July Climate Change Cruises Aboard Solaris
Kingston N.Y. - The Hudson River Maritime Museum is happy to announce programs conducted aboard our 100% Solar Powered vessel Solaris. Programs depart from the Museum docks from Thursday to Sunday, and on Sunday from our Rhinecliff dock. Tours of the Rondout Lighthouse, cruises on the Rondout Creek, and programs on "Wrecked and Abandoned" vessels in the area will be offered regularly, alongside guest presentations of "Indigenous Life" by Justin Wexler, "Children's and Adults Storytelling" by Karen Pillsworth, and Sunset Cruises. Live Music Cruises will be available on Thursday nights.
Some unique programs offered this month include "Climate Change Education" cruises on the 10th and 17th of July, covering Risks and Adaptation to climate change and sea level rise in the Hudson Valley.
See Solarboattours.org for more information.
Solaris is a 100% solar-powered vessel built by the Hudson River Maritime Museum. It does not require fossil fuels to operate. Designed by marine architect Dave Gerr from a concept developed by David Borton, owner of Sustainable Energy, our tour boat is commercial in design, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard regulations for commercial passenger-carrying vessels. She 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. Solaris is used for educational programs, public tours, and private charters and events. With near-silent running, low wake, and no engine fumes, Solaris makes the ideal "floating classroom" for children and the general public alike.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related communities. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard its floating classroom, Solaris. The museum is located along the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston.
Museum Hosts Virtual Lecture;“Warning Signs: Climate Change in the Hudson Valley
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming lecture “Warning Signs: Climate Change in the Hudson Valley,” held in-person on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM.
The signs of climate change are all around us; rising sea levels, more frequent and severe storms, heatwaves, and droughts are becoming the norm both globally, and right here in the Hudson Valley. Scientists warn that we must take significant action this decade to save ourselves from the most serious consequences of a warming earth. Learn what the HRMM is doing to educate the public about the causes, consequences, and actions that we can take to meet this challenge with its new exhibit, Warming Signs: Climate Change in the Hudson Valley. Participants will have the opportunity to tour both the new indoor and outdoor exhibits which are scheduled to open in June.
Russ Lange worked as a scientist and engineer at IBM for 40 years. He retired from the position of IBM Fellow and VP of Technology Strategy. He became interested in climate change in the early 80s while at IBM Research. In 2006 Russ became the Executive Director for HRMM and has been involved in its leadership in various capacities since. His special interest is exhibit development and has been involved, together with his wife and other teams, in the creation of over 25 exhibits at HRMM, The Newburgh Historical Society, The D&H Canal Museum and IBM.
Meg Clark: With thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and environmental educator, Meg has a deep appreciation for the need to provide students with meaningful opportunities to explore their natural world. In her capacity as elementary science and math specialist for Ulster BOCES and the Kingston School district, she has written curricula, provided teacher training, and served as an adjunct professor for the School of Education at SUNY New Paltz. Her classroom experience has made her acutely aware of the capacity that we all have to impact children’s lives."
Tickets are $7 for the general public and free for Hudson River Maritime Museum members. To register, visit www.hrmm.org/lecture-series.
About the Follow the River Lecture Series
For more than a decade the Hudson River Maritime Museum's "Follow the River Lecture Series" has hosted historians, authors, and maritime experts for engaging illustrated talks on a variety of regional history and maritime subjects. In recent years, many of the lectures have also been recorded and are available on YouTube. For more information about upcoming lectures and to access recordings of past lectures, visit www.hrmm.org/lecture-series. The series is sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related communities. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation, and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard its floating classroom, Solaris. The museum is located along the historic Rondout waterfront in downtown Kingston. Visit www.hrmm.org for more information.
A conversation with Bill McKibben- climate change activist.
Kingston N.Y. - On Saturday, May 28th from 3PM to 5PM, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will be hosting an informal talk entitled 'A Conversation with Bill McKibben' in The Barn at the Museum's campus. In this open discussion, Bill will discuss his experience as a climate change activist, his books, and how ordinary people, especially of his generation, can get involved to make a difference in their communities.
What have we learned from the decades-long struggle to address the climate crisis? How are the impacts of climate change and the over-use of natural resources linked to social justice? How do we re-engage activism from people who are in their 60s and remind them of their American Dream and to fight for our common future?
Bill McKibben is one of our nation’s most influential environmental activists. He founded the global grassroots climate campaign 350.org, serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, has won the Gandhi Peace Prize, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish Parliament – sometimes called the alternative Nobel – and was the recipient of the annual Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.
Bill is a prolific writer and has penned over 20 books–including The End of Nature (1989) regarded as the first book for a general audience about global warming. His new book, The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened, is a call-to-arms. He digs deep into our history and the environmental crisis and takes an honest look at how our country may have failed to realize the mythic American Dream of the 1950's for many of its citizens.
This event is free to the public, but attendees are encouraged to make reservations as seating will be limited.
Tickets can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-bill-mckibben-tickets-321475731567.
Masks are encouraged for this in-person event.
Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
For more information, including museum hours and parking information, please visit www.hrmm.org.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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