An early morning at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on the first chilly day of fall resulted in beautiful mist burning off of Rondout Creek in the morning sunshine. The restored 1929 ketch Belle Aventure can be seen at dock.
HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM and TROLLEY MUSEUM of NEW YORK to HOST 9/11 COMMEMORATION WEEKEND EVENTS
KINGSTON, NY – On Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Trolley Museum of New York will host a joint commemoration weekend to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Historic fireboat John J. Harvey will be docked at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on both days. The Harvey is the retired FDNY fireboat that assisted with the evacuation of lower Manhattan on 9/11, and pumped water to fight the World Trade Center site fires. Free public deck tours will be offered on Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, there will be a ceremonial “reading of the roll” to remember the over 400 first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
HRMM will offer free museum admission to first responders and their families, and a $2 discount off all museum admission rates for the general public on both Saturday and Sunday. The museum will present multiple screenings of Eyepop Productions 12-minute documentary film Boatlift in HRMM’s Kingston Home Port and Education Center, and will host other “courage and rescue” themed activities throughout the weekend.
The Trolley Museum of New York will hold a formal 12:00 noon dedication ceremony on Sunday with City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble for its PATH train car 143, the “last car” that had been parked underneath the World Trade Center on 9/11. The Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum of Kingston will display vintage fire equipment in the TMNY parking lot.
A full schedule of events for this weekend can be found at: http://www.hrmm.org/september-11th-memorial.html. Times and activities are subject to change.
The 115-foot long Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre, on its Expedition America 2016 tour, also will be docked at HRMM and open for deck tours (by admission fee) on Saturday, September 10. However, in deference to the solemnity of the September 11 events, the Draken ship will be closed to the public on Sunday.
For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, visit www.hrmm.org, Like HRMM on Facebook, or call 845.338.0071 ext. 15. For more information about the Trolley Museum of New York, visit www.tmny.org or call 845.331.3399. For more information about fireboat John J. Harvey, visit www.fireboat.org.
About the museum: Located along the historic Rondout Creek waterfront in downtown Kingston, NY, 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. In 2016, HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School.
By Ellie Burhans, Social Media and Membership Coordinator
The warmer weather has brought a flurry of activity here at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Our opening in May was a welcome change of pace as we shifted from preparing for the summer season, to hosting school groups, rowers, lectures and films. In 2016, we added three new exhibits – Wooden Boat Buildings, Caves and Kilns, and Rowing on the Hudson. It will be the last year for the popular exhibits Tug Boats: Workhorses of the Hudson and The Lighthouses of the Hudson. If you haven’t seen them yet, the summer season is your last chance!
In May, we hosted our Hudson River Stewards program in partnership with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the Onrust Project. This program is a Common Core aligned comprehensive history and environmental education program that combines in-class document analysis with an on-site field trip. This year, four local school districts participated making it our largest education program yet! For an in-depth analysis of the 2015 program, please read our Hudson River Stewards Report. We are still working on our 2016 report and will post when available.
Our 2016 Lecture Series is in full-swing with record attendance. Due to the Clearwater restoration project, we are hosting our Wednesday evening lectures next door at the Riverport Wooden Boat School. Our next lecture on June 15th will be the showing of Jon Bowermaster’s The Hudson: A River at Risk which examines the boom in transportation of crude oil down the river by barge and rail car, nuclear power plant at Indian Point and the impacts of the largest construction project in North America. For our complete schedule, please click here.
We are looking towards our 2016 Hudson River Day. This is a fun, family-friendly event, a celebration of the river and HRMM’s gift back to the community. This free, public event features heritage vessels, local vendors, river- and history-related nonprofits, children's activities, live music, food, and more. Each year HRMM also offers discounted admission to the museum on Hudson River Day. Admission prices drop to $15 for family admission, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors. Children are FREE (must be accompanied by an adult). HRMM members and active duty military are always free. For a complete list of vendors, activities and river cruises, please visit our Hudson River Day website!
By Ellie Burhans, Social Media Manager and Membership Coordinator
This week the Kingston High School Varsity Crew Team and the Rondout Rowing Club took to the museum courtyard! Our good friends worked hard inspecting their boats for the season. Our special team of volunteers also put our docks in the water - possibly as early as they have ever been in the water! The Hudson River Maritime Museum is getting ready for the fast approaching summer season. Make sure to book your docking accommodations as they will likely fill up quickly this year. Thanks to Lana Chassman who took the photos below.
By: Ellie Burhans, Social Media Manager and Membership Coordinator
Tuesday, March 15th, the Hudson River Maritime Museum welcomed new and returning volunteers for orientation, training and a potluck luncheon. Our volunteers got a sneak peak of brand new exhibits and some of the improvements we’ve made to old favorites. After training, we all had a fantastic lunch in the new classroom at the Riverport River Boat School.
This was the first of the two or three or sometimes even four volunteer events we have yearly. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here or email email@example.com.
Thank you to all of those who attended and to those who brought so many delicious dishes!
The Onrust, a replica 1614 Dutch yacht, is now at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where she will spend the winter. HRMM is proud to partner with the Onrust Project to help promote Dutch and maritime history throughout the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys.
New NY Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie holds a press conference at the Hudson River Maritime Museum as part of his tour of all the districts of New York state.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum will tentatively close on Wednesday, September 2nd for the installation of brand new solar panels on the roof. During this time the museum will be without power, but the Kingston Home Port and Education Center will still have power and the 7 pm lecture with Frank Almquist will still be held that evening.
This closure date has not yet been confirmed by Central Hudson. Please check our website, our Facebook page, or call before visiting in the event that the date is changed.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to reopening on Thursday, September 3rd on solar power!
KINGSTON, NY --- If you come down to the historic waterfront district, known as the Rondout or the Strand to locals, and walk past 50 Rondout Landing, you will be impressed with the amount of activity going on, even though the temperatures have not become steady yet.
Courtyard gardens have been pruned; sturdy docks are being built or installed; entryway window boxes have been planted; the Museum’s Gift Shop is being stocked with historical books, children’s favorites, a variety of postcards and keepsakes of the Hudson, t-shirts and hats with HRMM logos, and even repurposed sailcloth transformed into chic totes are ready to become a favorite carry-all.
Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 am, marks the official opening to the 2015 season, and judging from the enthusiastic response thus far (from periodic drop-ins, the board, volunteers and staff) 2015 is sure to be one to remember for many reasons. Not only is it the Museum’s 35th anniversary (1980-2015), this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rondout Light (1915-2015), owned by the City of Kingston and maintained, in partnership, with the Hudson River Maritime Museum.
Lighthouses of the Hudson, sponsored solely by Rondout Savings Bank, is the featured exhibit, and depicts thirteen lighthouses that once populated the river; there are only seven of these structures standing today. Rondout Savings Bank President and CEO Jim Davenport states that its 2015 sponsorship of the “Lighthouses of the Hudson” exhibit “takes the bank’s long-term relationship with the Hudson River Maritime Museum to an even higher level” adding, “what a perfect match – a special exhibit sponsorship that joins three entities with a rich and common history …” Cheryl Bowers, Vice President and COO notes that Rondout’s “Dividend to the Community Program”… assigns special value to programs that educate, enlighten and build pride in the communities it serves. Our lighthouse logo has served the Bank well as it represents each of the core traits and values we embrace and live by.”
Since the Hudson River was the main highway between New York and Albany, for many years, everything was transported by way of the river. It became necessary for dangerous places to be designated with warning lights or lanterns on poles. These lights eventually translated into actual structures or lighthouses, some with residential keepers and their families.
These lighthouse keepers had a noble mission – “to never let the light go out”. The keeper also had to record the supplies used, the sun’s rise and setting, weather conditions, any visitors, rescues or unusual events. The government issued very specific orders for the lighthouse keeper’s routine, actions to take under certain circumstances, and specific rations. As a result, we are provided with a first-hand glimpse into 19th and 20th century history, and to a long-gone but not forgotten way of life on the Hudson.
Depicted in this exhibit are the Stuyvesant Lighthouse; Coxsackie Lighthouse; Four-Mile Point Lighthouse; Hudson-Athens Lighthouse; Saugerties Lighthouse; Rondout Lighthouse; Esopus Meadows Lighthouse; West Point Lighthouse; Stony Point Lighthouse; Rockland Lake Lighthouse; Tarrytown (Sleepy Hollow) Lighthouse; and the Little Red Lighthouse, made famous by Hildegarde Swift’s 1942 book, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge”. A reproduction of Woodstock artist Charles Rosen’s 1937 mural map of the Hudson River, which is displayed in the Beacon, NY post office, serves as a picturesque backdrop and site map to the lighthouse display.
A photo-collage shows the “before restoration” and “present day” images of Saugerties, Hudson-Athens, Rondout and Esopus Meadows Lighthouses. Four-Mile Point Preserve, Stuyvesant and Coxsackie were replaced with a light on an iron skeleton frame. Archival photographs of the keepers and their families, sometimes accompanied by the pet rooster or dog, also bring a certain humanity to these lone architectural structures on the water.
One of the more fascinating archival items in the exhibit is the well-known Rondout Light-keeper Mrs. Catherine Murdock’s scrapbook (represented by a replica since the upright installation of the actual book would be too risky for the aging artifact). Seeing her newspaper clippings arranged spatially like a jigsaw puzzle rather than in “date order” is fascinating.
A handcrafted model of the second Rondout Lighthouse, literally created from a visual blueprint by volunteer and master carpenter Ron Searl, is one of the highpoints of the exhibition. Searl, who was a master carpenter at the American Museum of Natural History for twenty-five years before retiring, used an archival photo in the Museum’s collection is to re-create a structure much like that of the second Rondout Light during Mrs. Murdock’s heyday as female light-keeper. All that remains today at the Rondout Creek’s mouth is the circular footprint of this second lighthouse’s bluestone foundation.
Even a bit of “hands-on” science and physics is incorporated into the exhibit; Russell Lange, Executive Director, has installed a display about the Fresnel lens, prisms and light magnification.
As a compliment, five of the ten scheduled “Follow the River Lecture and Film Series” presentations will focus on regional lighthouses. Esopus Meadows Lighthouse President Barbara J. Ralston will present the first lecture of the season: “Scrape & Paint: The Story of Saving Esopus Meadows Lighthouse” on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:00 pm. Ralston’s presentation will be held in the Kingston Home Port and Education Center at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401.
For more information, visit www.hrmm.org or call 845.338.0071, ext. 15.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Notice of Request for Proposals
The Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) is inviting proposals from qualified firms for the design and installation of a fully operational photovoltaic (solar) energy system for the East Gallery roof of the Museum.
The proposals shall be received by May 8, 2015, by mail or in person at the Hudson River Maritime Museum Offices at 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, New York, 12401, until 4:00 PM.
A detailed Request for Proposals, which includes a process to schedule site visits and ask clarifying questions, is available at the offices of the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, New York, 12401, or on this page (see below). Inquiries should be made to Heidi Kitlas, Development Director, at 845-338-0071, ext 17.
Funding for this project comes in part from an Environmental Protection Fund grant administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Under Article 15A, Executive Law, the State of New York is committed to providing Minority and Women Owned Business (MWBE) equal opportunity to participate in government contracts. The following goals have been set for this project: 9% of the grant value of MBE’s and 6% of the grant value for WBE’s.
Proposals will be ranked on the basis of responsiveness of the proposals to the Request and work specified therein. The HRMM reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, as well as incomplete proposals.
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.
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