The Hudson River Maritime Museum is seeking volunteer docents at the Rondout Lighthouse. Qualified applicants will spend a weekend afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. enjoying the river views while teaching visitors about the Rondout Lighthouse and its keepers. Training is provided.The lighthouse is accessible only by ferry, which operates from the museum’s dock. Tour groups are small, with a maximum of six visitors per trip. Tours last about 30 minutes.
Applicants should be able to handle boarding the ferry and climbing the stairs at the lighthouse, be able to read and retain detailed information, and be comfortable speaking to the public. For a volunteer application, visit www.hrmm.org/volunteer or email Director of Education Sarah Wassberg at email@example.com, or call (845) 338-0071, ext. 16. The museum also has other tour guide opportunities as well.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is excited to announce that Emily Chichon, of our Riverport Wooden Boat School, is featured in an article in the July issue of Chronogram! Emily is an original member of HRMM's team of shipwrights and a competitor in the Hudson River National Boat Building Challenge on Hudson River Day.
Emily has extensive boatbuilding experience, having worked on some very impressive and iconic vessels: the Hudson River sloop Clearwater, the Beacon Sloop Club’s beloved Woody Guthrie and the Commander, the oldest surviving wooden boat to have served in World War I as a balloon-spotter.
The July issue of Chronogram is on newsstands now, or you can read the article online.
This just in: The Hudson River Maritime Museum has received word that the 2009 replica ship El Galeon Andalucia will be docking at the Museum and will be open to the public for deck tours Saturday, August 5th through Tuesday, August 8th. Deck tours will be available for adults ($10), children aged 5-11 ($5), and free for children under the age of 5. She is also available to stage special dinner events or corporate presentations which can be coordinated through the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Details coming soon!
The Galeon Andalucia is a replica ship built in 2009 modeled after the type of vessel used by the Spanish Crown for maritime expeditions during the 16th through the 18th centuries. Galleons were intended to discover and then establish trade routes between Spain, America and the Philippines islands. These merchant vessels were armed with tonnages ranging from 500 to 1,200 and lengths ranging from 130 to 200 feet. Considered innovative for their time, they were designed to cross the largest oceans as efficiently as possible.
Researchers required three years to compile all the necessary information about galleons' shapes, details, and measures so that a replica could be built. The historical research done in maritime archives in Spain was followed by structural design, which took six months. Construction of the vessel lasted over seventeen months and employed 150 people until her launching in Punta Umbria (Huelva, Spain) in November of 2009. The replica was designed and built by Ignacio Fernandez Vial, a navel engineer and historian, commissioned by the ship's owner, Nao Victoria Foundation.
During construction the hull and decks were built up in layers of fiberglass and after that the whole structure was lined with wood. This completely original and innovative technique was the first time this method was applied to any ship heavier than 500 tons meant for sailing.
Since her launching, a crew of fifteen to thirty-five people have manned her across the seas and oceans of the world. She has navigated the Pacific and Indian Oceans, crossed the Atlantic, and traveled the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the South and East China Seas, the Aegean Sea and the Caribbean.
Some facts about the El Galeon Andalucia:
On Saturday, June 24th, the Hudson River Maritime Museum hosted our first Hudson River National Boat Building Challenge on Hudson River Day! Eleven adult teams and one youth team competed to build a wooden row-boat in under four hours. Community support for the event was great, with over fifteen sponsors.
Boats were judged on speed of competition, quality of build, and a timed relay rowing race on the Rondout Creek. Our esteemed judges included Jim Kricker, Director of the Riverport Wooden Boat School here at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Wayne Bartow, Director of the Hudson River Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, and Andrew Willner, Senior Instructor of the Riverport Wooden Boat School.
Team Caduceus, comprising of Jeff Arliss and HRMM's Jack Weeks, took third place! Arliss practices medicine in Kingston and lives in New Paltz. Weeks, who lives in Eddyville, is a longtime board member of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and a timber framer with some boatbuilding experience.
Coming in at second place was the Rifton Rascals - Eric Flavin amd Brandon Craig! Flavin is a longtime New Paltz resident and known for being able to build "anything at anytime". When he's not building something, he enjoys hiking in New Hampshire with his daughter. Brandon Craig is the future son-in-law of Eric and is hoping to stay in good favor with his future father-in-law by not injuring him in this challenge. No injuries were had and the team had fun!
Our first place team, Carolina Flare, hails from North Carolina. Comprised of Bobby Staab and Josh Fulp, the team was first to finish their boat. Sporting an ever-present mustache and the same "Challenge" shorts worn during every competition, Bobby Staab notes the one time he stayed awake more than three hours, he pressure washed and stained a deck; painted the house; cut the grass; and changed the spark plugs in all his neighbors' cars! Josh Fulp is a General Contractor who got his first skill saw when he was twenty-four months old. Boatbuilding lore has it that Fulp keeps extra fasteners and a few tools tucked in his beard!
Congratulations to all our teams! Building a wooden boat in under four hours is a gigantic accomplishment and a lot of hard work.
Below is a photo gallery of the day's event.
Despite the unseasonably chilly weather and all-day drizzle, an intrepid crew turned out for our Cement Industry car tour today. We started with a delicious pancake breakfast at the Ponckhockie Congregational Church, which was built by the Newark Lime & Cement Company in 1870 for their employees and neighborhood residents. We learned about the church's long heritage starting as a Sunday school in the 1850s, and its unique construction.
Next, we headed up to the top of Hasbrouck Park overlooking the Hudson and learned more about the Newark Lime & Cement Company, its formation, and viewed some historic images of the company's cement mines and kilns.
At this point thoroughly chilled, we headed back down along the Strand and out to Rosendale for a delicious lunch at the 1850 House and Inn. Our gracious hosts had the fires and heaters lit for us and laid a delicious spread. We had a lovely time and even got a brief history lesson about the inn itself and explored the beautiful rooms upstairs.
Finally, we headed just up the road to the Century House Museum and Widow Jane Mine at the A.J. Snyder Estate, where we learned all about natural cement, from its geological origins with the formation of Pangea, to the end of natural cement mining in the 1940s, to the adaptive reuse of former cement mines for everything from growing mushrooms to escaping potential nuclear blasts.
We ended the day with a trek down to the Widow Jane Mine:
Did you miss out on this awesome tour? You can visit the Century House Museum, Hasbrouck Park, and the Ponckhockie Congregational Church yourself.
Century House Museum is open for guided tours, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sundays starting tomorrow, May 14, 2017, and the grounds are open for self-guided tours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily.
Hasbrouck Park is open daily for self-guided tours. There are a number of trails to explore. The view from the top is spectacular!
The Ponckhockie Congregational Church is still an active church, so they're not generally open except on Sundays, but you can visit and hear their amazing 19th century organ every Sunday. Donations are always appreciated.
And of course you can visit (and stay at!) the 1850 House & Inn. The tavern is open Wednesday through Sunday at 4:00 PM and you can book a room any time.
If you are interested in other local history tours with HRMM, check out these upcoming options:
KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the election of its new Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the museum’s governing body.
Returning Treasurer William Ryan is joined by a new slate of officers: President Robert Burhans; First Vice President Mark Peckham; Second Vice President Francesca Szabadi; and Secretary Dan Proctor.
Outgoing Board President Allan Bowdery expresses confidence in the future of the museum, its mission and goals. “With the election of this invigorated Executive Committee, this Board will be working in concert with our recently appointed Executive Director, Lisa Cline, who had served as Chief Operating Officer for the past year. The museum as a whole will continue to raise the bar, so to speak, for providing education and preservation of the history and vitality of the Hudson Valley region.”
Newly elected Board President Robert Burhans wants to thank outgoing Board officers, Allan Bowdery, Jack Weeks and Ian Westergren, for all of their hard work overseeing the dramatic growth of the museum during the last two years. He also is excited and looking forward to working with the new Executive Committee and with Executive Director Lisa Cline.
Executive Director Cline adds her enthusiasm for the upcoming 2017 season. “The staff, volunteers and Board members of the museum have been organizing an impressive array of classes in our Riverport Wooden Boat School; continuing restoration work on the sloop Woody Guthrie; completing renovations and upgrades to our campus facility; planning our ‘Follow the River’ Lecture and Film Series; and scheduling educational offerings, including the successful inauguration of our new monthly Sunday Family Program as well as our innovative Hudson River Stewards program.
We have a reinvigorated membership structure and an exciting February benefit evening with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. And of course, we are planning our annual Hudson River Day – Get Out on the River! event along with the First Annual Boatbuilding Challenge, both scheduled for Saturday, June 24.”
Robert L. Burhans – President
Bob Burhans retired in 2010 from the NYS Department of Health with 34 years of public and environmental health experience at both the State and local levels. After 9/11 he was appointed as New York’s first Director of Health Emergency Preparedness, leading the State’s efforts to prepare the public health and healthcare sectors to be ready to respond to health emergencies. Burhans is currently Senior Executive for Health Emergency Management for Tetra Tech EMCR and has been actively involved in the development of the NHSPI (National Health Security Preparedness Index). He is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the NHSPI, and has managed projects and programs with budgets ranging from $24,000 to $47.5 million.
First Vice President – Mark Peckham
Mark Peckham has recently retired from a long career in Historic Preservation, including serving in positions involved with urban conservation and architecture. From 1983 until 2015, he worked for the New York State Division for Historic Preservation in several capacities, and also was an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Member. He shares a great love for boating, paddling, sailing, wreck diving and has experience in building and sailing replicas. Peckham also counts writing, storytelling, drawing, painting and ship model restoration among his beloved hobbies.
Second Vice President – Francesca Szabadi
Francesca Szabadi, a resident of Hurley, is executive administrative officer and corporate secretary for the governing board of Rondout Savings Bank. Prior to this position, Szabadi was responsible for arts administration of the Al Held Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University, and is a 2015 graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute. Szabadi has volunteered for various not-for-profits, including the United Way of Ulster County, and has served on the Mid-Hudson Advisory Committee for Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Not only is she a museum enthusiast, Szabadi is an avid rower and sits on the Board of the Rondout Rowing Club.
Treasurer – William Ryan
William Ryan brings over 31 years of senior level IBM management to the museum as well as his current expertise as Regional Director for AcBel Polytech Inc., a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer. Born in Kingston, Ryan graduated from Kingston High School, and received his BS in Physics and MBA in Finance from Marist College. His current community board relationships, besides HRMM, include Director, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; President, Hurley Cemetery Association; and Treasurer, Wiltwyck Hose Co. Ryan plays tennis, bikes and is a member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. William Ryan remains in his HRMM Executive Committee position as Treasurer.
Secretary – Dan Proctor
Dan Proctor offers a demonstrated capability to manage organizational change, optimize organizational form to function, and lead as well as improve complex private and federal organizations. His consulting firm, Proctor Robbins, LLC, continues this support to both the public and private sector. Having received his BA in Economics from the University of Georgia, Proctor continued his studies and received his MBA in Organizational Design from George Mason University and then his MA in Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College. Serving for 10 years USN Enlisted, he was 17 years as an USN Officer, and retired in 2000 as a Commander/O5 which involved planning, resourcing and directing Special Warfare operations and centers worldwide.
KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum will host a special evening of dinner, music and dancing, featuring renowned musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason on Sunday, February 26, 2017, as a fitting culmination to the museum’s second annual membership drive.
The benefit evening will be held at Ole Savannah Southern Table & Bar in the historic Cornell Building, formerly the boiler shop of the Cornell Steamboat Company, which is located at 100 Rondout Landing, next to the museum on the historic Rondout Creek.
“Having such cherished musicians as Jay and Molly lead an evening filled with music and dancing is a huge honor,” notes Ellie Burhans, Social Media and Membership Coordinator. “Members are the life-blood of this museum, and we could not offer our educational programs for adults and children without our members’ financial and volunteer support.”
From 3:00pm to 5:00pm, the museum will host an open house in its Riverport Wooden Boat School to meet the shipwrights leading the “YouthBoat” education program for teens. Beginning at 4:00 pm guests can transition to Ole Savannah where a special buffet will be provided. Jay and Molly will perform throughout the evening until 7:00 pm.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s “Show the Museum Some Love” membership drive has set a goal of 100 new members to join the museum’s community. Throughout the month, the museum will offer special gift memberships sent with an exclusive bumper magnet and Valentines.
Tickers are on sale now! Tickets are $35 and include a complimentary Basic membership for the purchaser or to give as a gift.
For any questions on how to become a member or purchase tickets, please contact Ellie Burhans at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-338-0081 ext 19.
KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a special lecture celebrating Black History Month on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 2:30 pm in the museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School classroom.
“Black Maritime Workers in Early America: Challenging Slavery and Shaping Freedom Then and Now” is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5; HRMM members are free.
Dr. Craig Marin, Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies at SEA or Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA, will be connecting Early American history experiences for black maritime workers to modern accomplishments and continued challenges for African Americans. Dr. Marin will use maritime stories uncovered in his research that will further illuminate the circumstances of Africans and African Americans in the maritime world during the age of sail.
For more information about the lecture, please contact Lana Chassman, email@example.com, call 845.338.0071 ext. 15
ANNUAL MITTEN TREE APPEAL LAUNCHED and EXPANDED BY HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM
Winter Weather Accessories & Fishing Equipment Requested
KINGSTON, NY – As part of its annual “Mitten Tree” appeal, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is accepting donations of NEW winter weather accessories such as warm mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. These will be distributed to local children in need. Having these necessary items available will allow children without proper winter attire to join their friends and classmates during outdoor time even in the winter months.
For the first time, the museum has received an additional special request for donations of new or slightly used fishing poles and reels to benefit residents at a local youth organization. All equipment must be in good working order.
HRMM Education Coordinator Rita Carr, who is organizing this year’s community project, felt this request was a great supplement to the annual holiday “Mitten Tree” drive, noting that “some of these teens said that they want to be able to go fishing more than they want food or clothing. And this request reflects our mission of community access to the river, education and preserving the rich history of fishing on the Hudson!”
The museum will be accepting both kinds of donations which will be displayed in the museum’s East Gallery (for the “Fishing Tree”) and Gift Shop (for the “Mitten Tree”):
at the museum Gift Shop - Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm until Sunday, December 18. The museum and Museum Gift Shop will re-open on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
at the museum’s administrative offices - Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until Friday, December 23. The offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Donations will be delivered by mid-January 2017.
For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, please visit www.hrmm.org, Like HRMM on Facebook, or call 845.338.0071 ext. 15.
October 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lana Chassman
Director of Public Relations
845.338.0071 x 15
HRMM’S RIVERPORT WOODEN BOAT SCHOOL
LAUNCHES FUND DRIVE FOR ITS YOUTHBOAT PROGRAM
KINGSTON, NY - HRMM Executive Director, Lisa Cline, announces a “pre-launch” fund drive for a new Riverport Wooden Boat School program – Riverport YouthBoat – designed for middle and high school students enrolled in alternative education programs.
“To help the museum off-set the costs of necessary tools and supplies, we have decided to host an impromptu fund drive! The generous support of our community will help make this YouthBoat program a success for these teens,” says Cline.
Riverport YouthBoat is the Museum’s latest offering to area youth, and designed to build character and develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through wooden boatbuilding projects and on-the-water activities. Students from diverse backgrounds will work alongside experienced craftsmen to learn and problem-solve in a challenging and innovative hands-on environment, complementing classroom learning.
RWBS staff member, Wayne Ford, a graduate of the Rockport Apprentice Shop in Maine and shipwright for over twenty years, will work with these Ulster County BOCES students and area students in this afterschool program to build a 12-foot New England wherry.
The museum will accept any of the following items – in good-working order -- or monetary donations ear-marked for specific tools. Contributions will be acknowledged in the shop.
Please contact Lisa Cline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845.338.0071 x 20 regarding contributions to the museum’s new Riverport YouthBoat Program. ###
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
Become a member and receive benefits like unlimited free museum admission, discounts on classes, programs, and in the museum store, plus invitations to members-only events.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum receives no federal, state, or municipal funding except through competitive, project-based grants. Your donation helps support our mission of education and preservation.