January 2018
Barnabas McHenry, Chair Greenway Council, Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Kevin M. Burke, Acting Chairman, Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, Acting Co-Chair National Heritage Area
Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director Greenway,
Acting Director National Heritage Area 
Monthly News, Events, & Grant
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Installs New Henry Knox Marker
The Henry Knox Cannon Trail is a National Historic Trail that follows the route used by Colonel Henry Knox to transport 59 cannons from Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1775-76. Fifty-six monuments were installed along the route in 1927 to commemorate the arduous 56-day journey. Thirty of the granite monuments and bronze plaques mark the route in New York from Fort Ticonderoga to the Massachusetts border near Hillsdale. Starting near Great Barrington, 26 monuments mark the trail in Massachusetts. The installation of these monuments represents one of the earliest heritage trails created in the United States.
The stone at Albany was moved from its original location in the 1960s when Interstate 787 was built; however, the monument was lost in the intervening 50 years. 
Through the efforts of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, a replica of the bronze relief was placed on a stone monument of the same dimensions as the original stone, including being from the same quarry, was installed on December 7, 2017 at the Albany Riverfront Park at Jennings Landing. Pictured with the stone is Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Co-Chair Barnabas McHenry.  
Olana Partnership and Thomas Cole Site Awarded Collaborative Marketing Grant
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership have been awarded $225,000 for a joint marketing grant from New York State through the Regional Economic Development Council Awards, Empire State Development Program. The project will further the transformation of these two historic sites into major economic drivers for the area by working together to promote the Skywalk region as a comprehensive and internationally-significant destination. The initiative will leverage unprecedented international focus in 2018 on Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church to promote the region that gave birth to America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Read more here .
Save the Date for 2018 Path Through History Weekends
Due to overwhelming positive feedback, there will be two 2018 Path Through History Weekends: 
Spring - Father's Day weekend (June 16-17, 2018) 
Fall - Columbus Day weekend (October 6-8, 2018)
Host sites can participate in one or both of the weekends; there is no obligation to participate in both. Registration is now open here , so register your event today!
National Heritage Area Announces RFP Opportunity
The Greenway Heritage Conservancy HRV, Inc. DBA the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area seeks the expertise of a NYS certified MWBE firm or firms to develop and execute a marketing campaign to promote a soon to be released mobile app showcasing the Hudson River Valley to Amtrak and Metro-North train riders between New York City and Albany, NY. More information and the RFP may be found here .
Greenway Announces Hudson River Sojourn RFP Opportunity
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is seeking bids to organize/conduct, and promote the Hudson River Sojourn, an eleven-day kayaking trip beginning in Albany, New York and ending in Manhattan. The purpose of the trip is to promote the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail, a National Water Trail and the Hudson River Valley. Greenway is seeking both a kayaking outfitter to organize and conduct the trip and a marketing firm to promote it. More information and the RFP may be found here .
Upcoming Events

Ice Fishing Season Open at Some State Parks
Ice fishing season is open at the following New York State Parks; Lake Taghkanic State Park in Ancram, Taconic State Park at Rudd Pond in Millerton, Canopus Lake (Kent, NY) at Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights. The season will remain open as weather conditions permits. A DEC fishing license is required. Visit www.nys.parks.gov for more information.

Third Thursday Bird Walk: Maple Avenue in Katonah with Naturalist Tait Johansson
January 18 : Mark the passing of the seasons and changing of birds by birding at this local hotspot. Read more here .

Nature Walk: Winter Tree Identification at Muscoot Farm with Naturalist Tait Johansson, Katonah, NY
January 20 : Tait of Bedford Audubon will teach you how to use a tree’s structure, bark, and other clues to ID it even after the leaves have fallen. Read more here .

World War I & the End of the Gilded Age, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg, NY
January 20 : Commemorating the centennial years of World War I, this special tour explores how Gilded Age extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required. Read more here .

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
January 20 : Using five to seven live birds, the Delaware Valley Raptor Center will introduce you to the fascinating world of raptors. Experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles up close, while gaining an understanding of how important these birds are to the balance of nature. Leave the program with a greater respect and appreciation for these magnificent birds. Read more here .

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge with Naturalist Tait Johansson, Wallkill, NY
January 27 : Join Tait on this early evening expedition to find Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers, and Short-eared Owls. Family friendly for children 12 years and older accompanied by an adult. Read more here .

Winter 2018 Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series at Staatsburg, Staatsburg, NY
Enjoy tea and refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to talks about aspects of Gilded Age history. Each guest will receive a tin of Staatsburgh Blend tea created by Harney & Sons. This year, the theme is "Leisure in the Gilded Age" and each talk will explore a different aspect of leisure activities of elite society.  January 28-April 22 . Read more here .

Winter Tour at Thomas Cole, Catskill, NY
Februrary 4 : Visitors will join a guided tour with a Cole Site Educator to explore the 1815 Main House where Thomas Cole lived and worked. The experience features the multimedia installation The Parlors and the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Creative Process which includes original works by the artist. Read more here .

In The Footsteps Of Thomas Cole, Catskill, NY
February 4 : This talk will explore the behind-the-scenes research conducted by the curatorial team for the exhibition Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic Crossings as they followed in Cole's footsteps traveling to England and Italy to research his youth in Bolton and his return journey to London, Florence, Rome, Tivoli and Naples from 1829-32. Read more here .
Heritage Spotlight: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum consists of two sites. The Wildlife Education Center offers hands-on interactive exhibits as well as an indoor mini-zoo that houses animals native to the Hudson River region. Surrounding the Center are well-marked family friendly trails. At the Outdoor Discovery Center, families can hike a variety of trails. Families can also participate in the weekend nature programs or visit the Grasshopper Grove Play Area for children (recommended for ages 2-7 years old). Plan your trip here .
Project Spotlight: Historic Albany Walking Tour Mobile App
In 2014, the Historic Albany Foundation was awarded a grant through the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Program to develop a mobile phone app based on their Walkabout Wednesdays walking tour program. Historic Albany worked with a consultant to develop an app that would promote Albany history and make it easier for app users to experience it through walking tours and content points that appear on a map around the user’s location. The app uses pre-existing content available through the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Albany’s plaque records, and Historic Albany’s Endangered Resource Lists. In addition, the Historic Albany Foundation has continued to add content, including Historic Albany’s Listen Albany podcast series. With the Tour Albany app, tourists and residents alike can learn more about the history that surrounds them.
Green Tip of the Month: Lower your thermostat by 10 degrees when asleep or at work
In an eight-hour period, you'll save 10% for every 10-degree setback. A programmable thermostat will do this for you automatically. Read more about saving energy here .
Grant and Funding Opportunities  

Heritage Development Grants
The Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) are pleased to announce the availability of $55,000 in matching grants through the 2018 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 website: http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/grants .

Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
Matching grants available for Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Deadline: February 9, 2018 . More  here .

National Heritage Area Sponsorships 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. 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.

Conserve and Protect Our Water Poster Contest
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] and the New York Water Environment Association are sponsoring a “Conserve and Protect Our Water” poster contest that is open to all middle school students (Grades 6-8). Fourteen winners will have the honor of having their artwork in a calendar that will be distributed across New York State. The deadline for submitting posters is January 12, 2018 . Read more here .

African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. Grants made from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000. Letters of intent are due by January 31. Read more here .

National Trust Preservation Funds
Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Application deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1.  Read more here .

NYS DEC Grants for Urban Environmental Education Centers
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1 million in new grants for Urban Environmental Education Centers. The new grant opportunity for Urban Environmental Education Centers, administered by DEC, supports the Governor's environmental justice platform and promotes education. These grants are available for community-based organizations to develop environmental education centers in urban areas to educate residents about their environment, ecology, environmental justice challenges, green technology, and urban environmental sustainability. The grant opportunity is available on the New York State Grants Gateway . Applications are due February 2, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Erie Canalway Event Sponsorships Available
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with NYS Canal Corporation is offering a limited number of sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2018. Eligible applicants include municipalities and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Applications are due by February 16, 2018 . Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational assets of the canal corridor. Read more here .

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors
With grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000, the purpose of the fund is to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Application deadline is March 1. Read more here .

Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation
The fund aims to save historic environments in order to foster an appreciation of our nation’s diverse cultural heritage and to preserve and revitalize communities. Grant funding ranges from $2,500 to $15,000. Application deadline is March 1. Read more here .

Erie Canalway Seeks Development and Communications Manager
The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. seeks to expand its impact by hiring a talented individual to carry out fundraising/development and communications activities. The individual will assist with integration of fundraising/development and communications functions, where appropriate, while helping to maximize the reach and effectiveness of both. Read more here .

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

National Park Service Rails and Trails Program Seeks Volunteers
If you love history and trains, the National Park Service is seeking volunteers for the Trails and Rails program which is locally presented aboard Amtrak's Adirondack traveling up the Hudson River Valley from New York to Montreal. Trails and Rails brings the National Parks aboard Amtrak trains. Volunteers present programs on board the train about the history of the region and cultural and natural resources of the route. Volunteers are provided with training about the history and a uniform. These programs are presented in partnership with the Saratoga National Historical Park and the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Additional information about Trails and Rails can be found here . If you are interested in volunteering, contact Joe LaLumia here .