According to a report issued by DEC, on May 7th, a retired New York State Trooper fishing on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge observed a gill net with several striped bass being hauled into a small vessel. [Read more…] about Striped Bass Poachers Caught with Gill Net
Noted local historical archeologist David R. Starbuck has said that the interconnected routes from the Richelieu River at the north end of Lake Champlain to Albany has the highest density of military sites in North America in the 1700s.
The large military encampments that attended the big campaigns of that era were among the largest cities in America, albeit for short intervals. [Read more…] about Settler Fears of Indian Conflict Near Albany Before 1664
The Museum Association of New York has announced Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto, a program set for Tuesday, March 31 at 1 pm.
Russell Shorto’s June 2019 NY Times article “In the Hudson Valley: A Drive Back in Time” renewed public tourism interest in Dutch colonial history. New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. [Read more…] about Boosting Hudson Valley Dutch Heritage Tourism
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