The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host “What is a Waterway Anyway?” with guest speaker Daniel Rinn, PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, on Sunday, January 19th, at 2 pm. This lecture is included with museum admission and part of the New York tour of the Water/Ways exhibition that is currently on view at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York (January 11-February 23, 2020). [Read more…] about Historic Waterways Focus of Special Albany Lecture
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of the Final Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan. The Hudson River National Estuarine Reserve is operated as a partnership between DEC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The plan provides a foundation to help manage four federally designated and state-protected sites along 100 miles of the estuary. [Read more…] about Final Hudson Estuarine Research Reserve Plan Released
The Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, TMI Project’s Black Stories Matter, the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, the Harambee Coalition, and the Kingston Land Trust/Pine Street African Burial Ground Project have announced they are seeking proposals for the Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley, Saturday, October 3, 2020. The conference will be held at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY.
The focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. The Conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley is open to researchers of all levels, with special sessions for short presentations of research-in-progress from students and historians alike. [Read more…] about Black History in the Hudson Valley Call for Papers
USS Slater is set to be open to the public for guided tours from 10 am to 4 pm each day this Thanksgiving Weekend. The ship will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
This is the final opportunity this season to visit the USS Slater, the only World War II destroyer escort afloat in America. The final day to tour the ship this season is Sunday, December 1st. The ship will be closed to the public December through March. [Read more…] about USS Slater Open Thanksgiving Weekend
Edgar Mayhew Bacon’s Henry Hudson: His Times and His Voyages (republished by HVA Press, 2019) is a dramatic narrative of Henry Hudson’s nautical adventures first published in 1907, during the tricentennial of Hudson’s voyage up the river that now bears his name.
Bacon takes readers on all of Hudson’s voyages, from the journeys that took him further north than any explorer before him, to the coasts of Iceland and Greenland, and the Hudson River. It tells of early interactions with Native Americans, and we follow him on the final voyage that took him to Canada and Hudson Bay – where he met his tragic end. [Read more…] about 1907 Henry Hudson History, Bio Reprinted
In this episode, we explore the Legend of Danskammer, a point on New York’s Hudson River that is remembered for being an ancient ritual site of the Lenape.
With help from Native American author and historian Evan Pritchard, we explore the Lenape worldview and learn about the tales of rituals, sacrifice, and superstitions that colonial settlers heard which led many to believe they worshiped the devil. We also explore the sites role during various phases of Hudson River history. [Read more…] about Legend of Danskammer Point: The Devil’s Dance Chamber
Experts from the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston will be the featured speakers for the annual meeting of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands on Sunday afternoon, October 20 at 2 pm at the organization’s headquarters, 189 Montgomery Street.
Inside the old Crawford House where a local 19th century ship captain, David Crawford, once watched the approaching weather from his portico overlooking the Hudson River, members and guests will come to understand the timeline of local weather fronts and climate changes through the decades. [Read more…] about Hudson Valley Climate History at Capt Crawford’s, Newburgh
The Historical Society of Newburgh is set to host former forest ranger Donald “Doc” Bayne, who will talk about ancient secrets and stories of the forest of the Hudson Valley, and The Great Chain over the Hudson River, on Saturday, October 12th, at 2 pm. [Read more…] about Making The Hudson River Chain Talk in Newburgh Saturday
A new historic marker will be dedicated at Rogers Island, in the Hudson River at Fort Edward. The marker commemorates the history of the site where Major Robert Rogers wrote his Rules of Ranging in 1757.
Fort Edward was at one time located in Dutch New Netherlands territory on the ancient Native American route through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. A trading post was built there in the 1730s by J.H. Lydius.
Fort Edward (1755) was one of the largest military fortifications in North America and a northern outpost of the British Empire. It spanned both Channels of the Hudson River with the main structure on the mainland of the East Channel, a military hospital on the island and a large Royal Block House on a bluff of the West Channel.