Thursday, June 12, 2008

How do I submit and event for the HFC400???

The main purpose of the County oversight committee for the HFC400 is to record planned events to be included in the State wide effort to celebrate this historic occasion. The Tourism Office for the county will then submit any qualified events to be promoted by the State.

So, how do I submit and event? You'll need the following information:

1) County (which would be Columbia County)
2) City, Village or Town
3) Event Name
4) Date of the event
5) Event organizer
6) Contact information
7) Contact email
8) Full description of the event

Take this information and email it directly to Ann Cooper -

You will be contacted within a few days and your item will be considered and added to the list. Are you not sure about how this works, or what can be include? NO problem... call any of the committee members to discuss your idea.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Copy of Resolution

Below is a copy of a "resolution" that was sent out for any county, city, town or villiage. Feel free to cirulate as needed. A copy in Microsoft Word can be obtained by emailing


Explore NY 400 Community Resolution

WHEREAS, the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission was established under Chapter 590 of the Laws of 2002, to plan, develop, and coordinate the 400th anniversary, in 2009, of the voyages of exploration made by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton=s steamship voyage up the Hudson River; and

WHEREAS, these historic voyages of exploration in 1609 would change the world forever and lead to the European settlement of the New World and the innovation of steam travel and commerce in 1807, establishing the Hudson River and Lake Champlain as a corridor of trade, communication, politics and ideas, and that further, this vital north-south corridor of water created other water links such as the Champlain and Erie Canals, which provided opportunities inland and encouraged the westward movement through these water routes; and

WHEREAS, the State and the Federal governments recognize the voyages of exploration and invention to be of historical importance and significance to New York State and the nation and recognize the tradition to observe these contributions made by Hudson, Fulton, and Champlain, by commemorating these events in 2009,

WHEREAS, as an Explore NY 400 Community, the community may use the Explore NY 400 logo, link to the Explore NY 400 website, and may be eligible for either state or federal grant money to assist in Quadricentennial planning, events, and legacy projects; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the County/City/Town/Village named below supports the mission of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, and requests designation as an Explore NY 400 Community, and will be an active partner by establishing an Explore NY 400 Committee, and will cooperate to its fullest with the Commission in making the 400th anniversary a successful historic New York State event.

Resolution offered by:
Seconded by:
Approved by:
Date: Name of County/ City / Town /Village: ____________________________________

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Quad Committee Meeting - June 11th

At this meeting, each member of the committee reviewed ideas and hoped-for plans for the 2009 celebration. There are plans to include the communities, libraries and schools in the celebration.

Ann Cooper will obtain and communicate the guidelines for being officially registered as a Quad event that could be promoted via the State office.

It was decided that a press release would go out to inform the community of the objects of the County wide Quad committee.

We also reviewed the fact that there are still many unanswered questions with regard to the state funding of $45,000 to the County and $45,000 to the City of Hudson. Many of the mini-grants were applied for and awarded, however no such information has been communicated to the Tourism office. Ms Cooper will seek to obtain this list.

It was discussed that the Quad Committee meetings are public and anyone is welcome to attend. The next meeting will be held on July 9th from 10:30 a.m. at the Stuyvesant Town Hall.