In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's. Day of Service, the Hudson River Maritime Museum invites community members to visit the museum for a chance to learn more about volunteer opportunities with three local organizations; Historic Clearwater Sloop, Riverkeeper, and Hudson River Maritime Museum. Each organization will highlight 2020 volunteer opportunities that are available to the public. The Volunteer Open House represents an excellent chance for community members to meet members from each organization, attend information sessions, and register as a volunteer! This program supports the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, Water/Ways.
The program will run from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday, January 20th at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. There will be training and information sessions throughout the day. Community members are invited to explore the Water/Ways exhibit hosted in the East Gallery while on site. This program is free! No registration is required! Visit the Museum’s website www.hrmm.org/waterways for more information.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum will host the Water/Ways exhibition from January 11 to February 23, 2020. The museum’s open hours will be extended from four days a week to seven days a week during this exhibition, in order to give all Hudson Valley residents a chance to see it. The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only Hudson Valley location where this exhibition will be shown.
“We were so pleased to be one of only six museums in the state selected to host this amazing exhibit and we are excited to offer a number of public programs, including lectures, family programs, and community forums, for Hudson Valley residents to explore,” said Lisa Cline, Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.
For the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Water/Ways serves as an opportunity to discuss not only the impact of the Hudson River on local and national society, but also to encourage members of the public to examine their own relationships to water: where it comes from, how they use it, and how their lives are or can be impacted by pollution and climate change.
“The Hudson River has long played an outsized role in American history,” said Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Director of Education at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. “Water/Ways allows us to look at our relationships to the Hudson and its tributaries from both historical and modern perspectives and fits in perfectly with our other exhibits.”
Members of the public are invited to attend a special Water/Ways Opening Reception on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per person and free for Hudson River Maritime Museum members. Registration for the Opening Reception is available at www.hrmm.org/waterways.
Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. Inaugural funding for the New York State tour was provided by the Smithsonian Institution, Hadley Exhibits, Inc., the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the New York State Canal Corporation.
Water/Ways was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils and museum associations across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Water/Ways and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.
More information about these programs, including registration, is available at www.hrmm.org/waterways.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper will be honored with the prestigious Roger W. Mabie award at the 2019 Pilot Gala held on Sunday, September 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
John Lipscomb became Riverkeeper’s boat captain in 2000. Having grown up in Irvington and Tarrytown, he learned to swim and sail in the Hudson River. In the early 1970’s, he apprenticed for “old time” WWII-era boat builders to learn wooden boat maintenance and repair at Petersen’s Boatyard in Nyack. In September of 2000, John began patrolling the Hudson for Riverkeeper aboard the “R. Ian Fletcher”, a 36-foot Chesapeake Bay style wooden vessel. He travels between New York Harbor and Troy, searching out and deterring polluters, monitoring tributaries and waterfront facilities, and taking regional decision makers and media out on the river so that “the river has a chance to advocate for itself.”
“John Lipscomb is one of the Hudson River’s strongest advocates,” says Lisa Cline, Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum. “We are so grateful for his dedication and it is our honor to celebrate his work at this year’s Pilot Gala.”
The Roger W. Mabie Award, named after founding father and former president Roger Mabie, was created to honor annually individuals who exemplify service to the Hudson Valley and its history.
To attend this fundraiser for the Hudson River Maritime Museum and to honor the important work of John Lipscomb, please RSVP at www.hrmm.org/pilot-gala.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is excited to announce the name of its 100% solar-powered 44-foot tour boat, the latest version of the Solar Sal series. After overwhelming community participation in a naming campaign and input from schools up and down the Hudson River, the museum’s naming committee, comprised of local elected officials, environmental groups, and partner organizations voted unanimously for Solaris.
Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker, this vessel is the only solar powered boat in operation on the Hudson River and does not require fossil fuels to operate. Names considered were two words or less, did not exclude or perpetuate harmful stereotypes, were not offensive, and were inspired by local history or environmentalism.
The new tour boat will allow the museum to expand its popular Rondout Lighthouse Tours, as well new history tours, trips to the Esopus Lighthouse, bird-watching trips, sunset cruises, and field trips to its on-the-water programming. The Solaris can accommodate up to 25 passengers and will be available for private charters and can be added on to any rental of the museum’s facilities.
Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, the Solar Sal-44 is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. In late 2018, the vessel passed her speed/range endurance test under the watchful eye of Coast Guard inspectors, using only reserve battery power. In early 2019, the vessel passed her stability test and received United States Coast Guard Certification. The Solaris can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries.
Support for this vessel comes from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Scenic Hudson, and Sustainable Energy Corp. If you have questions, or wish to support this unique vessel and its programming, please contact Executive Director Lisa Cline at 845-338-0071 ext. 20. More information on the tour boat and naming campaign can be found at www.hrmm.org/solar-boat-tours.html
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the purchase the 100% solar powered 44 foot tour boat the Solar Sal. Built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s restoration crew under the direction of Jim Kricker, this vessel is the only solar powered boat in operation on the Hudson River and does not require fossil fuels to operate.
Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, the Solar Sal is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. In late 2018, the vessel passed her speed/range endurance test under the watchful eye of Coast Guard inspectors, using only reserve battery power. The Solar Sal can travel up to fifty miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Even on cloudy days, the solar panels are so efficient that they continue to power the batteries.
The Solar Sal can accommodate up to 25 passengers and will allow the Hudson River Maritime Museum to expand water-based tour offerings in 2019, including lighthouse tours, school field trips, and charters. Full program schedule and ticketing information will be announced in February. Those interested in scheduling a school field trip or other private tours can contact us at 845-338-0071 ext. 16.
Support for this vessel comes from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Scenic Hudson, and Sustainable Energy Corp. The Hudson River Maritime Museum will be launching a community-based campaign to name the vessel in March. If you have questions, or wish to support this unique vessel and its programming, please contact Executive Director Lisa Cline at 845-338-0071 ext. 20.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to announce it has been awarded $430,000 from the State of New York to improve visitor experiences and access to the museum’s campus.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will provide funding through an Environmental Protection Grant. These competitive matching grants provide funding for the development of heritage areas in the state of New York. The Hudson River Maritime Museum will use these funds to improve visitor experience by making walkway improvements, improving energy efficiency, adding solar capacity, improving the museum façade, grounds, and streetscape, and integrating connections to the Kingston Greenway and the Empire State Trail.
Robert L. Burhans, President of the HRMM Board of Trustees said, “This has been a
great year for the museum, we received our Permanent Museum Charter from the New
York State Board of Regents, our Youthboat and Sailing schools are maturing and are
recognized for their great educational experiences. This was our 40th year of service, preservation, and cultural enrichment, and we are excited to begin another forty!”
“The Hudson River Maritime Museum is both a key part of the Rondout and an unrivaled resource for all Hudson River communities. This grant will assure their continued presence in the Rondout and give them the tools needed to develop robust climate change hardening while establishing a 21st century presence. This award is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both staff and volunteers,” says New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
“Through the Office of Economic Development, my administration has made it a priority to maximize the funding that local projects receive from state and federal grants. We do that by assisting with project formulation, connecting applicants with grant-writing expertise and advocating for Ulster County projects, but the lion’s share of the effort falls on each applicant. A hearty congratulation to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which has received a significant funding commitment to advance their work along the Rondout Creek in Kingston. The Rondout Riverport Phase 2 Project will help ensure a vital future for the Museum and the entire Kingston waterfront district in the face of challenges from climate change and sea level rise,” says Ulster County Executive Michael Hein.
“I whole-heartedly congratulate the Hudson River Maritime Museum on their CFA Award, which will assist in our shared vision to preserve Kingston’s important history, to be a responsible and sustainable community, to give access to all community members, and to grow in smart ways. I look forward to seeing all the improvements for the Museum’s continued success,” says City of Kingston Mayor, Steve Noble.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is proud to announce it has been granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents. The museum was awarded this charter at the Board of Regents’ October meeting in Albany, New York.
New York State requires all museums, historical societies, libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations to be chartered with the state’s Board of Regents to ensure high standards of educational programming, historic research, and compliance with state and federal law. An Absolute Charter is issued when the organization is both educationally sound and financially stable.
“We are proud to receive this recognition from the New York State Board of Regents,” says Lisa Cline, Executive Director. “It’s confirmation that we are providing innovative educational programming and have the support of the Hudson River Community. It shows that the Hudson River Maritime Museum has staying power. This is a great way to celebrate our upcoming 40th anniversary!”
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce Jon Bowermaster will be honored with the prestigious Roger W. Mabie award at the 2018 Pilot Gala held on Sunday, September 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741 mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films. Oceans 8 Films and the One Ocean Media Foundation originated in the Hudson Valley and the river and its beauty have been a backdrop of and inspiration to much of Jon’s work over the years. It is an environment to both be celebrated, and protected. Both films River at Risk and Hope on the Hudson were created to draw attention to some of the ongoing environmental concerns, including bomb trains loaded with crude oil coursing along its banks, the continued pollution by PCBs going back to the 1940s, the serious debate over the future of the nuclear power plant at Indian Point as well as the people who are working to preserve the River’s rich ecology and history.
“We are thrilled to honor Jon Bowermaster at our Pilot Gala,” says Lisa Cline, Executive Director of the Hudson River Maritime Museum. “We are all so fortunate that Jon, an internationally known documentarian, has focused his lens on our corner of the world, bringing attention to this region’s beauty, the risks we face and the work that is being done to preserve our Hudson River Valley.”
The Roger W. Mabie Award, named after founding father and former president Roger Mabie, was created to honor annually individuals who exemplify service to the Hudson Valley and its history.
To attend this fundraiser for the Hudson River Maritime Museum and to honor the important work of Jon Bowermaster, please RSVP at www.hrmm.org/pilot-gala.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is grateful for support from the Hudson Valley Greenway’s Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program. HRMM has received a Heritage Development Grant of $5,400 from the program to support the revival of the Hudson River Lighthouse Coalition - a partnership between HRMM and the organizations that operate the seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River.
The grant covers the development of a joint website for all the Hudson River lighthouses, a promotional rack card, and an online exhibit about the lost or “ghost” lighthouses of the Hudson River. Preliminary information, including basic history, images, and tourism information for all seven lighthouses plus the Statue of Liberty will be available at www.hudsonriverlighthouses.org by the end of June, 2018. Online exhibit will be available to the public by October, 2018.
In addition, HRMM has received sponsorship from the HRVNHA for the Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, July 14, 2018. The $1,000 sponsorship goes to offset costs and keep registration costs affordable for the general public.
Please join us in thanking the Hudson Valley Greenway and the Hudson River National Heritage Area program for their generous support.
We’re Featured on the NEW Hudson River Train Tour App!
Passengers on board Metro-North and Amtrak trains from New York City to Albany can now learn more about The Hudson River Maritime Museum on their smartphones using the new Hudson River Train Tour App, developed by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service.
The app gives rail travelers several tools to enhance their excursions through the Hudson Valley, including real-time mapping services, audio guides, and information on hundreds of parks, trails, historic sites, cultural destinations, and historic downtowns.
Travelers can click on “themes” such as: What’s Out the Window, which showcases sites seen from the train; Freedom & Dignity, highlighting the American Revolution, Underground Railroad, FDR and other major historical eras; Nature & Culture, focused on natural landscapes, artists, writers and architects; Corridor of Commerce, featuring early settlement and economic development; and the Voices of the Hudson, which contains historic audio stories.
The free mobile app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, or via Hudsonrivervalley.com/app. #HudsonRiverTrainTour
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