May 2011


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         Community Spotlight 

Heritage Spotlight        Did You Know?        Green Tip Of The Month 

What's New?WhatsNew

 NY Heritage Weekend

Heritage is Only a Few Weeks Away! 



Already over 120 Heritage Weekend events are registered! Heritage Weekend coincides with "National Preservation Month" and the start of the summer tourism season, when many historic sites are opening for the year. New York Heritage Weekend has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and Flickr account to keep everyone updated on the latest developments. Read More...


Greenway Board Meeting


The next meeting of the Joint Boards of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area will take place on June 9, 2011 at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY. For additional information, please contact the Greenway at (518) 473-3835.


Trail Conference a Success!


On April 2nd, the Greenway co-sponsored a trail conference along with the Columbia Land Conservancy at the Columbia-Greene Community College.  About 70 attendees gathered to hear presentations and participate in group brain-storming sessions to discuss the future of trails in Columbia County, and the process of trail planning in general. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Program, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Parks and Trails New York were some of the other sponsors who helped make the program possible. The Greenway would like to thank all of the speakers and participants for putting in the time and effort to work together to make trails a reality in the Hudson Valley.


Stone Strategies: Documentation, Stewardship and Preservation of Historic Cemeteries


This workshop is a chance for citizens, local historians, educators, librarians, genealogists, community groups and historical societies to learn professional and practical steps necessary to preserve a vanishing heritage. Those responsible for care and access to cemetery property and the information incised on historic gravestones will find archivists and conservators on hand in a workshop setting to highlight state and local legal issues, and to demonstrate identification, documentation, cleaning and preservation strategies. This program was paid for in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Read More...




Great Hudson River Paddle Kicking Off in July 


Building upon ten highly successful years, the Hudson River Valley Greenway is opening up the format of the Great Hudson River Paddle (GHRP) from a single end-to-end trip into a series of many types of partner-run paddles. The new GHRP will be modeled on the celebrated Hudson River Valley Ramble and will include short overnight paddles, day paddles, free paddles, paddle races, and a variety of other events. Follow the GHRP on FacebookTwitter, and FlickrRead More...




Teaching the Hudson Valley Institute: Place and the Digital Native


This year's Summer Institute will examine the ways teachers and site staff can use emerging digital and social media tools (iPods, wikis, virtual tours, etc) to build community and teach about special places. The Institute will be held July 26th through 28th at the FDR Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park, NY. Read More...


Earth Day Recycling Nets Nearly 10 Tons


On April 22nd, Hudson Crossing Park celebrated Earth Day with an electronics recycling day. The event took in nearly ten tons of goods, filling a tractor trailer and a large cargo truck. The Park is centered around Champlain Canal Lock 5 Island, just north of Schuylerville, on New York State Historic Scenic Byway US Route 4. The mission of the Park is to tie environmental responsibility to economic revitalization, and to engage people of all ages in making informed choices for a sustainable future. Hudson Crossing Park has 2.3 miles of designated Greenway land trails and a designated kayak launch that will be built later this year. 


Farms and Food: A Teaching the Hudson Valley Resource Guide


The topic "farms and food" lends itself to place-based teaching becuase it serves as such an ideal starting point for exploring a wide range of issues and subject areas. This guide will help teachers and site educators connect place-based curriculum with agricultural resources within the Hudson Valley. Read More... 

Mark Your Calendar for "River Day" this June


On Saturday, June 4th 2011, the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program will sponsor the third annual "River Day" featuring events up and down the river. Read More... 

GrantsUpcoming Grant Opportunities

Greenway Community Grants applications for the next round of Greenway Community Grants will be due May 8th for our June Board Meeting. The following due date for applications will be September 9th for our October Board Meeting. Read More... 


Preserve New York Grant Program to identify, document, and preserve New York's cultural and historic buildings, structures, and landscapes. Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, historic landscape reports and cultural resource surveys. Read More... (May 2)


New York State Community Development Block Grant Program (NYS CDBG) from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation's Office of Community Renewal in two categories (see below). Read More... (May 27)

    • Annual Competitive Round Funds for community development projects benefiting low and moderate income persons in the categories of housing, public facilities, and public infrastructure
    • Open Round Economic Development Program Funds for economic development, small business and microenterprise activities which create or retain permanent jobs benefitting low and moderate income persons. 

Conservation Treatment Grant Program for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. Read More... (June 1) 


Department of Environmental Conservation State Assistance Programs for waste reduction, recycling and household hazardous waste programs. Read More... (Ongoing)


New York State 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 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)

EventsRegional Events

May 1


Curator's Talk: Enjoy a gallery talk with curator Ben Wallace at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.


Rainbeau Ridge Sheep Shearing: John Jay Homestead partners with this sustainable farm to present fiber crafts, group weaving, and music.  


May 4


History Kids: Kids aged 3-5 can learn what people ate 200 years ago and churn their own butter at the John Jay Homestead


May 5 


What are Poets for?: Enjoy a SUNY New Paltz faculty poetry reading at the Samuel Dorsky Msueum of Art.


May 6


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


May 7 - October 30 


Anton Otto Fischer: Enjoy this exhibit of works by the noted marine artist and "Saturday Evening Post" illustrator at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. 


May 7   


1658 Kingston Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour: Enjoy at tour of the largest extant early Dutch settlement in New York State.


Lyndhurst Garden Fair: A plant sale and festival featuring garden-related items, a children's planting workshop, counsel on perennial, annual and patio container planting. Tour the gardens and receive great gardening tips.


May 8


Jeffrey Weiss Concert: Lyndhurst presents this 28th annual chamber music concert.


Mother's Day Family Tour: Explore Olana from a child's perspective


May 13 


Superstitions: Skeptics and believers are welcome at Olana to hear stories of the superstitious practices our ancestors used to ward off evil.


May 14-15


New York State Heritage Weekend: Enjoy exclusive events, special discounts, and unique tours of historic and cultural treasures 


May 18


The Life of Mary Todd Lincoln: Learn about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln before and after her marriage to Abraham Lincoln as portrayed by Judee Synakowski in costume at the Bronck Museum.


May 19 


Curator's Fabulous Finds Lecture on Silver: Get up close to exquisite examples of American and European silver of the 18th and 19th centuries at John Jay Homestead. 


May 21 


John Jay's Manhattan: Take a walking tour of some of the places where Founding Father John Jay lived and worked. Registration required. 


May 22


Church and the Civil War: Olana presents Kevin Avery, senior research scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for this free lecture.


May 27


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


May 28


Cornelia Tappan Clinton: Washington's Headquarters remembers soldiers with a special first-person experiential tour.  


May 28-30


Memorial Day Weekend Tours: Olana remembers the impact of the Civil War on Church's life and career with special themed tours.


May 29


Tryntje Hasbrouck: A special first-person experiential tour at Washington's Headquarters remembers Hasbrouck's husband, the Militia Colonel. 


Honor our Nation's Fallen Soldiers: Continental Army soldiers perform 18th century gravesite mourning ceremony at New Windsor Cantonment. Linda Russell will perform wartime songs 

CommunitySpotlightCommunity Spotlight

Town of Colonie


Situated along the northern border of Albany County, the Town of Colonie is the largest town (in area) in Albany County and is home to both the Village of Colonie and the Village of Menands

Originally, part of the Rensselaerwyck Manor, this land was outside the Village of Beverwyck (now Albany) and was referred to as "the Colonye" - a Dutch term meaning "the settlement outside the city." By the late 18th century, "the colonye" had been renamed the "Town of Watervliet." It was during this period that Mother Ann Lee came to the town and established the first Shaker settlement in America. 

As the Town of Watervliet continued to grow in population, conflict erupted between the urban and rural portions of the Town. In 1895, the Town had grown to such a size that the State Legislature proposed changing its name to the City of Watervliet. Those still living in the rural portions of the Town opposed this proposal and successfully lobbied the Legislature to allow them to secede from the proposed "city" and remain a separate rural municipality, thereby becoming the "Town of Colonie." This action inspired a similar succession from the proposed city by another rural area to become the Town/Village of Green Island (the remaining "Village of West Troy" eventually became the "City of Watervliet").    

The Town of Colonie remained rural throughout the early 20th century and was primarily comprised of farms and unincorporated hamlets. With the advent of the post-World War II years, Colonie experienced a population "boom" that repositioned the community as a suburb to Albany. The subsequent increase in transportation projects throughout the capital district (including I-87 and I-787) further placed the Town in a favorable position for commuters who worked in Albany and the surrounding areas

Crossings in ColonieToday, the Town of Colonie has been transformed from an agricultural community into the most populous suburb of Albany. The town contains several hamlets (including Loudonville and Latham) as well as two incorporated villages - the Village of Colonie and the Village of Menands. 

The town also welcomes a variety of visitors. "The Crossings" and the "Mohawk Hudson Bikeway" offer trails and gardens while the town's network of pocket parks provides additional recreational opportunities for a range of users. Cultural resources include the historic Pruyn House and the Albany Shaker Historic Site as well as Siena College

Business and commercial opportunities abound in the Town of Colonie. Regional attractions, such as Colonie Center and Latham Farms, have contributed to the local and regional economy while smaller businesses within the town serve local residents and nearby municipalities. Meanwhile, the network of regional transportation corridors helps to connect Colonie to the surrounding region while the Albany International Airport connects the region to the rest of the world.

While the Town of Colonie has been radically transformed from its roots as the land "outside the city," it has become a major regional destination and an integral part of the Capital Region quality of life.  


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HeritageSpotlightHeritage Spotlight

Albany Shaker Historic Site

The first permanent settlement of the United Society of Believers in the Second Coming of Christ - the utopian religious sect commonly known as the Shakers - was established here in 1776 by "Mother" Ann Lee and seven Albany Shakerdisciples from England. Dedicated to leading a spiritual life through communal living and celibacy, the Shakers are renowned for their technological innovation, music, architecture and beautifully crafted furniture. This community, known as the Watervliet Shakers, reached a peak of 300 members in the 1850s. They were the first to package and sell garden seeds, invented the flat broom, were pacifists involved in abolitionist causes and strove to achieve gender and racial equality.  They were divided into four "families" whose large dwelling houses and work buildings surrounded a central Meeting House. The last Shakers left the community in 1938.


Restored by the Shaker Heritage Society, the 1848 Meeting House features a small museum that explains the Watervliet Shakers' beliefs, lifestyle, and ingenuity. Visitors may take self-guided tours past eight additional Shaker structures, an herb garden, the cemetery where Ann Lee (who died in 1784) is buried, and the nearby Ann Lee Pond Nature Preserve. Albany County purchased the Church Family property in 1925 and is working with Shaker Heritage Society to preserve and promote an interest in the historic site. Thirteen additional Shaker buildings within the Watervliet Shaker Historic District are privately owned and not open to the public.


The Albany Shaker Historic Site is located at 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, New York 12211 and is open Tuesday through Saturday (9:30am - 4pm)

DidYouKnowDid You Know...

...Albany County established the first municipal airport in the Nation?


In 1910, Glenn Curtiss won the New World Prize for the first sustained flight, traveling from Albany to New York City in his "Albany Flyer." A year later, a strip of land was designated on Westerlo Island and maintained by the Albany Chamber of Commerce as the "Quentin Roosevelt Memorial Field" in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt's son.


Albany Airport 1928

Albany Airport, 1928 (courtesy of Albany Hall of Records)


Soon, Albany welcomed a number of famous aviators including Amelia Earhart, James Doolittle and Clarence Chamberlain. In 1927, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh landed his "Spirit of St. Louis" at the airport shortly after his historic flight to Paris. As air travel increased, Albany relocated its airport to farmland owned by the Shakers in Colonie. During construction, Shakers loaned tractors and tools to the work crews and often offered them lunch.


In 1928, the first municipal airport in the nation, Albany Municipal Airport, opened with the inaugural flight carrying cigars from the mayor of Albany to the mayor of Buffalo. The grand opening was marked by an air meet and exposition. Albany's airport also housed the first airport weather bureau. By 1930 Albany was known as the "aerial crossroads of the great Northeast " and continued to attract many well-known figures. In 1932, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt flew from Albany Airport to Chicago to accept the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. Other presidential candidates who landed in Albany included Governor Thomas Dewey, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, William Bradley and Albert Gore. Air Force One landed at the Albany Airport in 1994 with President Clinton on board, and again in 2009 and 2011 with President Obama.


Albany Airport 2007
Albany International Airport Today (courtesy of Albany International Airport)

Over the years, the Albany Airport has experienced a number of changes and renovations designed to meet the changing needs of the airline industry and its passengers. In 1998, the airport was renovated and opened as the "Albany International Airport." This latest redesign included expansions and renovations to the terminal that reflect the region's rich Dutch and Shaker heritage. Covering 1,200 acres and accommodating 1.5 million passengers, the Albany International Airport has remained a significant transportation center of the northeast and will continue to do so in the 21st century.

GreenTipGreen Tip Of The Month



This month, dry half your clothes on the clothes line or drying rack. Each month would reduce your carbon footprint by about 60lbs of CO2. Over the year that comes to a savings of about 720lbs!


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

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