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Rock the River

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Half-marathon, 5K Run, and 6K Trail Run
to benefit the Palisades Parks Conservancy

All three races begin at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee.

Enter today and save — early-bird registration ends April 1st!

Volunteers are needed, both on race day and to help set up the day before. You can help to man water
stations • direct traffic • register runners • hand out food, t-shirts, and awards • help at the finishing
line. ***Click here to learn more!***

Weds., April 1 • 7:30 PM
“The Unknown Palisades: A Slideshow through Time”


There will be an llustrated talk with Eric Nelsen for Ferry Sloops, 7:30 PM on Apr. 1 at Shattemuc Yacht Club, Ossining, NY. Free and open to all. For more information: 914-841-3107.

Check our calendar for more offsite programs this spring! (Click here to learn how to book one of these programs for your group.)

Road Closed

Port Authority construction work on the GW Bridge drainage system has been delayed due to weather and field conditions. Weekday closures on Henry Hudson Drive from the Edgewater park entrance to the Ross Dock circle will continue until work is complete. The road should be open to cyclists and pedestrians on weekends by the end of April, and vehicles by May 1, conditions permitting. Click here for more information.

During the week of April 6, wall repair will take place on Henry Hudson Drive from the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin to Dyckman Hill Road (Palisade Ave./Englewood Cliffs park entrance). One lane will be closed — motorists and cyclists use caution.

Join us this spring for outdoor workshops with Sean Miller





"Backpacking for Beginners" • April 12 & June 20
"Survival Saturdays" • April 18 (Shelter), May 16 (Fire) & June 13 (Water)

This spring and summer, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will sponsor workshops for nature and hiking enthusiasts, beginners and experienced alike, to learn or brush up on outdoor backpacking and survival skills. The workshops will be hosted by the park’s own expert backpacker and survivalist, Sean Miller. Miller, a Buffalo, New York, native who now serves as a crew leader on the park’s Trail Crew, has logged more than a thousand miles on local and long-distance trails in the Northeast. He has planned and executed both group and solo trips, from overnight to weeks-long excursions, into deep wilderness. <<to keep reading>>
First in the series:  "Backpacking for Beginners" • Sunday, April 12, 11 AM1 PM at State Line Lookout. For children 5 & up and adults of all ages. Free and open to all — advance registration is NOT needed. For more information: 201-615-9226.


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MAY 2nd

Newburgh Nonprofit 2015

(Newburgh, NY …February 25, 2015) Not-for profits in the greater Newburgh area are encouraged to participate in the 5th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair. This event is to be held at Washington’s Headquarters on Saturday, May 2nd, from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Safe Harbors of the Hudson and the

Newburgh Free Library are in partnership with the historic site coordinating this program. The day provides not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to raise awareness of the great and important services they provide, as well as network and provide support to each other.   These organizations rely upon volunteers to assist in their endeavors. Representatives of these organizations will staff a table to provide information and be available to recruit new volunteers who wish to join their efforts. 


All are invited to attend the Fair, visit the tables, and ask about the work these organizations are engaged in first-hand. There also will be tours of the Hasbrouck House, used by General and Mrs. Washington, during the Revolutionary War. Support from our sponsors has made admission to the Hasbrouck House and the Museum free on this day, encouraging visitors to learn just how important a role Newburgh played during the War of Independence.


Please take advantage of this opportunity to promote the work you are doing, recruit new volunteers, and network with other community organizations trying to make a difference in Newburgh.


For an application for your organization to participate click here . For further

information or directions call 845-562-1195.



WASH HQs 2015Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark.  It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District.  The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For further information contact: (845) 562-1195.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com, or www.palisadesparksconservancy.org . For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters.



Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley.  For 125 years, it has stoodas the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.


Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Or donate online: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!



Name: Chip
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I am a member of American History Club for Kids (AHCK) - pronounced (AhCheck). If you are 6-17 years old I hope you will join AHCK....it's FREE!  Free is good! Click HERE to go to  American History Club for Kids.

C:\Users\HP\Pictures\Lane's website\Lane_at_desk (2).jpg Author:
Lane Calhoon Dolly

Book Titles:
A Distant Call: The Fateful Choices of Hattie Sheldon  

No Turning Back:
  The Harrowing Journeys of Hattie Sheldon

Available: Amazon

The April edition of Americans History Network welcomes researcher and author Lane Calhoon Dolly, author of two exciting books, A Distant call: The Fateful Choices
of Hattie Sheldon,
and  No Turning Back: The Harrowing Journeys of Hattie Sheldon. Lane brings a rich and diverse set of
professional and life experiences to her series of historical fiction novels. Grassroots politics led her from ranch country in Oklahoma to Washington, DC in 1981. She worked in President Reagan’s White House, at three national political conventions, as well as nonprofits, private firms and government. Afterwards, a Master of Arts in Public Policy drew her to history, genealogy and research.  Her discovery of the all-but-lost life story of
a ground-breaking ancestor led her to study the Cherokee Nation before Indian Territory became the state of Oklahoma.  Rich findings motivated these historically compelling tales whose timeless themes send striking messages about following your heart and persevering against all odds.

Joe B. Roles

Book Title:
Mary Jane's War

Available: Amazon

Background: Americas History Lady was fortunate to have attended a breakfast gathering of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Kena Shriners, Fairfax, VA, where Joe E. Roles, the author of  Mary Jane's War, was the guest speaker.MORE

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