Dick Johnson forwarded the following thoughts on the quadcentennial of Henry Hudson's famous voyage. -Editor Four hundred years ago Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in his ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon). Two hundred years ago, more or less, Robert Fulton used the same waters to test his new invention, his steamboat, the Claremont. One hundred years ago there was a massive celebration honoring both men, from New York City to the Catskills.
This year there seems to be the opinion, "ho-hum, we've got better things to do." Not one word of any medal being issued. What a contrast to 1909. Every medal maker in New York City was humming with activity that year. Even Medallic Art Company, then only one man, Henri Weil, was working at maximum capacity.
His brother, Felix Weil was in partnership with a fellow Frenchman, Jules Edouard Roine in a sculpture shop nearby. They were modeling medals as fast as they could, supplying galvano metal patterns to both Henri down the street, and Whitehead & Hoag across the Hudson River in Newark.
There was some news this week of 2009 events being planned. The Canadians were more interested than New Yorkers. The Canadian Press listed 17 such events up and down the Hudson River from wacky raft races to tulip festivals to cemetery tours.
A replica of Hudson's ship is sailing up and down the river this year and the Albany Institute of History and Art has mounted its current exhibit: "Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of History, Art, and Culture." It features hundreds of artworks, artifacts, interactive displays and rare documents from the institute's own collections, through Jan. 3, 2010.
The Associated Press, the New York Daily News and USA Today ran smaller stories. But thanks to our northern neighbors here is the best story: New York's Hudson Valley marks Henry Hudson's historic 1609 voyage (http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article
I was unable to find a decent image of a Henry Hudson medal online - can anyone provide some? Thanks. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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