A journey of learning 


ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 10, 2008) -- Albany’s Hudson 400th Celebration of Discovery in 2009 includes new educational programs developed to take children on a journey of learning.


“We’ve seized this year of celebration to incorporate new, fun learning experiences for Capital Region children to explore Albany and discover its incredible history,” said Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors bureau which operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center.


The ACCVB, in partnership with the Upper Hudson Library System, has created a life-sized Henry Hudson doll that will travel throughout the area as everyone tries to find out “Where’s Henry?”


“The ‘Where’s Henry’ program has its own website, www.albany1609.com,” Ms. Vennard said. “On the site there’s a contest with clues about where Henry will be as he rediscovers the Capital Region, and a blog where children can discuss adventures and discoveries.”


A downloadable passport on the site will be stamped at the various locations where Henry appears from this month through December 2009. The young Henry spotters with the most stamps on their passports will be eligible for a variety of prizes.  The site also has coloring sheets that children may submit for display at the Visitors Center, where both the passports and coloring sheets also are available.


The two, new school programs, under the direction of Education Coordinator Carol Ann Margolis, are available beginning this month and continuing throughout 2009. Those wishing to make reservations for the programs (fees vary) should call the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 518-434-0405.


·         Henry Hudson & Friends Historical Puppet Show


Puppets tell the story of the Hudson River, the Mahicans and Mohawks who lived on its shores, and the historic arrival of Henry Hudson and his crew from Europe in 1609. Students will meet Nawa, a Mahican girl, Anna and Pieter, early Dutch settlers, and Henry Hudson. The program is available off site and is suitable for grades Pre-K through Grade One. The show is made possible by Key Bank.  

·         Unearthing the Hudson Valley: A 400-Year Story through Archeology



Students learn about the special tools and techniques used by archeologist to unearth history. The program includes an audio-video presentation of the excavation of Fort Orange and participation in a sample dig (weather permitting). The Archeology Discovery Trunk has authentic artifacts uncovered by archeologists at several local sites and is available to teachers to be used in their classrooms.

  The program is suitable for Grades 3-8.This program is made possible by a New York State Legislative Grant sponsored by Assemblyman John McEneney and by Teaching the Hudson Valley, an education initiative of the National Park Service and the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area in partnership with the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and the Hudson River Estuary Program/New York State department of Environmental Conservation.   

For more information about the Hudson 400 celebration, visit www.albany.org  or www.hudson400.com, or call 518-463-7017.



  The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit www.albany.org. 

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 CONTACT:   Michele Vennard, President & CEO Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau 518-434-1217 x300, mvennard@albany.org