“Shipping News” of the Rondout vol. 3 no. 1 2012
Inside the Hudson River Maritime Museum
Visiting a museum is something that becomes a habit. Each time you go into the galleries, you see something that you hadn’t seen or known before; it’s similar to reading a classic book again or listening to a favorite symphony over and over. The nuances or certain finer particularities become more evident the more often one partakes in the experience; it’s like reuniting with old friends.
The exhibits in the West Gallery of the Hudson River Maritime Museum change every year so that those who visit can continue to learn from, and enjoy, selections from the permanent collections of the museum. This past year the exhibit was “The Face of Work in the Hudson Valley,” presenting about 150 years of the history and philosophical concept of work in this region. These historical references were displayed through photographs, archival film, artifacts and ephemera from the museum’s permanent collection as well as items loaned from local collectors. Since this high-quality exhibit was met with such enthusiasm, the decision has been made to make some interesting and slight modifications, and continue the dialogue on what it means to work and have a job in this region. “The Face of Work in the Hudson Valley – Part Two” will open Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Over the years, the Hudson River Maritime Museum has continued to mount exhibits which reflect the mission of the institution. Other recent popular exhibits have been: “Steam on the River: Hudson River Steamboat Paintings,” and the “Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909” which was mounted on the occasion of the Quadricentennial celebration. Earlier exhibits included, “Fire and Ice: The Brick and Ice Industries in the Hudson River,” “Rowing on the River,” “Thomas Cornell and the Cornell Steamboat Company,” “Cargoes and Carriers,” and “Boatbuilding on the Hudson.”
In the museum’s large East Gallery are ongoing exhibits on the steamboat Mary Powell, Hudson River Day Line, Hudson River Ferries, Iceboats, Tugboats, Ice Harvesting, the Brick Industry, the Rondout Lighthouse, and The Changing River which displays two live specimen tanks with turtles and small fish.
The image below shows the inviting “Ferry Entrance” gallery which allows museum visitors to enter and experience “waiting” for the next ferry scheduled to cross the river. Visitors of all ages find this a fun activity. And watching – and counting – the six rotations on the lighthouse model indicate that one is surely at the mouth of the Rondout Creek. Making a brick rubbing to take home is another experience one can savor.
Join us in 2012 for these and more engaging experiences. We’re always changing, and we look forward to greeting you at the Maritime Museum.
Reprinted with permission from Kingston Times / Ulster Publishing