March 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
National Heritage Areas Convene in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Paul Tonko at the National Heritage Area congressional reception.
Representatives from National Heritage Areas from across the country convened in Washington D.C. in early February and participated in planning sessions, professional development, and visits with members of Con gress to update them on various National Heritage Area activities. Congressmen Paul Tonko, co-chair of the National Heritage Area congressional caucus, gave the keynote address at the February 10th National Heritage Area Congressional Reception. The Congressman communicated his support for robust funding for National Heritage Areas and their importance, not only in terms of economic impact, but also in cultivating pride of place and connecting people with the story of America.

Meeting to Feature " Saving Olana" Presentation by David Schuyler.
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, Inc. will hold their next joint meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. The meeting will feature a presentation "Saving Olana" by Professor David Schulyer. The presentation will resonate with this upcoming WMHT documentary "The Saving of Olana: An American Treasure." View the preview here. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Student Writers Win Trips to Places They Love
Archie Lakhman, top-scorer for middle school, exploring the  Marshlands Conservancy with his brother.  Photo: Lucy Bayly
Students who entered Teaching the Hudson Valley's writing contest delighted readers with their impressions of-and feelings about-places in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.   The top-scoring  "Writing about Place"  authors enjoy the opportunity to introduce their classmates to the places they wrote about with expenses paid by THV.

"Connecting young people with parks, historic sites, and other significant places is important to the future well-being of our region," added Mark Castiglione, acting director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway Conservancy. See the Click here for the full story.

Greenway Trail Gap Analysis
The gap analysis will identify likely connections that would complete the trunk line north/south Greenway Trail route from New York City to the Capital region and beyond. Future stakeholder engagement underpins the planning process.

2nd Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is sponsoring the 2nd Hudson Valley Heritage Fair being held on May 1st at  Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie.  The theme this year will be "Hidden Spaces," highlighting the physical spaces, collections, and stories that are not usually publicly accessible. 

While the fair is open to the public, the fair also encourages networking and collaboration between historic sites, museums, and local history organizations across our nine-county Mid-Hudson Region. 

For more information about how your site or organization can participate, click here. Space is limited.

Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2016
The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program offers free native trees and shrubs for planting along the tributary streams in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. They are looking for new sites for plantings and can help you with a planting plan and work with your volunteers on site. 
Trees for Tribs is now accepting applications for spring 2016 planting projects.  
For more information about the program including project applications and fact sheets, please visit the DEC website, or contact the Hudson River Estuary Program's Stream Buffer Coordinator, Beth Roessler.
Heritage Spotlight
Albany Institute Celebrates 225 Years of Collecting
This year, the Albany Institute of History & Art is celebrating its 225th birthday. On February 26, 1791, a group of forward-thinking men met in New York City's Federal Hall and reviewed and accepted the bylaws for the Institute's direct ancestor, the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures. Six years later, the Society moved with the New York State Legislature to Albany.  The Society integrated other organizations and finally became the Albany Institute of History & Art in 1926 with a mission to collect and document the arts, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the special exhibition, Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting, presents works from the Institute's collection of exceptional artistic merit and craftsmanship that were made in the Upper Hudson Valley or brought to the region by patrons, consumers, collectors, and connoisseurs.
Project Spotlight Projectspot
Harvesting History at Clermont State Historic Site
Students in the Teaching Garden at Clermont
Students from the Hudson School District were treated to a program on the 500 acre park of Clermont State Historic Site where they enjoyed digging in the earth, growing their own garden and harvesting healthy, delicious vegetables. This program allows students the opportunity to learn about life, farming, food and nutrition by planting a seed. All students became members of 4-H. More...

Funding for Harvesting History was provided in part by a grant from Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Upcoming Grants and Other Opportunities Grants
Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education.  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00 PM: May 6 , 2016; September 9, 2016, and December 2, 2016. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program website.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will p rovide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites:  

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.
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site will host an Early Bird Tour daily at 9am during the month of March. The tour will include rooms such as The Presidential Kitchen where meals were prepared for royalty and FDR's Study where plans for the Atomic Bomb were discussed. 

The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site will host their Downstairs/Upstairs TourThis unique program will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays and will be available through March 27th. This expanded tour of Vanderbilt Mansion will include the servant areas and rarely seen rooms on the third floor. 

March 9
Join the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development for the Rural Development Community Facilities Program Workshop. This program provides grants and loans for capital improvements for a variety of entities, including museums.   More...

March 10
American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are in decline, and studies of its migration are considered crucial for survival. Join New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program Science Education Specialist Chris Bowser for the lecture Tracking the Great Migration as part of the Scenic Hudson Naturalist Lecture Series, where he will discuss the eels and their long journey. 

March 12
Come find out about becoming a Wilderstein volunteer on Saturday, March 12 at 10am by joining them for an informational session and free tour of the mansion. More...

Join  Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society for the second of a 2-part lecture series. Peter Watson will take an in-depth look at the evolution of the Bronson and Vanderpoel Houses, both reputedly originally designed by Hudson "master mechanic" Barnabas Waterman (1776-1839). More...
March 13
Country houses occupied a prominent and intriguing role in Thomas Cole's wide-ranging engagement with architecture. Join William Coleman, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, at Thomas Cole National Historic Site for an exploration of the insights the recently rebuilt New Studio offers into the artist's notion of how best to inhabit the landscape. More...

Join Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site as they award Denise Doring VanBuren, a history advocate and author, as the 2016 Martha Washington Woman of History.  This award is given by Washington's Headquarters each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the advancement of Hudson Valley's rich history through education, promotion, or preservation. More...

March 17
Winnakee Land Trust will host the second Dutchess County Trails Roundtable. The meeting will be the first of the 2016 quarterly roundtables and will focus on organizing county-wide events for National Trails Day, held annually on the first Saturday in June. An agenda will be released prior to the meeting date. More...

March 18
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be
presenting a series of Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Trainings across
the state in 2015 - 2016. A professional training covering an overview of CEHA,
History of New York Coastal Erosion Management Program, CEHA Building
Requirements, and obtaining and understanding CEHA maps.  More...

March 23
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 at 10:00 AM at the Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. Members of the public are welcome to attend. More...

March 23-25
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site will host Vacation Mini-Camps for children in second to fifth grade. Mini-Camp will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Each day will have its own theme with hands-on activities, fun crafts and other immersive experiences. Campers should dress appropriately for the weather and will need to bring a bagged lunch. More...

March 26
1914 saw the start of World War I and the beginning of the end of the Gilded Age. Join   Staatsburgh State Historic Site  for a special tour that will explore how the Millses' extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required.   More...

April 6
Join Wilderstein to kick off their Spring Seminar Series The Roosevelt Circle: A Closer Perspective. "River Friendship - Margaret Suckley & FDR's Intimate Story" will be the  educational program led by local historians  Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. Tea and light refreshments will be served. More...

April 9
The Olana Partnership is hosting Andrea Wulf, internationally-acclaimed New York Times best-selling author of "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World" at Hudson High School in Hudson.  The Olana lecture will be her first East Coast stop on her Britain/United State tour.  More...

Discover what life was like on the Hudson for the men that fished it at Fort Montgomery Historic Site with Fish Stories on the Hudson. Learn about the Shad, Sturgeon, and Striped Bass they pursued, and see the gear they used. Hear a fish story or two! Storytellers will include former commercial Hudson River fisherman Tom Lake, Chris Letts, and John Mylod, a crew with over a 100 years of net experience! More...

April 10
Thomas Cole National Historic Site invites you to join nationally renowned art historian Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, as she explores American artists' homes and studios that, like the Cole property, have been preserved and opened to the public. More...

April 13
Wilderstein will host an educational program "Louis Howe - The President Maker" as part of their Spring Seminar Series The Roosevelt Circle: A Closer Perspective led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. Tea and light refreshments will be served. More... 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be
presenting a series of Floodplain Management (FPM) Trainings across the
state in 2015 - 2016. Westchester and Putnam Counties' training will be
co-hosted by the Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District,
and held at the Westchester County Center. More...

April 14
Dr. Thomas Oller, lecturer at Boston University, presents evening lecture
Hamilton and Jefferson: Competing Visions for America at Fort Montgomery Historic Site  which will explore the different philosophies of these two Founding Fathers and their visions for the United States. Special focus will be given to how Hamilton and Jefferson went from being colleagues to rivals while they served in Washington's cabinet as Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of State. More...

April 17-19
Museum Association of New York will hold their their Annual Conference in the Adirondack High Peaks. Sessions and events will be held in at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the Conference Center in Lake Placid. More...

April 20
Join Wilderstein for their education program " Eleanor Roosevelt - Humanitarian & Pioneer of Civil Rightsas part of their Spring Seminar Series  led by local historians  Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck. Tea and light refreshments will be served. More...  

April 27
Wilderstein will finish their their Spring Seminar Series led by local historians Linda Bouchey and Albert Vinck with educational program "He Rose From His Wheelchair To Lift The Nation From Its Knees." Tea and light refreshments will be served. More... 
Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:

Thomas Cole National Historic Site - Catskill
Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect is an upcoming 2016 exhibition focusing on Cole's architectural interests through architectural elements in his paintings and drawings as well as in both his realized and visionary projects, expanding our understanding of the breadth of his talents and interests. More...

Albany Institute of History & Art - Albany
Current exhibitions include Traders and Culture: Colonial Albany and the Formation of American Identity and The Capital Region in 50 Objects. Upcoming exhibitions include Masterworks: Paper (opening April 30th). More...

Dia: Beacon - Beacon
Current exhibitions include Excursus: Homage to the Square and Andy Warhol, Shadows. Upcoming exhibitions include Occasions (opening in June). More...
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Poughkeepsie
Current exhibitions include American Stories 1800-1950. Upcoming exhibitions include Touch the Sky: Art and Astronomy (opening April 29th) and Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project (opening May 26th). More...

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 Oh Panama! Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal and Thomas Doyle: If the creek don't rise. Upcoming exhibitions include Juan Bernal: Pure and Simple (opening May 14th) and Jimmy Kuehnle: Tongue in Cheek (opening June 4th). 
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 Animality. More... 

Neuberger Museum of Art - Purchase

Rensselaer County Historical Society - Troy
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - New Paltz
Ted Spiegel Exhibit at Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center

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