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The Hudson-Fulton Celebration
September 25 to October 9, 1909

Official 1909 ProgramFor two weeks in 1909, communities along the Hudson pulled out all the stops to commemorate the voyages of Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton. And New York City was the natural focus of the festivities. There were parades with elaborate floats. Flowery speeches and fireworks displays. Exhibits of the latest industrial and cultural achievements. Replicas of the Half Moon and Clermont (which accidentally collided with minor damage). Ceremonial banquets and balls. A fleet of foreign and U.S. warships. And a galaxy of millions of electric lights everywhere from the Brooklyn Bridge to Grant's Tomb.

There were even flights by aviation pioneers and rivals Glenn Curtiss and Wilbur Wright, who circled the Statue of Liberty aboard the Wright Flyer III saluted by a chorus of ships' whistles including that of the ill-fated Lusitania. In case he had any problems, Wilbur had attached a red canoe to the plane's skis so he could paddle his way to safety.

The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College has made it possible to view the complete 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Volumes I and II. Click here to view these digitized volumes as text searchable PDFs. http://hudsonrivervalley.net/books/HF300/


Photos of the 1909 Celebration
Half Moon being lowered from deck of Soestdijk in New York Navy yard
Half Moon being lowered from deck of Soestdijk in New York Navy yard
Historical parade in New York at Court of Honor
Historical parade in New York at Court of Honor
State Street in Albany looking west
State Street in Albany looking west

The Clermont proceeding with steam and sail
The Clermont proceeding with steam and sail
Warships outlined in light with fireworks
Warships outlined in light with fireworks
Official Landing at 110th Street, New York Naval parade
Official Landing at 110th Street, New York Naval parade

Arrival of Naval parade in Newburgh
Arrival of Naval parade in Newburgh
Manor Hall float coming through arch in Getty Square, parade in Yonkers
Manor Hall float coming through arch in Getty Square, parade in Yonkers
The Half Moon ramming the Clermont
The Half Moon ramming the Clermont

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