September 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
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Tours Heritage Area
Re-enactors are joined by U.S. Interior Secretary Jewell, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Mark Castiglione and State Parks Commission Chair Dr. Lucy Waletzky at FDR State Park on 8/22. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Interior.
U.S. Secretary Jewell, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey host a roundtable discussion with leaders in the historic preservation of New York State and the Hudson River Valley.

On August 22nd, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was proud to welcome the United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey to two events in the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area to kick off a week of celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service. The tour began at FDR State Park, where two new interpretive signs were unveiled along the Washington Rochambeau National Historic Trail, followed by a visit to the Bear Mountain Inn at Bear Mountain State Park, where a roundtable discussion was held on the importance of historic preservation in the Hudson River Valley. Read more about the events here. Take a look at photos from the event here

It's time to Ramble!
The  17th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble has begun! This year's Ramble features  more than 225 events and programs hosted by over 150 partner organizations. From guided nature walks and challenging hikes, bike rides, and paddles, to living history events, family fun festivals, and arts and culture experiences, the Ramble features something for everyone.

Thank you to all of our partners who make the Ramble a success each year!

New Date for Landscape Conservation Conference
Marking 100 years of the National Park Service, this day-long conference will focus on connecting conservation efforts from the Hudson River School painters through to strategies to protect the Hudson River Valley landscape for the next 100 years. The conference is being presented by the Hudson River Valley Greenway, Regional Plan Association, Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz, and the National Park Service. 

Perfect Your Historic Site Experience with Greater Hudson Heritage Network
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to support the Greater Hudson Heritage Network's day-long workshops. Historic Housekeeping will be offered on Tuesday, September 13th, at the Historical Society of Rockland County, and Creating Best Ever Visitor Experiences will be held Tuesday, October 4th, at the Historical Society of Rockland County. More of these workshops are offered later this year and in the spring of 2017. 

History Happy Hour at Schuyler Mansion

On September 29, the public is invited to Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site for another evening of local beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and after-hours mingling with like-minded art and history enthusiasts. All the while, the historic eighteenth-century brick mansion will be open to explore at your leisure - you can even try your hand at historic activities.

Heritage Spotlight
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
With fall just around the corner, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the perfect place to take in breathtaking views of the changing leaves on the Hudson River's landscape. The park is accessible to pedestrians, hikers, and bikers alike. Join park goers throughout the month of September to admire the sunsets of the Hudson River Valley from the walkway. Visit the park's website for more information on the history of the park and events during the month of September.

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Photo courtesy of New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Project Spotlight Projectspot

The Town of North Greenbush

The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to support the Town of North Greenbush with a Greenway Communities Grant to revitalize and increase access to their Route 4 and Main Avenue corridors. The design guidelines will help create a more walkable "main street". Click here for a copy of the design guidelines. 

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 4:00PM: September 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program website.

Technical Assistance Grant
The Preservation League of New York State is now accepting applications for the fall 2016 round of Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program. The funding provides not-for-profit groups and municipalities the service of professionals such as architects and engineers to preserve historic and culturally important institutions. Applications are due 9/12.

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:  

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants Webinar
The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting a grant webinar as part of their Forum Webinar Series on September 14, from 2:00-2:30 PM. Diana Maxwell, Manager of Grants for the National Trust will be discussing an overview of the grants, as well as tips for your application. Register here

New York State Assembly Grants Action News
State, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. Grants range from water fluoridation projects, researchers studying law and social sciences, media projects, funding for studies on economic and social inequalities, suicide prevention research, cultural anthropology research, and writing classes. Deadlines vary. Visit the NYS Assembly Grants Action News webpage for more details.

Federal Grant Opportunities with Congressman Paul Tonko
The Office of Congressman Paul Tonko maintains a list of federal grant opportunities, organized by topic that are currently open for applications. Visit Congressman Tonko's federal grant webpage for more information. 

William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends and Lore Marker Grants Available
The   William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the  New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York's history. In just one year, 14 markers were funded. Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State.  Apply online. Deadline is October 31, 2016.

Enjoy a month of guided landscape walks, hikes, paddles and biking adventures, Hudson River Estuary explorations, heritage site tours, and cultural events from the Capital Region to New York City and beyond. Events will take place on September 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25. For more information and to search event listings, please visit, or download our Ramble guidebook.

September 9
Designer, stylist, and author Susanna Salk will be at Boscobel House and Gardens as their Fall Design Guest Lecture speaker. Salk will be discussing her eighth book,  "It's the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff", followed by a wine and cheese reception. More information and tickets available here

September 10
Join  Century House Historical Society &  NYSCA for the closing of IN:SITE, a summer-long outdoor art exhibit at the Century House Historical Society in Rosendale, NY, home of the Widow Jane Mine. Closing event will feature performances and works of a more ephemeral nature, as well as more permanent sculptural works.  More...

September 11
Enjoy an old fashioned tea with guest speaker and live music at High Tea in the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. Information is available at

September 22 
A New Series of National Park Service Interpretive Talks at Morton Memorial Library:  "Eleanor Roosevelt and the Fight for Civil Rights" More...

September 22-24
The Hudson River Estuary Program is excited to announce another offering of the Habitat and Water Resource Assessment Short Course in partnership with Hudsonia Ltd. The course will be held on September 22-24 in New Paltz, and is designed especially for local officials involved in land use and conservation planning in the Hudson River estuary watershed. Note that space is limited and there is a competitive application process, due September 12. Apply  here

September 29
Take this opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded history enthusiasts on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion. Enjoy a selection of local beer, wine, and tempting hors d'oeuvres, while hobnobbing with friends and taking part in Hamilton-themed activities that can only be experienced at Schuyler Mansion. Buy tickets here.

October 8
The Civil War, America's story, is told by Red Grooms, American artist, who for 50 years has brought life from city and country to sculpture and canvas, with truth that he inflects with compassion and humor.  More...

October 8
Tom Burckhardt has created a 3-D immersive environment filled with the materials of a modern painter toiling in romantic obscurity. FULL STOP (2005-06) is a full-scale replica of a mythical artist's studio made of cardboard, wood, glue, and flat black paint.

Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday with the Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site There will be remarks, followed by a wreath laying ceremony, with birthday cake and beverages available in the Wallace Visitor Center. More...

October 20
A New Series of National Park Service Interpretive Talks at Morton Memorial Library:  "Extracting the Truth from the Trade: The Delano Family at Home and in China" More...

October 28
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network will be hosting their 2016 Annual Conference on October 28- the topic is "Sensing History: Using the Senses to Access History, Engage Audiences, and Inspire Our Future". Register here

November 7
Celebrate 100 years with National Park Service and join the  FDR Presidential Library and Museum for a day-long conference on conserving our parks and the Hudson River Valley for the next 100 years. Register here

November 17
A New Series of National Park Service Interpretive Talks at Morton Memorial Library:  "Defending Sara Roosevelt: How Narratives Change What We Know and How We Feel" More...

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Green Tip Of The Month GreenTip
Autumn Green Tips

The Hudson River Valley is an amazing place to see the leaves change to their vibrant fall oranges and reds. Unfortunately, along with those beautiful leaves comes yard work. Here is a list of ways to tackle your lawns and gardens this fall while keeping Mother Nature in mind. 

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