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I Survived the Sinking of the TitanicStaatsburg, N.Y. — Staatsburgh State Historic Site will present stories for children outdoors on the mansion’s front portico on Saturday afternoons at 3pm in September.  The 30-minute programs will feature stories from or about the Gilded Age.  Selections from stories by Beatrix Potter (the author of Peter Rabbit) will be offered for children ages 5 to 7 on September 5 and 12.  On September 19 and 26, selections from the story I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis will be offered for children ages 8 to 11. 

There is no charge to attend, but visitors must register in advance.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  To make reservations, visit www.staatsburgh.eventbrite.com.   …

Sojourner Truth StatueMonument at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Site Honoring Abolitionist and Suffragist Commemorates The 100th Anniversary Of Women's Suffrage

Monument Expands Representation Of Figures Who Have Contributed To New York State's History 

Photos Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a seven-foot bronze statue of eminent abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth was unveiled at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Ulster County to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

"Sojourner Truth's passionate belief in equal rights for all made her an enduring role model for the reformers of the civil rights and women's equality movements," Governor Cuomo said. "As New York celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, it is fitting that we recognize this courageous and pioneering New Yorker and look to her for inspiration as we continue striving to make New York State a beacon for equality and inclusion for all people."…

Faux Food Fight!

Aug 13, 2020

Faux Food Fight!Online Contest for Kids ages 6 – 14, Presented by Clermont & Staatsburgh State Historic Sites

Staatsburg/Germantown, N.Y. – Have you ever seen fake food that looked so real, you could eat it?  Many historic house museums use faux (or fake) food as props, to help visitors imagine the time when the house was still a home, and a place for eating, sleeping, playing and working. Two local historic houses, Clermont and Staatsburgh State Historic Sites, have delicious-looking faux food made of materials that don’t attract bugs or go rotten. This August, they are presenting an online contest for kids, ages 6-14, called “Faux Food Fight,” challenging kids to create their own culinary concoctions, and to be as imaginative as they want!  You could make something that looks super-delicious to you and your family! Or you could make something your parents would never let you eat! Or maybe even something you would never want to eat!  Enter your faux culinary concoction by August 30, 2020, for a chance to win a prize.

Jacob WynkoopNew Paltz, NY (August 13, 2020) – Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) presents the online exhibit. “Never Was a Slave” Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz, and may be viewed at https://www.huguenotstreet.org/exhibits.  Jacob was born in New Paltz, New York, in 1829, the child of two former slaves, Thomas and Jane Deyo Wynkoop. Jacob had an exceptional and varied life for any man of his time, black or white. Among the first African Americans to buy land in the community, he also served in the Union Army during the Civil War, organized politically on behalf of black citizens in town, and built a series of homes that today still define a neighborhood in the village of New Paltz. Jacob and his family’s story are illuminated by historical documents and photographic materials from the HHS Archives, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library, Town of New Paltz Records, and the Records of the Reformed Church of New Paltz. The exhibit is curated by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs.

View of the Main House at OlanaHudson, NY – The Olana Partnership is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $14,400 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program administered by Parks & Trails New York. The grant will fund the design of the trailhead for pedestrians entering Olana State Historic Site from the Hudson River Skywalk from State Route 23.

Constructed in 1869, North Road served as Olana’s main entrance from the City of Hudson until the site became a state Historic Site in 1966. Olana’s nationally-recognized Strategic Landscape Design Plan completed in 2015 included establishing a trailhead here, and the opening of the Hudson River Skywalk in 2019 made it the pedestrian entry point. The trailhead design will create a more visible, accessible and attractive entrance and integrate the Hudson River Skywalk with Olana's historic carriage road network.

Hudson Hall Storywalk Down Warren StreetHudson, N.Y.  –  Hudson Hall is proud to partner with the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), to promote literacy and safe outdoor fun with Warren Street’s own ‘StoryWalk’. From Friday, August 14 and into the fall, families can discover the joys of local author Hudson Talbott’s 2009 book River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River as they take a leisurely stroll down Hudson’s historic center. StoryWalk begins at the Little Free Library at The First Presbyterian Church (369 Warren Street) going towards the river and at The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson (360 Warren Street) in the other direction. Visit clctrust.org/storywalk for more information and to view an interactive map of StoryWalk sites.

Shaker Chatham Building ExteriorHousing Its Comprehensive Collection of Shaker Material, The New Museum Facility Will Embody Shaker Values of Inclusion, Innovation and Equality

$15 Million Project Expected to Break Ground in 2021 and Be Completed in 2023 Represents Bold Optimism for the Future and Radical Enthusiasm for the Notion of Community

Chatham, NY – Shaker Museum has announced that it has selected Selldorf Architects to create its new permanent facility in downtown Chatham, New York to exhibit its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 pieces of Shaker material culture and accompanying archives. Like the objects themselves, the physical building will embody Shaker values of inclusion, innovation, and equality to create a museum that both tells the Shaker story and is responsive to the needs of the community in Chatham, Columbia County, and the surrounding Hudson Valley. It was also announced that Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects will collaborate on the project. The museum will retain and maintain the historic Shaker site in Mount Lebanon.

Dion_Sherwood_Sketch-for-The-Pollinator_Pavillion_2020By Internationally Renowned Contemporary Artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood

The Pollinator Pavilion Provides a Fantastical Architectural Setting That Offers Miraculous Moments in Which Individuals Can Encounter Hummingbirds While Exploring a Nurturing Relationship with Nature

Catskill, NY (July 28, 2020) – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it will unveil on Friday, August 7, The Pollinator Pavilion, a new outdoor architectural sculpture designed specifically for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site by internationally acclaimed artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood. Combining their well-known practice of making sitespecific installations and their fascination with nature, the interactive artwork is a fantastical architectural setting in which individuals can share miraculous moments with pollinators, while exploring a nurturing relationship with nature.

The MakerFresh beauty co-founders design their first hotel inspired by the world of makers

Hudson, New York – July 28, 2020. The Maker Hotel, a new hotel from the co-founders of global beauty sensation Fresh, Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, and hospitality expert Damien Janowicz, will open on August 6th in the heart of historic downtown Hudson, New York. Housed in three historical buildings, the intimate 11-room property is a curated sanctuary with a bohemian sensibility fusing design from nineteenth-century Industrial, La Belle Époque, Art Deco and Mid-Century periods. Celebrating the world of all makers — artisans, artists, craftsmen and builders — each room at The Maker Hotel is designed to deliver an inspired and unique guest experience. Initially opening with a limited booking schedule, The Maker Hotel will expand offerings in the coming months based on guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19.

Angry OrchardVisit the county’s many breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries offering outdoor seating

Orange County, N.Y. (July 27, 2020) – Along with many of Orange County, N.Y.’s restaurants, craft beverage locations began offering patrons outdoor seating as part of the phased reopening of businesses throughout New York State. In addition to delivery and curbside pick-up options, residents and visitors can enjoy a cold glass of their favorite locally sourced beer, wine, cider, or spirits while taking in the beautiful views and wide-open spaces of the Hudson Valley.