Solaris Sets Sails for Catskill
On August 18th, 2022, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is taking its 100% solar-powered tour boat to Catskill for a one-night-only maritime history tour focused on Greene County.
Solaris is the only 100% solar-powered commercial passenger vessel approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for educational and private tours in the United States. The boat runs entirely without fossil fuel, and can travel up to 50 miles at night without the use of her solar panels. Built in 2018 by the Hudson River Maritime Museum, Solaris is a fully-operational example of the future of renewable energy transportation.
Usually docked at the Kingston Waterfront in Kingston, NY, Solaris is sailing north on August 18th as part of the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s “Riverwise” program.
This program was originally designed in response to the limitations of COVID, one of the many innovative reinventions by museums and educational institutions in the Hudson Valley. Throughout the summer of 2020, Solaris sailed from Albany to New York City, stopping at ports and points of interest along the way. The public was able to follow the tour boat by the interactive map and captain’s log on the museum’s website, as well as engage with livestreams, videos, photos, activities, and blog posts shared along the way.
The “Riverwise” program continues today as a way of sharing the maritime history of the Hudson Valley with more distant ports of call - locations such as Catskill, where Solaris will be offering tours in August. The tours will include an informal chat with Greene County historian Jon Palmer, who will talk about the specific history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the related industries in the Catskills region.
Those interested in reserving a seat on Solaris for the evening of August 18th should do so in advance, as both tours and seating is limited. The tours will set sail from Dutchman’s Landing Park in Catskill, NY at 6pm and then again at 7:30pm. Each tour is an hour long. Tickets are a flat fee of $20 per person, and can be purchased in advance through the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s website, www.hrmm.org.
To learn more about the Hudson River Maritime Museum or Solaris, visit www.hrmm.org. To learn about the “Riverwise” program, visit www.hudsonriverwise.org.
Museum Hosts Virtual Lecture on "Indigenous Removal in the Hudson Valley During the French & Indian War"
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming lecture “Indigenous Removal in the Hudson Valley During the French & Indian War,” held in-person on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM.
The lecture will discuss an attempt by the colonial governments of New York and New Jersey, as well as Sir William Johnson, the British superintendent of Indian affairs, to remove members of Algonquian-speaking Native groups from the wider Hudson Valley region during the Seven Years’ War (1754-63). Acting in an atmosphere of crisis and widespread paranoia among the colonial population, government officials came to exploit and exaggerate individual acts of violence against members of local Native groups to encourage their resettlement first among the Mohawks and subsequently farther afield.
Dr. Tom Mitrod discusses an attempt by the colonial governments of New York and New Jersey, as well as Sir William Johnson, the British superintendent of Indian affairs, to remove members of Algonquian-speaking Native groups from the wider Hudson Valley region during the Seven Years’ War, also known as the French and Indian War, which took place from 1754-63. As the crisis of war and paranoia spread among the colonial population, government officials exploited and exaggerated individual acts of violence against local Native groups to encourage them to leave the Hudson Valley, resettling first among the Mohawks and later farther west.
Tom Arne Midtrød is an associate professor of early American history at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He is author of the book The Memory of All Ancient Customs: Native American Diplomacy in the Colonial Hudson Valley.
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
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