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The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission

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. These anniversaries will be observed in 2009.

The Act declares: "This celebration should be statewide, involving all the people of the state, as well as reaching well beyond the borders of the state through imaginative and innovative programs, events, exhibits and new and expanded facilities and marketing to engage the people of the nation and from all parts of the world. Furthermore, it declares that the 400th anniversaries and the years preceding them offer great opportunities to inspire and educate particularly the young people of the state, to increase recognition and appreciation of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain and the diverse communities that developed along the Hudson River and Lake Champlain over four centuries, and to develop a thriving natural and cultural tourism economy."

Empire State Building (from the Lower West Side)

Empire State Building (from the Lower West Side), publish courtesy of www.pdimages.com/NewYorkpics.htm


The Commission is developing and promoting plans and activities to commemorate these historic events which established New York State's identity as America's Gateway and its first frontier. Our goals are:

We are engaging civic, educational, cultural and heritage organizations in building a growing program of visioning, commemoration and improvements in the years approaching the Quadricentennial and for the years following it.

With these efforts, we will focus local, state, national and international attention on events concerning the legacy, events and explorations that were key to the history and culture of New York State, the United States and the world.

The Role of the Commission

The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission will also highlight the history and beauty of the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, and the opportunities for cultural, community, and tourism enhancements along these waterways. Commission activities will include: