Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Seeing is Believing! 2020 Membership Appeal

2020 Appeal! Seeing Is Believing!

We are again putting out the call for new and renewed memberships to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!

The Friends support the mission of the site to interpret the engineering marvel that is the Historic Erie Canal. We also provide a resource for the community by providing excellent programs and events - most of which are absolutely free to the public.  These programs offer connections to the history of the region, the State, and America; but we also offer great environmental and recreational opportunities as well.

By becoming or renewing your membership, you financially support these programs as well as professional development of site staff and volunteers.  The Friends also act as a liaison to the site for the community - in order to provide critical feedback that helps shape the future.  Be a part of this. 

As just a few examples of what we do: 

The Friends have adopted a trail along the banks of the Mohawk River to connect the historic site and park to the South-side of Amsterdam (formerly Port Jackson on the Erie Canal).  This nature trail -dubbed The Eagle Trail - runs parallel between the river and the Erie Canalway Bicycle Trail - providing another recreational and health conscience option for local as we as out of town enthusiasts. Connecting the site to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge and the re-growth of downtown Amsterdam is key to providing sustainable programs and positive engagement. 
Another great program the Friends are involved in has been to get the site listed on the Fulton Montgomery County Quilt Barn Square Trail but designing and commissioning a square specific to the site and its history. We are also looking to partner with the Fort Hunter Library in order to place a chartered Little Free Library at the Visitor Center to welcome guests with free books or a place to exchange or share works they love! 
The Friends have helped develop school programming as well as supported the arts at the site by accessing funds for the Not Just for Kids Storytelling series and other programs that provide music or the arts to the community. 
Our 501(c)3 status means that we can seek grants and other donations to provide assistance toward the mission of the site.  The highlights outlined here are just the latest in what the Friends support has meant to Schoharie Crossing.  Help us raise up toward the future and guide the course for future generations to enjoy, appreciate, and discover Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site



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