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  • December 15, 2021 3:49 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    $64,323 awarded to seven organizations

    WATERFORD, NY- Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is pleased to announce that seven organizations have been selected to receive Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants totaling $64,323. Funded projects include vital work to showcase canal heritage and welcome people to explore the canal in their local communities.

    “We are thrilled to support these community-driven projects to strengthen the Canalway Corridor as a vibrant place to live, work, visit, and play,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “These exciting projects will foster greater awareness and pride in New York’s canals that will have lasting benefits for residents and visitors.”

    The grants range from $2,000 to $12,000 and will leverage an additional $161,107 in private and public project support. Over the past 13 years, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has made 90 grants to communities and non-profit organizations that have spurred $2.4 million in additional investments in heritage preservation, recreation, and education.

    New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, "It is an honor to join with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in supporting education, recreation, and tourism along New York’s canal system. The history of our canals provides the framework for our State’s great legacy, and we look forward to supporting and enhancing awareness of these storied waterways for years to come through these IMPACT! Grant projects.”


    Corn Hill Navigation, Pittsford

    Award: $8,954

    Improve educational and program delivery with new technology at a new visitor center being developed at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester.

    Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse

    Award: $9,015

    Develop programming related to the Empire State Trail including a Syracuse-based Trail Ambassador Program and trail amenities that raise user awareness of the museum. Pilot both weekend and Corridor-wide trail rides.

    Explore & More: The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, Buffalo

    Award: $11,454

    Design and present an Erie Canal themed educational play experience every Wednesday throughout 2022 that will engage children and families.

    Friends of Stewart Park, Ithaca

    Award: $5,900

    Design and install five outdoor interpretive signs that showcase the history of the Erie Canal and Cayuga Lake as they relate to the City of Ithaca.

    National Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro

    Award: $12,000

    Design and install two outdoor interpretive signs within the Village of Canastota to raise awareness of the National Abolition Hall. Funds will also support a reenactment of a dramatic event that shaped the abolition movement in the United States.

    Schoharie River Center, Esperance

    Award: $12,000

    Implement a series of educational programs with at-risk urban and rural youth to investigate water quality on the Erie Canal/Mohawk River and adjacent tributaries.

    Village of Brockport, Brockport

    Award: $5,000

    Design and install a pair of outdoor interpretive signs that celebrate the history, design, and operation of the Village’s iconic lift bridges.


    Nearly 200 years after its construction, the Erie Canal remains an iconic symbol of American ingenuity and determination. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway. It achieves its mission in partnership with the National Park Service, New York State agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, and more than 200 communities across the full expanse of upstate New York.


  • December 15, 2021 3:47 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to announce Multivocal Learning: Albany’s History for Albany’s Students, a school program collaboration with Albany County Historical Association’s Ten Broeck Mansion and the Underground Railroad Education Center at the Myers Residence and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). 

    Based upon feedback from local schoolteachers, this partnership will result in thematically linked programs which build a stronger understanding of historical issues and the diversity of voices and opinions that have made and are making history in the United States. With concrete connections to the New York State curricula, the new programs will allow upper elementary and middle school classrooms to travel to multiple Albany sites in the same day, saving school resources and creating rich, hands-on educational experiences.

    This project will also include the digitization of primary source materials, in partnership with Siena College’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Dozens of collection items from each institution will become accessible to schools, researchers and the public on New York Heritage’s website. With grant funding, Historic Cherry Hill has digitized two other collections on New York Heritage-- Historical African American Experiences at Cherry Hill in 2020, with supporting online teaching units for grades 4 through 12, and Cherry Hill Receipt Books in 2021. https://nyheritage.org/organizations/historic-cherry-hill

    Newly digitized collection items from all three institutions will support resources for teachers to use in the classroom, before and after their onsite visits. Together, these digital materials and on-site, in-person programs—available to classrooms by early 2023-- will build students’ subject-matter competencies, radical empathy, and sense of their own agency in education and civic life. These values are critical to our mission, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with these wonderful institutions and talented individuals!

    For more information email shawna@historiccherryhill.org.


    About Historic Cherry Hill

    Historic Cherry Hill invites visitors and researchers to explore American history through the unique lens of one Albany household and, through intimate encounter with the past, encourages audiences toward new perspectives on their own stories and place in history. Visit www.historiccherryhill.org

    About the Albany County Historical Association at Ten Broeck Mansion

    The Albany County Historical Association, headquartered at the historic Ten Broeck Mansion built in 1798, strives to preserve, present, promote and interpret the stories of the rich and diverse history and culture of Albany County through exhibits, lectures, concerts, and other educational outreach programs. Visit https://tenbroeckmansion.org/

    About the Underground Railroad Education Center at the Myers Residence

    Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society. https://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/

    About the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov 

  • December 14, 2021 10:59 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Humanities New York (HNY) today announced more than $360,000 in ARP Act funding to 43 New York cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HNY “SHARP” (Sustaining the Humanities Through the American Rescue Plan) Action Grants, which range from $5,000 to $10,000, provide implementation funds for humanities projects that serve audiences throughout New York. These grants support honoraria for humanities experts, staff time, space rental, marketing, and other expenses for projects that respond to community needs and interests.

    U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer applauded these new awards, saying, “As Majority Leader, I was proud to champion and pass the American Rescue Plan, which provides this funding for New York’s cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic did not extinguish our thirst for cultural education and this critical funding will strengthen New York’s rich cultural and local history for some time to come.”

    HNY reviewed nearly 200 applications from cultural organizations requesting almost $1.8 million in funding. Just over 22 percent of applicants were funded. HNY prioritized equitable grantmaking by considering geographic location, mission, and the importance of reaching underresourced communities in its funding decisions.

    Timothy Murray, Chair, said from Ithaca that he was “highly impressed by the quality of the humanities projects that cultural organizations have developed amidst the pandemic” and he applauds “the efforts of cultural workers to use the humanities to promote dialogue and connection — even as gathering in person remains a challenge.”

    Grantee organizations will explore a range of topics and themes, from the history of silent film to the community response to the AIDS crisis. Several projects harness the power of storytelling to amplify marginalized voices and promote dialogue. Drawing on its oral history archive, the Coney Island History Project will produce a second season of its popular podcast, Coney Island Stories. Also in New York City, DE-CRUIT will use the works of William Shakespeare to foster conversations between military veterans and civilians.

    Three grant projects aim to increase awareness and understanding of Native American history and culture. The Seneca Nation of Indians will implement a “Cultural Sensitivity Enhancement Project.” Over the course of four presentations, Dr. Joe Stahlman, the director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, will trace the generational trauma that the Seneca have experienced and overcome. In Corning, Seven Generations of Stewards will host the Native Nations Festival. The 2022 festival will have a special focus on Native foodways and nutrition. The Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, located in the Mid-Hudson region, will host an Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit, celebrating contemporary Indigenous women-identified artists and scholars and sparking dialogue on Indigenous history and leadership through a month of programs and public discussions.

    Highlighting local Black history is the focus of five grants. In the Southern Tier, Corning Painted Post Historical Society will work with Black community leaders to create a new interpretative plan for the 225-year-old Benjamin Patterson Inn. In the Finger Lakes, the Center for Teen Empowerment will develop “Clarissa Uprooted: Intergenerational History Ambassadors Exhibit” to share stories about a once-thriving African-American residential, cultural, and business community in Rochester’s Third Ward.

    View the full list of grants awarded.

    HNY has a demonstrated track record of distributing emergency and recovery support. This special Action Grant round supplements $1.2 million in SHARP operating support that HNY awarded to 120 cultural partners earlier this fall. In 2020, HNY awarded nearly $1 million in CARES grants to 197 organizations across the state.

    By sustaining the cultural sector, these funds bolster New York State’s civic infrastructure and its economy—in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the arts and culture sector contributed $119.9 billion to New York’s economy, representing 7.8% of the state’s GDP and 466,926 jobs. More recently, the Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Arts and Culture Sector Survey from Americans for the Arts shows over $338 million in pandemic-related losses to date for New York State.

    “To ensure that recovery funding reaches diverse institutions, HNY prioritizes its resources to smaller organizations,” stated Sara Ogger, Executive Director. “These partners are creative, nimble, and responsive to the needs of their audiences. SHARP funds will help sustain them as they chart a way forward.”

    About Humanities New York:

    Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society. Established in 1975 as the state aliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)(3) organization that may receive federal, state, and private funding.

    About SHARP: HNY SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities via the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

  • August 02, 2021 9:55 AM | Steve Bodnar

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The newest grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program officially opens today, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

    The most recognizable of the Pomeroy Foundation’s signature grant programs, https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/nys-historic-markers/these blue and yellow markers commemorate historic people, places, things or events in New York State between 1740-1921. Grant funding includes the full cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    This grant round covers the following New York State counties: Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, and Ulster (Region 4); Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington (Region 5); and Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and St. Lawrence (Region 6).

    The NYS marker program is open to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within New York State.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant must submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker and will be reviewed by professional historians. The Letter of Intent is a requirement in order to be eligible to apply for a marker grant. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

    Visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s NYS historic markers webpage to learn more about program guidelines, eligibility and how to apply online: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/nys-historic-markers/

    In addition to the NYS marker program, the Pomeroy Foundation offers marker grant programs with themes spanning from folklore to food history. Search, filter and view all of the Foundation’s funded markers and plaques nationwide with its interactive, digital map feature.

    # # #

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation:

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of its initiatives is helping people to celebrate their community’s history. The Pomeroy Foundation meets this part of its mission by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of historic roadside markers and plaques. Since 2006, they have funded over 1,400 markers and plaques across the United States, all the way to Alaska. Visit: wgpfoundation.org

  • July 27, 2021 5:21 PM | Christopher Judge

    Visitors to the Education Center can take in dioramas created by Richard Schuster, one of which is of Oyster Bay in May of 1779 when the British Queen's Rangers left town, having cut down the Townsend orchard to build a fort on what is now known as Fort Hill. Hidden among the British was a young enslaved woman named Elizabeth, who is known to have absconded with the British troops when they left that day. Visitors’ experience of the museum will be enhanced by the addition of a new smart phone-based augmented reality app, known as "Digital Tapestry," created under the auspices of The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Visitors to the museum's new shop can pick up copies of the museum's historian Claire Bellerjeau's new book, Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution, as well as hand-painted toy soldiers, tee shirts, and other gifts.

    The Museum was the home of Robert Townsend, a spy for George Washington, and welcomes nearly 10,000 visitors annually, including some 5,000 fourth-graders who come on field trips as part of their studies of the Revolutionary War. The plan to open the entire house to the public had been envisioned as long ago as 1974. The back of the house, once living quarters for Irish servants in the 19th century had been until recently used as offices and collections storage. The project was catalyzed by a 2011 acquisition of the neighboring building, purchased by the Town of Oyster Bay for the Museum's use on condition that the Friends of Raynham Hall, Inc., which operates the property as a museum on behalf of the Town, be responsible for raising any funds necessary for the adaptive re-use of the new education center building.

    For more information, please contact the museum at (516) 922-6808 or visit online at www.raynhamhallmuseum.org.

  • July 09, 2021 10:31 AM | Kristen Matejka

    “What’s Old is New Again” at Southold Historical Museum

    Southold Historical Museum (formerly Southold Historical Society) has reopened with a new name and new logo and invites visitors to come explore its three historical locations filled with artifacts that will bring you back in time.

    A special “What’s Old is New Again” ceremony was held on July 1st to unveil the new direction for the museum. Attendees got a preview of the new sign and logo and were invited to explore the grounds and preview this summer’s new exhibits.

    In the Ann Currie-Bell house, the seasonal exhibit, “The Roaring Twenties: A Decade of Change,” curated by volunteer Lee Cleary, is on display.  This exhibit offers a glimpse into this exciting decade including several overall themes:  prohibition; rum-running; speakeasies; lifestyle and fashion; and women’s suffrage.  The Wash House building features a “Tips from a Colonial Laundry” exhibit. And at the Thomas Moore/Samuel Landon house, the “Enslavement in Southold” exhibit has been reinterpreted to include the narrative of the enslaved people within the story of the house. 

    And, at the nearby Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse, operated by the Southold Historical Museum, the “Dead Man’s Cove: Shipwrecks off Horton Point Lighthouse” exhibit details the dangers of the perilous waters just off the lighthouse bluff.

    Events this summer include a mini lecture series at Horton Point Lighthouse, Saturdays at 2:00 pm, July 10th, 24th, Aug. 7th, and Aug. 21st. Rain date Sundays. Bring a chair and enjoy the stories of rum-runners, lighthouse keepers, shipwrecks and the animals of Long Island Sound.

    And, the weekend of July 24th and 25th, the Antiques, Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Maple Lane Complex.

    Bring your friends and family to discover what life was life a long time ago. At the Maple Lane Complex you’ll find the charming Late Victorian Ann Currie-Bell house, filled with historic detailing. You can take a seat in the quaint one-room Bayview Schoolhouse, and explore what transportation looked like before automobiles in the c. 1700s Reichert Family Barn.  The c. 1750 Thomas Moore/Samuel Landon house reveals what life was like before the Industrial Era, and other buildings on site include a print shop, ice house and a blacksmith shop.

    The museum gift shop and Treasure Exchange are both open at the Prince Building nearby, and admission to the Maple Lane Complex includes entry to the nearby Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.

    Maple Lane Complex is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00pm, through September 12th and the Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 to 4:00pm, through September 12th.  Visit the website for hours at the Museum Gift Shop and Treasure Exchange Shop at the historic Prince Building.

    Suggested admission, which includes access to all locations, is $5/adult and $10/family. For more information, visit www.southoldhistorical.org

  • May 05, 2021 10:46 AM | Steve Bodnar

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s Snap That Sign photo-taking campaign is back for a second year and welcomes public participation across New York State for this outdoor, family-friendly activity.

    Snap That Sign is a statewide photo crowdsourcing campaign that asks participants to help put their community “on the map” by taking pictures of historic markers funded by the Pomeroy Foundation. The Pomeroy Foundation’s website has a list of specific historic markers that need to be photographed for Snap That Sign 2021. The photo submission deadline is Monday, May 31.

    Photos selected for publication will be added to individual marker listings on the Pomeroy Foundation’s interactive marker map, and will provide a greater visual context about each marker and its location. All participants will receive a Pomeroy Foundation historic marker pin as a “thank you.”

    “The response last year to the first Snap That Sign campaign was overwhelming and so appreciated,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “We received hundreds of photos that help bring these historic markers to life for those who visit our marker map from all over the world. We’re excited to see what this year’s Snap That Sign brings.”

    Instructions for participating in Snap That Sign 2021 are as follows:

    1. Browse this list of Pomeroy markers that need to be photographed.
    2. Review the photography guidelines and photo-taking tips to ensure your photos will be eligible.
    3. Email your photos to info@wgpfoundation.orgby Monday, May 31, and share on social media using the hashtag #SnapThatSign

    For complete photography and submission guidelines, visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s Snap That Sign 2021 webpage. Be sure to follow local and New York State COVID-19 guidelines, as well as traffic and parking regulations while you snap that sign.

    # # #

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation:
    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of their initiatives is helping people to celebrate their community’s history. They meet this by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques. Since 2006, they have funded over 1,300 markers and plaques across the United States, all the way to Alaska. Visit: 

    Twitter: @wgpfoundation
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WGPFoundation
    YouTube: William G. Pomeroy Foundation
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/william-g-pomeroy-foundation

  • April 28, 2021 4:26 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Roberson Museum and Science Center is pleased to announce the re-opening of Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse on April 30. This exhibition has been reworked in collaboration with experts, faithkeepers, and staff members to display the history and culture of The People of the Longhouse.

    “It is Roberson’s honor and privilege to highlight the Haudenosaunee Nation; a culture that continues to thrive in our region,” said Michael Grasso, Executive Director. “Roberson Museum is built adjacent to a significant pre-colonial archaeological site and we have a duty to educate the community about this vibrant history and begin acknowledging the past and the land we occupy.”

    Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse offers visitors a walk through of a partial model of a longhouse, an opportunity to listen to how lacrosse sticks are made and watch traditional dances, weave patterns on baskets, or feel the textures of beads, furs, and hides.

    Roberson is excited to bring this exhibition to the Binghamton community, featuring the rich history of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, their impact on this land prior to colonialism and up to their continued stewardship today. We hope to provide further visibility to this sovereign nation and the contributions its people have made to art, science, and history.

    This permanent exhibition will be on view in Roberson’s second-floor gallery starting April 30.

    Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse exhibition page: https://www.roberson.org/project/haudenosaunee-people-of-the-longhouse/

    Onondaga Nation website: https://www.onondaganation.org/

    About Roberson Museum and Science Center

    Roberson Museum and Science Center is a cultural hub of activities and events, serving the greater Binghamton community. Our mission remains to engage and educate people of all ages and backgrounds by providing regionally significant exhibitions and programs in art, history, and science.

    Support for this exhibition is provided by the Roger Kresge Foundation, The Harriet Ford Dickenson Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and the Jill Morgan Packard Donor Advised Fund of The Community Foundation for South Central New York; as well as general operations support grants from, the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    The Haudenosaunee Confederacy is made up of six unique nations. Roberson recognizes it sits on the ancestral homeland of the Onondaga Nation. We extend our respect and gratitude to them as the past, present, and future stewards of this land. Roberson is committed to featuring the contributions this nation and its people have made and continue to make to art, history, and science.

  • April 26, 2021 9:11 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Farmers Market celebrates its fifth year of connecting area residents and families with fresh, locally-sourced food


    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY / APRIL 23, 2021 - The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market will open its 2021 season on Monday, May 3 and will run weekly through October 25 on Monday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Pavilion at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie.

    2021 marks the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market's fifth year of operations. The Market offers a wide range of farm-fresh greens and vegetables, fruit, herbs, apples, cider, baked good, eggs, poultry, vegetable plant starts, prepared food and more. Returning vendors include: Maynard Farms (fruits and vegetables), Lasher Meadows (eggs and poultry), J & J Farms (vegetables), the Educated Chef (sourdough breads), Queen City Cakes (bundt cakes and cookies), Dutchess Outreach’s Mobile Market (fruits and vegetables), Spice Beast (protein-enhanced spice blends), and Chef Stef (prepared food).

    This season's Market will feature several new vendors, including Crazy Box Bakery food truck (baked goods), The Chocolate Studio (Vegan / gluten-free desserts and ice cream), Diana Mae Flowers (herbs and cut flowers), Greens in a Basket (organic microgreens), Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery (small batch, hand-crafted spirits), and Three Kats Treasures (hand-made wooden bowls, spoons and cutting boards).

    The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is pleased to be expanding its partnership with the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, an incubator kitchen at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory that provides production space to culinary start-up businesses. Through the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, several new businesses will be rotating through the Market to expand their customer base, including Anna's Cucina (Italian cuisine), Sweets for Sami (cookies and baking mixes), Todd Hill Kitchen (Mexican-style sauces and salsas), Lamissa Events (globally inspired cuisine), Monster Pickles, Faithful Cakes, Reconnect Foods (global recipes made with local ingredients), and VetZero Heroes Making Heroes (sandwiches).

    The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market accepts both SNAP benefits and WIC / Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks. Eligible market patrons should check in at the Market Manager table for more information on using these benefits to obtain fresh healthy food from our vendors. The Market is located across the street from the Poughkeepsie Train Station on the waterfront, in the Pavilion at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, and is easily accessible by foot to City residents, visitors and commuters alike. The Market is fully covered, offers public restrooms and free onsite parking at the Museum.

    To ensure the safety of patrons, vendors, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market operates in accordance with New York State guidelines for safe operation of farmers’ markets. Protective face coverings are required of all patrons and vendors. Market patrons should expect to abide by social distancing measures, including a separate entrance and exit to the pavilion, marked set-back lines at each vendor station, directional signage, and marked spacing to ensure distancing in the queueing of lines. Patrons are asked to understand that handling of food products is limited and must be done by vendors.


    About The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

    The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a public farmers market that is managed by the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum as part of its Health & Wellness initiative. For more information on becoming a vendor at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market visit: www.mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market or call Peter Jacobsen, Market Manager at (845) 471-0589, ext. 17. For Market updates and events, follow the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market on Facebook or Instagram. 

    The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the first children’s museum in the entire country to open a public farmers market as a strategy to advance community health by reducing food insecurity among the families it serves. Last September, the Museum was awarded the “2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice” by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (Washington, D.C.) in recognition of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market's local impact.

  • April 20, 2021 9:13 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    NEW PALTZ, NY (April 20, 2021) –Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is proud to announce the museum and historic site has been awarded a $349,999 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Collections and References Resources program to preserve and digitize significant historical documents from its own archival collections, as well as portions from the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Memorial Library. The project encompasses thousands of early-American documents ranging from the mid-1600s to 1830.

    According Jon Butler, Yale Professor Emeritus and author of Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776, “HHS’s New Paltz project illustrates the fascinating ways in which a small, astonishingly complex Hudson River town perhaps unexpectedly exemplified major features of America’s story, with distinctive and captivating local features,” namely “social life, economy, race, ethnic relations, and religion.”

    This first phase of a larger, comprehensive project to digitize documents through the late 19th century is anticipated to take three years and covers preservation and digital imaging by a team of professionals from the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, along with hiring a contract Digital Librarian/Project Manager to assist staff in coordinating the project and making these collections available online. Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs, will lead the project, coordinating closely with the three other partner organizations.

    “Congratulations to Historic Huguenot Street and the New Paltz community for receiving this well-deserved grant award,” said Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19). “Historic Huguenot Street’s project will extend the life of nationally significant collections and make content more accessible to scholars, students, and upstate residents. We must continue to preserve the rich history of the mid-Hudson Valley.”

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. For more information about the NEH and the projects they are funding this year, visit www.neh.gov.

    The project “Preserving and Digitizing the Historic Documents of a Colonial Hudson Valley community: New Paltz, New York” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

    Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    About Historic Huguenot Street

    A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres comprising the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses dating to the early eighteenth century. Historic Huguenot Street was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York Department of Education that is dedicated to preserving a unique Hudson Valley Huguenot settlement and engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of America's multicultural past in order to understand the historical forces that have shaped America.

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