Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Like" Schoharie Crossing? Show you care...

Schoharie Crossing has been kind enough to post on their #Facebook page a link to our blog and the plea we are making for new and active members:

As 2015 draws to a close, the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site are putting out their annual appeal for members. Please visit their blog for more information on how you can become a member!
Posted by Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Sunday, December 20, 2015

     We support the site, and it is great to know that they appreciate and support what we do as well.  It truly is a wonderful Erie Canal Historic Site - but it is even more fantastic than that!  With centuries of #history sure, but the #recreational aspects of this New York State Park is wonderful too!  From kayaking, canoeing, fishing, bicycling, walking, bird watching, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, programs & events, so much is available right here in Fort Hunter - Montgomery County, NY!

     How about to recognize that Schoharie Crossing  for being so great, we ask that you check them out on Facebook by Clicking HERE - then hit "like" and follow their weekly posts!  Our goal is to reach 800 likes by January 1st!  Can we do it?  We can if you help!  "Like" them, share this information and engage with the awesome posts each week.


We would love to have you as a member, but if you do not wish to join and still want to make a donation to the site, please consider doing so through the Natural Heritage Trust by clicking here

The Natural Heritage Trust's mission is to receive and administer gifts, grants and contributions to further public programs for parks, recreation, cultural, land and water conservation and historic preservation purposes of the State of New York.  The NHT accomplishes its mission by accepting donations, raising funds, and throuhg cooperative programs and projects with its agency partners - see more at: http://parks.ny.gov/natural-heritage-trust/#sthash.58Z4F2mY.dpuf

Thursday, December 10, 2015

2016 Membership Drive

As a member of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing, you will be a part of supporting the mission of the site in the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest commercial and engineering projects as well as sharing the story of the Mohawk community and Fort Hunter in the 18th century.  In addition to that, the Friends group provides other educational opportunities for students and visitors by conducting special programs at the site.  If that was not enough, the Friends group is active in providing opportunities for recreating visitors as well, and sharing the pride in this great historic park. 
A sure-fire way to help Schoharie Crossing continue to offer great intriguing, entertaining and educational programs and events is to become an active member with the Friends of Schoharie Crossing.  Your monetary membership fee will go to support such programs as the Not Just for KidsStorytelling series, Canal Days, Putman Porch Music, NYS History Month lecture series, professional development for staff & volunteers and to the development of further wonderful programs, educational opportunities and recreational events for the exciting future of the site. 
We are also seeking more than just a membership due; your resources of time and word of mouth about Schoharie Crossing are invaluable!  Share the passion you have for the site with your friends and family.  Help get the word out about the programs, events and fun that can be had on site! Bring your relatives or friends along to meetings, events, or just to the site for a picnic.  As a valued member of the Friends, volunteer for events, and/or help maintain the canal or towpath trails, help with office tasks or promotions, and contribute to the blog and newsletter too!  There really are countless ways to give a little bit of you to further the preservation of history and of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

                Thank you for your time and continued support.  Here is to a bright 2016!

Just print this form, complete and send to us.

Check out this wonderful aerial video shot by Call of the Loon Productions during this year's Parks & Trails New York...
Posted by Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Blast from SXSHS

Email Blast from Schoharie Crossing's Education Coordinator:

Greetings everyone! 

     What a wonderful November!  As part of New York State History Month the site held a series of talks on Tuesday evenings that the Friends group supported, along with sponsors – Patriot Federal Bank, Jenny Rulison-Fisch State Farm & Hannaford.  The speakers were all terrific and we appreciate their time to come and discuss wonderful topics in NYS History!  Thank you to Fulton County Historian, Samantha Hall-Saladino; Jerry Snyder (president of Historic Amsterdam League); Jenna Peterson-Riley from the Schenectady County Historical Society; and Paul & Mary Liz Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.
     I want to thank everyone who came out to the events.  It was a great show of support for local as well as state history.

Today is #GivingTuesday, which some of you may be hearing a lot about – especially on social media.  The day is intended to focus on donating to charities as part of the holiday season and giving to community, and while the Friends of Schoharie Crossing would greatly appreciate a donation, we also understand that there are so many great organizations out there that it is difficult to decide where to donate monetarily.  So, we ask if you are unable to make a donation of money to the group at this time, there are other ways to help support Schoharie Crossing.  One such way is to contact your local politicians and tell them how important you think the site is to our state heritage.  Another great way to help out is to set aside time to volunteer during our 2016 Visitor Season!  Please contact me at the site for more information or if you have questions on any of these options. 

#GivingTuesday brings out the best in so many!The day is intended to focus on donating to charities as part of the...
Posted by Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

While it may seem like the Visitor Center is dormant until May, we will be busy at work organizing programs & events for 2016 as well as designing new student activities for field trips.  Anyone who may be interested in being a part of the planning can contact me; your input would be greatly appreciated. 

Additionally, the planning, writing and design of the 2017 exhibit continues…more to come on that in the future…

Best wishes for your holiday season and keep in touch!

David Brooks
Education Coordinator
Park & Recreation Aide

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
P.O. Box 140
129 Schoharie Street
Fort Hunter, NY 12069
Ph: (518) 829-7516
Fax: (518) 829-7491
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