March 2015

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

Alliance of National Heritage Areas Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Left to right: Bob Elliot (HRVNHA, HRVG, and Erie Canalway NHC), Mark Castiglione, Allen Sachse (Delaware and Lehigh NHA), Congressman Paul Tonko, August Carlino (Rivers of Steel NHA), and Bob Radliff (Erie Canalway NHC)

The Alliance of National Heritage Areas held its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 2 and 3. Representatives from national heritage areas from around the country participated in planning sessions, professional development, and visits with members of Congress to update them on various National Heritage Area activities. Representatives from the National Heritage Areas were joined by National Park Service Director John Jarvis, Hudson Valley congressmen Chris Gibson (R-NY 19) and Paul Tonko (D-NY 20) at the Wednesday evening National Heritage Area congressional reception. Congressmen Tonko, co-chair of the National Heritage Area congressional caucus, gave the keynote address, stressing the importance of national heritage areas, not only in terms of economic impact, but in connecting people with the story of America.


Mark Castiglione, Congressman Chris Gibson, and Bob Radliff (Erie Canalway NHC)
Hudson River Summit

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program will host a Hudson River Summit on April 16, 2015 at the Poughkeepsie Grandview The Hudson River Summit will focus on building successful collaborations to implement the 
2015-2020 Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda, a conservation and restoration plan that guides the work of the Estuary program and its partners. The Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda defines the challenges we face and identifies desired conditions for the estuary and its watershed now and into the future. The Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda charts a course to provide six key benefits: clean water; resilient communities; vital estuary ecosystem; estuary fish, wildlife and habitats; natural scenery; as well as education, river access, recreation, and inspiration. The conference is co-sponsored by Historic Hudson River Towns. The registration deadline is April 2, 2015 and early registration is encouraged. For more information and registration, please visit the Historic Hudson River Towns website.


Hudson River Valley Greenway Board Meeting: March 11, 2015
The boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, Inc. will hold their next joint meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Locust Grove Historic Estate at 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Heritage Spotlight HeritageSpot
West Point Museum
March 16th marks the founding anniversary of the United States Military Academy, established by act of Congress at West Point in 1802. Opened to the public in 1854, the West Point Museum is the oldest and largest military museum in the country. Its collection is devoted not only to over two centuries of West Point and American military history, but to the entire story of warfare from the antiquity to the present. The Academy is home to more than 60,000 military artifacts, many of which are on display in the West Point Museum, including weapons once owned by George Washington and Napoleon. Its galleries also include an extensive collection of artwork that features many paintings by Hudson River School masters.

Guided tours are offered several times daily and are the only way for the public to enter the academy grounds. For more on the West Point Museum, and to plan a visit, please visit
Project Spotlight Projectspot

The Hudson Fjord Hike/Bike Trail

After months of planning including public meetings and online surveys, Scenic Hudson, Inc. is set to break ground on the Hudson Fjord Hike/Bike Trail this spring. The Hudson Fjord Trail is planned as a nine-mile multi-use trail linking the Metro-North train stations at Cold Spring and Beacon, with an ultimate objective to convert the State Route 9D and Metro-North Hudson Line corridor into recreation and tourism trail. Once completed, the trail will run along Breakneck Ridge of the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve and through Philipstown and Fishkill, providing a valuable link between the Hudson River, Hudson Highlands State Park, and the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, as well as much-needed physical and visual access to the river itself for pedestrians, hikers, and cyclists. Among the many proposed components of the trail plan are improvements to the Breakneck parking lot and trail signage.


The Hudson Fjord Trail represents one of the most regionally ambitious public/private partnerships currently sponsored by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and involves the cooperation and support of over a dozen municipalities, agencies, and non-profit organizations. Work on the trail is expected to take upwards of ten years to complete.


The Hudson Fjord Hike/Bike Trail was funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. For more on the trail, visit

Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants

Financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated "Greenway Communities" or "Greenway Compact Communities" within the Greenway Area. Projects funded under this program include those that relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, and open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 PM: May 8, 2015; September 11, and December 4, 2015. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program webpage.

Museum Association of New York Mini-Grants
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 are available for modest planning or implementation projects through the Museum Association of New York. The next deadline is  May 1, 2015 . For more on Museum Association of New York grants, please visit their webpage.

"Hack the Museum": Greater Hudson Heritage Network Exhibit Collections Training Workshops

Learn how to see your collection in a whole new way in these workshops presented by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Dutchess County Department of History. These sessions will discuss low-cost DIY solutions that will utilize your resources and help you tell new stories with your existing collections. The first of these workshop sessions is titled "Hack the Museum" and is offered March 9 at the John Kane House/Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling, and on March 11 at the Van Wyck Homestead/Fishkill Historical Society. A second session "Community Engagement" will be offered in April. These workshops are funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. For more information, registration, and agenda details, please see this PDF.


March 19

"Reviewing Stormwater Management in Site Design: A Guide for Planning Board Members" at the Farm & Home Center - Millbrook

This March 19 forum hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council will provide an overview of green infrastructure and strategies for stormwater review. More...


March 20

All-Day Training Event: "Integrating Clean Energy Into Your Community"

On March 20, NYSERDA and the Orange County Municipal Planning Federation and Department of Planning present a clean energy training event that will include workshops on solar policy, zoning for solar energy, and guidelines on other forms of renewable energy. More...

Hudson Valley Artists 2015 Call for Artists

Artist submissions are now being accepted through March 23, 2015 for The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015, curated by Mary-Kay Fisher, curator of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. For application information, visit Hudson Valley Artists 2015 submissions.

Arts & Business Council of New York Webinar: Employee Engagement Case Studies

The Arts & Business Council of New York has unveiled its Employee Engagement program, but what does that mean? Businesses that want to succeed and be creative are looking for ways to retain employees and inspire creativity, innovation, team-building and more. Whether it is an individual volunteer opportunity, pro bono consulting, or bringing the arts into the workplace, partnering with arts organizations can offer many valuable benefits to business employees that lead to greater recruitment, retention and innovation. In this webinar, hear first-hand examples of projects from ABC/NY's Employee Engagement Menu of Services, and how these activities benefit both the arts organization and the business, and can lead to mutually beneficial partnerships.

Preservation League of New York: Preserve NY and TAG Programs

The Preservation League of New York invests in the rehabilitation of historic places, , and protects properties at the local, state, and national level through landmark designations. The League will award over $150,000 in Preserve NY grants and TAG (Technical Assistance Grants) in 2015. The deadline for the spring round of these grants is April 13, 2015. For more information, please visit the Preservation League of NY grants webpage.

Museum Association of New York Travel Grants
Museum Association of New York Travel Grants provide funds to museum staff and volunteers for travel to other museums, conferences, and workshops for professional development. Deadline: June 30, 2015. For more information, please visit the program webpage.

National Parks Service 2015 Battlefield Planning Grants
The National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Grant Program is now accepting proposals for 2015. Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments are encouraged to apply for funding to support archaeology, cultural landscape inventories, cultural resource documentation, GIS mapping, National Register nominations, and preservation plans. For more information, please visit the program website.

Museum Association of New York Awards of Merit: Open Call for Nominations
The MANY Awards of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. They reward the innovative efforts of staff and volunteers and they provide encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. Nominations are sought for contributions made in 2014. For more information on the awards please visit the MANY website, email, or call (518) 273-3400. 

Museums in Action 2015: Museums Mean Business - Call for Proposals
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is soliciting session and workshop proposals for its April 2015 annual conference in Corning, New York. The theme of the upcoming conference is the museum as an economic engine. For more information, visit the MANY conference webpage.

2015 Office of Environmental Justice Small Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Justice announces the opening of its application period for the 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJSG Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. Pre-application assistance calls will take place in October and November. For more information, please visit the EJSG webpage

Master of Science in Engineering Management Program at Clarkson University
Clarkson University's Master of Science in Engineering Management program is expanding this fall. The two-year, 30-credit hybrid program, designed for rising at-work professionals, focuses on building expertise in project management, financial management, quality management, and operations management. Students meet with faculty in-person at the start of each semester and continue interactions online, building a sophisticated learning community with Web-conferencing, email, social media, and other innovative technologies. For more information, visit the program webpage.

Martha Washington Woman of History Award
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site will be accepting nominations for its annual Martha Washington Woman of History Award through January 9, 2015.
This award, now in its thirteenth year, recognizes women who have distinguished themselves in the field of Hudson Valley history and continues the site's mission of public education. For more information, please see this PDF or call (845) 562-1195.

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. 

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 the program webpage.

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.

2015 Events:

The Hudson River Estuary Program's 2015 Summit on the Future of the Hudson
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program will host the third Summit on the Future of the Hudson on April 16, 2015. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for this important event. Look for more meeting details to be announced soon.

Regional Events

March 10

Hudson River Foundation Winter Seminar: "Restoring Oysters Sustainably Requires Good Genes: Genomic Evidence from Delaware Bay and Hudson Hudson River" at the Hudson River Foundation - New York

The Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc. presents this first in a season of seminars related to environmental quality and resource management of the New York and New Jersey Harbor Estuary. More...


"Women's Time and Place: New York State and Women's Suffrage, 1917-2017" at The Linda: WAMC'S Performing Arts Studio - Albany

This panel event moderated by WAMC's Alison Dunne brings together history professors to discuss the necessity of commemorating the struggle for women's suffrage in New York State. More...


March 11
Storytime at the Museum: Native Americans at Philipse Manor State Historic Site - Yonkers
Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 (accompanied by a caregiver) are invited to "Storytime at Philipse Manor Hall" with picture books, songs, and finger plays followed by a hands-on museum activity. More...

March 12
"New York's Civil and Uncivil War" - Lecture by Robert Spiegelman at Philipse Manor State Historic Site - Yonkers
This vivid lecture-presentation by Robert Spiegelman examines the immense impact of the Civil War and New York on each other. From the generals trained at West Point and the many who gave their lives for their state and country, to slavery, the cotton connections and draft riots, New York was a location of fierce loyalty and opposition to the war. More...

March 12
Scholars Lecture - Harold Holzer, "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion" at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Katonah
During Lincoln's era, newspapers and politicians became "mutually dependent and totally inseparable" without even a pretense of neutrality, and Lincoln worked hard to find advantage in that system.  Author Harold Holzer tells the story of Lincoln's mastery of this hyper-partisan environment, and of the New York publishers who dominated Civil War journalism. 

March 14
Backyard Maple Sugaring at Grafton Lakes State Park - Cropseyville
Do you long to set up a family-scale sugaring operation in your backyard? Join us for a short film, demonstration, and samples of sap and fresh syrup. More...

Armchair Travel Series: Hermes Mallea and Caribbean Escapes at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Author Hermes Mallea discusses the history Caribbean vacationing with stories and photograph from the new book "Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour". Lecture followed by questions and answers and refreshments. More...


Opening Reception for "Following Rivers" at the Beacon Institute Gallery - Beacon

This photography exhibit by conservation photographer Alison M. Jones tells the story of people and the critical water issues they face, the summation of eight years and 22 expeditions to North American and African watershed expeditions. More... 


March 20
March Star Party with Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association at Lake Taghkanic State Park - Ancram
Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area at this monthly stargazing event for the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. Bring your own optics and dress very warmly. More...

March 21
Backyard Maple Sugaring at Grafton Lakes State Park - Cropseyville
Savor a delicious sign of spring and learn how to make syrup in your backyard. More...

"Deep Air" Arts Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape at Olana State Historic Site - Hudson
Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner, who will discuss poetry, urban landscapes, and the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, among other topics. The lecture will be followed by conversation, questions and answers, and refreshments. More...

March 22
World War I & The End of the Gilded Age Tour at Staatsburgh State Historic - Staatsburg
1914 saw the start of World War I and the beginning of the end of the Gilded Age. This special tour explores how the Millses' extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. More...

March 24

Maverick Festival Chamber Music Program at the Samuel Dorsky Museum - New Paltz

The SUNY New Paltz Music Department performs original scores in conjunction wtih the Maverick Festival in Woodstock. More...

March 28

Panel Discussion: "Geometries of Difference" at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art -New Paltz
Contemporary artists are fostering a dialogue between the visual discourses of Western abstraction and other aesthetic traditions more accepting of ornament. This panel will discuss how unexpected juxtapositions and intersections challenge traditional art histories. More...

March 30
Spring Break Mini-Camp: "Heat & Light" at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Katonah
How did people work or read without electricity? How did they keep warm during the cold winter without heaters? Children will answer these questions as they explore John Jay's home, and then make hand-dipped candles to take home. More...

March 30
Spring Break Mini-Camp: "Birds of a Feather" at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Katonah
Calling all birdwatchers! Explore the Homestead grounds, learn about the various species of wild birds that inhabit the property and make a project to help the birds in your backyard. More...

March 31
Spring Egg Hunt at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Katonah
Free entertainment and egg hunt sponsored by Bedford Recreation Department. Call (914) 666-7004 for information. Rain date is Thursday, April 2nd at Fox Lane High School. More...

Spring Break Mini-Camp: "Clean as a Whistle" at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Katonah
Children will visit William Jay's bedroom and the cellar kitchen as they learn how people kept clean, did their laundry, and kept sickness at bay 200 years ago. They will make sachets and pomander balls to take home. More...

Sundays in February
Spa City Farmers' Market
A year-round Farmers' Market held every Sunday in Saratoga Springs. More...


Ongoing Events:

Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz

Seven contemporary artists create vibrant new art that draws from Western abstraction and other aesthetic traditions more accepting of ornament. Through April 12, 2015. More...

Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation at the Morgan Library & Museum - New York

This exhibition focuses on Abraham Lincoln's mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history. It explores Lincoln as a writer and public speaker whose eloquence shaped the nation and the world, in his time and in ours. More...


Lighthouse Stories and Tales of the Sea at the National Lighthouse Museum - Staten Island

The National Lighthouse Museum presents its first national juried photography show, running March 7 through March 29, 2015. More...

The Shakers: America's Quiet Revolutionaries at the New York State Museum - Albany
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, presents this major exhibition detailing one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. On view from November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2016. More...


"You and Your Forest" - A Free Informational Letter Series from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

"You and Your Forest" is a free informational letter series that can help you begin the process of forest stewardship without leaving the comfort of your home. The letter series does not require any previous knowledge of forests or forestry. Sign up and you will receive seven self-study installments beginning February 2015 and sent every two weeks through May 2015. Each segment covers a range of topics, from forest ecology, agroforestry, and management, to wildlife and invasive species. Please call the Agroforestry Resource Center at (518) 622-9820, Ext. 0 to enroll in this letter series.


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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip

Green Spring Cleaning

We're still in a snowy and icy deep freeze here in the Hudson Valley, but the weather will be warming shortly and soon it will be time for spring cleaning. Learn how to tidy up your home this spring, all the while buying responsibly, recycling, reusing, and saving money and resources with these Green Spring Cleaning Tips from the Sierra Club. 

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