers who discuss topics related to the Hudson River School. More...

Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany

Dia: Beacon - Beacon
Current exhibitions include Excursus: Homage to the Square. More...
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Poughkeepsie

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 Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter and upcoming exhibitions include Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal (opening February 6th) and Thomas Doyle: If the creek don't rise (opening February 6th).
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill
Upcoming exhibitions include WORD. More...
Katonah Museum of Art - Katonah
Current exhibitions include Aaron Curry - UGLY MESS and upcoming exhibitions include Young Artists (opening February 7th) and Animality (opening March 6th). More... 

Neuberger Museum of Art - Purchase
Current exhibitions include After 1965 and Liza Lou: Color Field and Solid Grey. More...

Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
Current exhibitions include Uncle Sam: The Man in Life and Legend. More...
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Ted Spiegel Exhibit at Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center
Eleven large print photographs by Ted Spiegel are on view through April 30, 2016. More...

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Energy Saving Tips: Appliances
Electricity a typical appliance uses per year and its corresponding cost based on national averages.

Appliances account for about 13% of your household's energy costs, with refrigeration, cooking, and laundry at the top of the list. Energy.gov provides information on purchasing  and using the most energy-efficient appliances, "smart appliances" that automatically shift your use to off-peak hours, and how to select energy efficient electronics.

Visit  energy.gov to learn more about saving energy in your home.

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