16 Projects to Receive $50,000 Albany, NY - The Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Hudson River Valley Quadricentennial Implementation Grant Program grants. A total of $50,000 was awarded to sixteen projects throughout the Hudson Valley.  Funding for this grant program was allocated by the National Park Service and is part of the $750,000 secured by Congressman Maurice Hinchey for Quadricentennial programs and events.   "These federal funds secured from Washington will help enhance the Quadricentennial celebration here in New York by paying for a wide array of important educational and cultural activities," Hinchey said.  "The Quadricentennial presents us with a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate New York's extraordinarily rich history and the people whose innovation and drive paved the way for our state to become as central to our country as it is today.  I encourage all new Yorkers and visitors from far and wide to come to New York to take part in the wide array of exciting and informative activities that are planned over the next several months." Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway, stated, "We applaud Congressman Hinchey for his initiative to secure these funds for the Quadricentennial.  The diverse projects funded through this grant program will help our partners throughout the region celebrate our nationally significant natural and cultural resources while commemorating the legacies of Hudson, Fulton and Champlain." Sarah Olson, Superintendent of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, said, "This grant opportunity is a great way for Hudson River communities to help celebrate the Quadricentennial and we salute the Greenway for providing these grants." Tara Sullivan, Executive Director of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial, said, "With Quadricentennial partners including Governor Paterson, Congressman Hinchey, Commissioner Grannis, our Dutch counterparts across the ocean, and most importantly the communities of the valley, we are grateful for the opportunity to use this and other quad funding to help commemorate this great moment in our history." The following sixteen projects have received funding through the Quadricentennial Implementation Grants Program:             Eba Dance Theatre, Albany County ($4,950) Henry Hudson & His River-A theatrical Celebration of the Man, the River and Exploration: Theatre production through drama, dance, spoken word and Native American music of the adventures of Henry Hudson through the eyes of his great granddaughter. Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany County ($4,000) Hudson River Panorama: A passage through time: Book-length publication that will preserve the content of a previous exhibit commemorating the history of the Hudson River and provide an illustrated narrative of the Hudson River's cultural and historical significance. Historic Hudson, Inc., Columbia County ($3,500) Exploring the Architecture and Cultural Heritage of the Plumb-Bronson House: Protect the Plumb-Bronson House from further deterioration, increase accessibility with natural light and enable public participation in 3 quad events in the fall by completing a 31 window restoration project. Hudson River Environmental Society, Dutchess County ($3,000) Publications of Transactions from conference "Environmental History of the Hudson River": Symposium to examine the past 400 years of human uses and influences on the ecology of the Hudson River Valley and its environmental health. Invited experts will describe ecosystems for a publication applying the lessons learned. Thomas Cole Historic Site, Green County ($1,000) Hudson River School Lecture & Inaugural Hudson River School Journal: Lecture for 100-150 by noted American Art theorist and inaugural printed Hudson River School Journal featuring the lecture.             Waterfront Museum, New York County ($5,000) 2009 Tug & Barge Quadricentennial Tour: A tugboat and Barge tour from Manhattan to Waterford with stops in 5 communities in celebration of the Quad. Open Space Institute, New York ($4,000) Panorama of the Hudson River: A book of contemporary photos of the Hudson River and environs to record the area during the Quad, exhibit at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Historical Society of Newburgh Bay, Orange County ($3,000) Documentary Film: Newburgh-Beacon Bay 400 Years of American Heritage: Creation of a documentary film:  Newburgh-Beacon Bay:  400 Years of American Heritage. Palisades Park Conservancy, Inc., Orange County ($1,000) Rededicate and Celebrate the Quadricentennial at Bear Mt. State Park: Fireworks and performers for a rededication of the PIP Commission which was created 100 years ago. Hudson Highlands Land Trust., Putnam County ($2,000) Village of Cold Spring Waterfront Lighting Improvement Project: Replace existing waterfront lighting with bollard style lighting and dedicate some as part of Quad. Historical Society of Rockland County, History Museum, Rockland County ($1,000) Fall Harvest Day @HSRC: A celebration to complement the Quadricentennial Legacy exhibit "The Tappan Zee Bridge:  Transforming Rockland County." Activities will include tours of the Jacob Blauvelt house, illustrated history talks, open hearth Dutch cooking demonstrations, Native American games at the Lenape Longhouse, storytelling, pumpkin carving and more. Waterford Maritime Historical Society, Saratoga County ($2,732) Working on Water Web Site and NY Heritage Vessel Catalog: Enhancing public information outreach by the Empire State Maritime Alliance on behalf of NYS's fleet of large historic vessels. Improve the "Working on Water" web site into an on-going information and promotion resource for NY's historic vessels. Produce a printed catalog of vessel profiles and distribute to waterfront communities, cultural institutions and schools.             Hudson River Maritime Museum, Ulster County ($5,000) Hudson Fulton Educational Park Play/Ed Structures: The educational park playground boats will consist of ¼ scale replicas of the mast, spars, crows nest, rigging and shrouds of Hudson's ship Half Moon and Fulton's North River steamboat. These structures will be designed to allow students to climb on, raise sails, turn the paddle wheels, operate a steam engine replica, and load cargo. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Ulster County ($4,818) Revisiting the Hudson:  19th Century Landscape Painting in Context: Honoraria for guest speakers, advertising, equipment rental and recordings. Arm-of-the-Sea Productions, Inc., Ulster County ($1,000) Arm-of-the-Sea Presents Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him: Expand this performance in Hudson Valley Schools.  Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County ($4,000) New York's Festival of 1909-Educational Newspaper Supplement in Print and Online: Creation of an educational quad focused supplement for newspaper and online. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded through the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation.  The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Visit http://www.hudsongreenway.state.ny.us/ for more information on the Greenway Visit http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

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Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835