Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Announces New Website and Heritage Site Guidebook
(Albany, NY) The Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area announced today two new tools that will make it easier for residents and tourists to explore the Hudson River National Heritage Area. The new tools include a completely revamped website, hudsonrivervalley.com, and a redesigned and updated edition of The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site Guidebook. National Heritage Area partners were joined by Congressman Paul Tonko, New York State Assemblymembers Patricia Fahy and John T. McDonald III, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation Ruth Pierpont at an event at Albany’s historic City Hall for the announcement.
Mark Castiglione, acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area said, “The natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources of the Hudson River Valley not only define our quality of life but are also the reason why tourists flock to our region. This new guidebook and website complement the unprecedented tourism investments being made under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and will allow even more people to discover the culturally significant resources of our Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.”
Heritage Site Guidebook – Second Edition
Featuring 100 historic and cultural attractions, the newly updated Second Edition Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site Guidebook includes completely updated user-friendly design and vibrant photography. Each Heritage Site feature page includes a snapshot of the site’s historic significance, contact information, GPS street address, and relevant site characteristics and amenities. In addition, the guidebook identifies sites participating in the National Park Service Passport Stamp program and includes new cancellation stamp collection pages. The guidebook was developed in collaboration with the featured sites and was designed by 2K Design and Ruth Sadinsky Design. Print and e-reader editions are available for sale through a partnership with SUNY Press.
New National Heritage Area Website hudsonrivervalley.com
The new Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website, hudsonrivervalley.com, is the most comprehensive website of Hudson Valley cultural and historic sites and is a perfect complement to the new guidebook. With compelling site listings, robust trip planning tools, and comprehensive events calendar, the new website will make it even easier for residents and tourists to explore the Hudson Valley’s cultural tapestry. Mobile responsive design, geolocation, and navigation tools will make it easy for website users to find heritage sites, events, and other points of interests on the go.
Representative Paul Tonko (NY-20) said, “A different story with a rich history can be told in every corner of the Empire State, and our National Heritage Areas not only showcase our history and create a sense of pride, but they serve as economic engines for Capital Region communities and create jobs. These new tools will support our efforts toward these goals, and coordinate the resources at hand even more efficiently, boosting our local tourism industry. Thank you to the teams and community leaders that keep these historic areas running as places we can all enjoy.”
Rose Harvey, Commissioner, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said, “There’s an impressive array of history, culture and landscape to explore in New York’s Hudson Valley. We at State Parks are grateful to the Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area for developing new tools to encourage more people to visit and enjoy all that the Hudson Valley’s communities have to offer.”
Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said, “The establishment of the new website and Heritage Site Guidebook provides a treasure trove of historic resources for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. The 108th Assembly District is complete with many of these rich resources and I appreciate the good work of the Hudson River Greenway and National Heritage Area staff for their efforts at showcasing our assets.”
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106) said, "The Hudson Valley is home to some of the state's finest historic and cultural treasures. As the Chair of the Assembly's Subcommittee on Regional Tourism Development, I know tourism is a key economic driver for our region and this new guidebook and website will encourage more residents and visitors to discover and explore our beautiful Hudson Valley."
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The National Heritage Area expands on traditional approaches to resource stewardship by building public and private partnerships that help celebrate, preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant resources for the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the nation. The activities of the HRVNHA and its partners contribute $584 Million in economic benefit and support 6,500 jobs in the Hudson Valley. Nationwide, National Heritage Areas support 148,000 jobs. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991. More than 84% of municipalities within the Greenway area have designated themselves as “Greenway Communities.” The program is designed to encourage projects and initiatives related to the intersecting goals of natural and cultural resource protection, regional planning, economic development, public access, and heritage and environmental education. It provides technical assistance and catalytic grant funding for planning, water and land trails, and other projects that reinforce these goals. In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation by municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary.
Visit hudsongreenway.ny.gov for more information on the Hudson River Valley Greenway.