The Mohawk River has been used as a transportation corridor since the beginning of human settlement. Indigenous people used the river to move east and west, as did the first European explorers and those who followed. The river was shallow and relatively slow flowing. Along the 120-miles between Rome and the Hudson river, there are two waterfalls. The largest of the two is near the eastern end of the river, where the water flows over a 90-foot high falls at Cohoes. At Little Falls the river flows over a series of rapids that are 45-feet in height. [Read more…] about Mohawk River Bridge Dams: Engineering Landmarks
Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced they are seeking nominations for their 2019 Awards of Merit. MANY’s Awards of Merit recognize outstanding and innovative programs, staff, and volunteers who have enriched New York State museums with new and remarkable projects. Any organization or individual can nominate an organization, person(s), or project completed in 2019 at a museum, heritage, or cultural organization in the state of New York. [Read more…] about Museum Awards of Merit Nominations Sought
The Depot Theatre in Westport has been awarded a Preserve New York grant of $4,712 to complete a condition analysis of the 1876 train station in which the theatre resides.
The Depot Theatre is a nonprofit, professional theatre located in a historic, functioning 1876 train station owned by the Town of Westport, and it is the only theatre in New York’s Adirondack Park that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The theatre is also the caretaker of the station on behalf of Amtrak. [Read more…] about Westport’s Railroad Depot Theatre Getting Preservation Attention
August 28, 2019, marked the seventh birthday of the Path through History project.
I was there on August 28, 2012, with hundreds of others for the opening fanfare. People were excited about this new initiative to revitalize cultural heritage tourism in the state. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman: After 7 Years ‘Path Through History’ Still Falls Short
The September 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured an interview with George Hoehmann, Supervisor of the Town of Clarkstown who spoke about the current state of historic preservation in Clarkstown.
He discussed municipally owned open space, parkland and historic sites. He also provided updates on the two major historic preservation projects in Clarkstown: The Traphagen Historic Site (West Nyack) including the Talman-Budke House (18th C. Sandstone Dwelling) and the Vanderbilt-Trapahgen House (c. 1820); and the Cropsey Barn (New City) which is part of the Cropsey Community Farm. [Read more…] about Crossroads of Rockland History: Clarkstown
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced a Call for Proposals for their 2020 Annual Conference: The Power of Partnership, set for March 29th through 31st in Albany. [Read more…] about 2020 NYS Museums Conference Call for Proposals
Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Awards for Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region. [Read more…] about Greater Hudson Heritage Announces Award Winners
Applications are now being accepted for the fifth round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grants program, funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
The grants, this year doubled to $1 million, are available to organizations, typically referred to as “Friends groups,” that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. [Read more…] about Grants Available for NYS Parks and Historic Sites
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.
The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program. [Read more…] about Grants Available for Canal History Markers
Harold Toles took a lot of pictures. If anything big happened in Schoharie County from 1948 to 1984, Toles was probably there with his camera.
The Old Stone Fort Museum Research Library has more than 150,000 of his negatives in its collection, as well as 13 notebooks recording a description of each shot. [Read more…] about Featured Collection: Harold Toles’ Schoharie County Photos