Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Award Recipients 2008
The Open Space Institute (OSI) created the Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards to honor OSI trustee Barnabas McHenry’s extensive contributions and accomplishments, to celebrate Barney’s leadership, and to foster future leaders in the Hudson River Valley. The awards support pairings of young leaders and exemplary projects.
2008 Award Winners
David Jakim is anticipating a June 2009 graduation from SUNY, New Paltz with a degree in Environmental Geochemical Science and is the current co-chairman of the Village of New Paltz Environmental Conservation Commission. Under the guidance of Hudsonia Ltd., an environmental research organization, David will digitize a hand-drawn map of ecologically significant habitats, and will identify, photograph, and map locations of plant species of conservation concern in the same study area. This information will help landowners and municipal agencies recognize and protect important biodiversity resources.
Arts - Alyson Mazzone
Alyson will assist the curators of Olana, home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church (1826-1900), in the development of an exhibition in celebration of the Quadricentennial. The 2009 exhibition will include rarely and never-before seen paintings, oil and pencil sketches of the Hudson River by Church. Alyson received a degree in Historic Preservation from Salve Regina University in 2007 and is currently in the master’s program at Eastern Illinois University. Olana State Historic Site is owned and operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
Historic Preservation - Jessica Friedlander
Jessica will work with the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist College, where she was an intern, and Walkway Over the Hudson to produce a series of visual and written works to illustrate the life of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge (PHRRB), an integral piece of architecture spanning the Hudson River. HRVI is the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and Walkway Over the Hudson’s mission is the conservation and stewardship of the PHRRB, one of New York State's three signature projects for the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. Jessica graduated from Marist College in 2007 with degrees in English and the Fine Arts.