FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ruth Piwonka: 518 758-7605
Anticipated Quadricentennial Funding
(Hudson: 11/7/08) In 2002, the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Act created a commission to plan and develop the 400th anniversary celebrations of the voyages of discovery made by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's steamship voyage along the Hudson River. These voyages were some of the most significant events In European exploration, and initiated some of the earliest contacts between Native Americans and Europeans.
In recognition of the upcoming historical year, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Tourism & Historian Committee established the Columbia County 400 Committee to coordinate local efforts. Therefore, in 2009, Columbia County will join with other Hudson River Valley counties and communities in celebrating the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.
In anticipation of state funding, the Columbia County 400 Committee is seeking preliminary applications - from municipalities and Columbia County not-for-profits organization – for proposed Quadricentennial projects and events to be held in communities across the county, especially communities with activities along the river.
The preliminary application should include a brief project/event description, how the project/event relates to the Quadricentennial and budget (including the amount of money the local sponsor will be requesting), the date on which it will occur, and who are the events and/or projects intended participants or audience. The preliminary application must include contact information.
At present, not all details of how the funding will be distributed to the counties is known; however, the Columbia County 400 Committee is eager to review project applications in order to move efficiently and quickly once funds become available. Therefore the preliminary applications are due Friday December 5th, 2008.
Please send the event/project preliminary application to:
Columbia County 400 Committee
P O Box 472
Kinderhook, NY 12106-0472.
Prospective applicants should direct questions to: Committee Chair: Ruth Piwonka 518 758-7605 firstname.lastname@example.org Or Committee Secretary: Steele Andrews 518 325-3000 email@example.com