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Heritage Site Guidebook- Second Edition
Your companion to exploring the Hudson Valley’s nationally significant historic and cultural resources!
The guidebook provides information about the Heritage Sites of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Each Heritage Site is featured on its own page which includes a site description as well as information for visiting the site (address, website, and phone number). Additionally, specific sites are identified as being family-friendly, accessible by public transportation, or part of the regional Greenway Trail System. Sites participating in the National Park Service Passport Stamp Program are also identified. Areas of Interest and category information are also included on the page for those who prefer to explore the region by topic or significance.
Heritage Sites in this guidebook are organized by proximity to one another to help you identify where nearby sites may be located. To make it easier to find a specific region, the guidebook is divided into three geographical areas from south to north.
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Site Guidebook features 128 pages of information about the sites and themes of the region and costs only $19.95 plus shipping and handling.
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There are a variety of publications about the Hudson River Valley to help you find the areas and sites that most interest you. These brochures are available for download below, or printed copies may be ordered by clicking on the order button below.
Dutch and Native American Heritage in the Hudson River Valley
Prior to European arrival, the Hudson River Valley was home to many Native American societies—from the Munsee and Lenape of the lower valley to the Mohicans and Mohawks of the upper valley. Early settlers to the Dutch colony, about one-half of whom were ethnically Dutch, learned important survival techniques from Native Americans and adapted many of their diplomatic, cultural, and social practices. Manhattan retains the Munsee Indian name Mannahatta, often translated as “the island of many hills” and alternatively translated as “the place to gather thickets to make bows.” The Mohawk were the easternmost branch of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Iroquois), whose structure some say inspired the United States’ federalist government system. Trade with the Dutch gave Native Americans access to fabrics, glass beads, and steel tools, but exposed them to decimating diseases. As the Dutch colony grew, so did conflicts. Many tribes were forced to migrate west by the eighteenth century. Today, New York State is home to eight federally-recognized tribes and over 220,000 people who self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native.
For an in-depth history of Dutch and Native interactions in the Hudson Valley, download the "Dutch & Native Paper" to the left.
In 2022 the Town of Fishkill dedicated Michael Keropian's 8’ scale bronze statue to Sachem Daniel Nimham. The statue is an everlasting tribute to the last sachem of the Wappinger People. The statue is located at the “Arrowhead” intersection of routes 52 & 82 in East Fishkill, NY. This location is near where Daniel was said to be born and the artist reused a bronze plaque dedicated to him in 1937. Michael Keropian is a long-time Hudson Valley resident based in Carmel, NY.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Brochure
This brochure provides an introduction to the Heritage Sites of the valley along with a comprehensive map of the region. Explore the 150-mile valley and discover its rich scenic, cultural, and recreational resources from Troy to Yonkers.
19th Century Painters: Hudson River School
From the 1820s through the end of the century, the natural wonders of the Hudson River Valley kindled one of the most significant achievements in the nation's cultural history-the development of a style of painting that expressed the American character. In 1825 the dramatic scenery of the Hudson River Valley inspired a young artist, Thomas Cole, to create the first paintings of the American landscape in the new, Romantic style. What began as a casual group of painters eager to capture the beauty of upstate New York grew to become a school of artists who traveled the country and even the world producing some of the masterpieces of American art. The paintings shown in this brochure can be seen in the Hudson River Valley at the indicated sites.
"Windows on History" Train Guide
The wealth of historic, cultural, and natural resources in the Hudson River Valley affords every traveler the opportunity for a unique and memorable experience. One of the best opportunities for a memorable experience is Amtrak’s passenger rail service between New York City’s Pennsylvania Station and the Capital District’s Albany-Rensselaer Station. Traveling along the eastern bank of the Hudson River, this route offers rare and magnificent views of some of the most significant state and national resources. This route is not only one of the most popular in the nation, but the most highly traveled route in New York State, attracting a diverse ridership.
With this in mind, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is pleased to present “Windows on History: Exploring the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.” This guide was produced in partnership with New York By Rail and I Love New York.
Through narratives, historic depictions, and photos taken from the perspective of passengers on the train, this guide educates rail passengers traveling through the Hudson River Valley about the resources they see out their windows. This guide provides information about the surrounding communities and historic sites located nearby as well as an account of transportation history in the region. As you learn more about the nationally-significant resources of the Hudson River Valley, you will be encouraged to explore the region and take advantage of all it has to offer.