Revisiting the End of Slavery in New York for Juneteenth
In recognition of Juneteenth, we were inspired to revisit the ending of slavery in New York. Slavery was officially abolished in 1827, making New York the first state to pass a law completely abolishing slavery, but the ending is far more complicated than just a single date.
Creating a Black and Native American Heritage Trail in the Hudson Highlands
To help bring the stories told through our Relearning Highlands History series “to life,” we have begun to lay the groundwork to create a heritage trail that will highlight sites relevant to the history of Black and Native Americans in the Hudson Highlands.
HHLT will permanently protect 74+ acres of the Garrison Golf Club property and intends to oversee habitat restoration, while simultaneously working with the community to develop a thoughtful plan for public access.
The Putnam History Museum recently launched a new “Black History & Culture in the Hudson Valley" webpage, which includes 40+ resources, including profiles on Black historical figures like Bishop Robert Lawson and Sumner Lark.
“Stone walls are built by hands. How else would you bring them to life, other than to learn about and recognize all the people who were part of the stone wall building process?” -Susan Allport, author of Sermons in Stone
HHLT Announces Leadership Transition and Promotion of Land Team
HHLT's Board of Directors has announced that Michelle Smith, Executive Director since 2016, will step down as of May 31, 2021. Katrina Shindledecker, longtime Director of Conservation, has been named to succeed her.
People Not Property: Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North
In this new edition of Relearning Highlands History we introduce the remarkable interactive documentary People Not Property presented by Historic Hudson Valley, and winner of the 2020 Webby Award for best educational resource.
Land Heist in the Highlands: Chief Daniel Nimham and the Wappinger Fight for Homeland
The first article in our "Relearning Highlands History" series is the story of Chief (Sachem) Daniel Nimham and the Wappinger Tribe’s challenge to the Philipse Patent, covering what is now Putnam County.
Announcing the New York Highlands Network: Ensuring Our Wildlife Have a Home Here—Forever
We formed the NY Highlands Network—a broad coalition of organizations, neighbors and landowners working to connect and conserve wild places across the Highlands—to ensure our wildlife continues to have a home here in the Hudson Highlands.
Land Management interns, Stephanie Rivera and Lucas Gordon, share the new knowledge and skills they acquired throughout their internships in two educational videos on improving forest health through invasive species management.
This year's forum focused on how scientists are using camera trapping technology to better understand our natural world and how local residents can use technology to discover wildlife in their own backyards.