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!
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.