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How Eleanor Roosevelt Championed the Planet

“Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.” — Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt is rightfully lionized...

Five More Hudson Valley Claims to Fame

When it comes to superlatives, the Hudson Valley definitely holds its own. Here are five more sites that rank supreme...

How a Pioneering Woman Aeronaut Shattered Limits From the Hudson Valley

A race in the clouds on the Fourth of July, with one hot air balloon piloted by a woman! That’s...

Get Inspired by Three of the Valley’s Revolutionary War Women

As thousands of men went off to fight in the American Revolution, many women kept the home fires burning — which...

Appreciating Edna St. Vincent Millay at the Literary Legend’s Valley Home

Described by one writer as the “Bob Dylan and Madonna of her generation,” poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was...

Pioneering Female Astronomer’s Legacy Lives On

From the beginning, stargazing has been part of the curriculum at Poughkeepsie’s Vassar College. That’s because Maria Mitchell — America’s...

Seven Women Who Improved Life Here

They fought for working women’s rights, advocated for vulnerable children, even rescued drowning sailors. And of course, they called for...
Collage of three images. On the left, a portrait of Jane Colden. Middle, an excerpt from Colden's manuscript. Right, a botanical sketch from Colden's notes.

Remembering America’s First Woman Botanist

Driving along the distinctly suburban stretch of Route 17K in Coldenham, a hamlet in Orange County’s Town of Montgomery, it’s...

#BlackHistoryMonth: Valley Gardening Godfather James F. Brown

I went to church at Fishkill village and returned home through the rain and got very wet but heard a...

MLK’s Haunting Final Words to the Hudson Valley

A 1999 survey of scholars ranked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as the most important American...

Six Ways the LGBTQ+ Community Has Made History From the Hudson Valley

In the decades since New York City’s Stonewall Riots brought greater visibility to the U.S. movement for gay rights in...

From a Troy Orphanage to a Pioneering Medical Career: Pathbreaker Dorothy Lavinia Brown

“Dreams can be made to come true,” said Dorothy Lavinia Brown, who achieved her aspirations by becoming the first African...

America’s First Female Real Estate Tycoon: Catheryna Rombout Brett

The life of Catheryna Rombout Brett — namesake of Scenic Hudson’s Madam Brett Park in Beacon — reads like fiction:...

Get Inspired at These 10 Powerful Sites of the Valley’s Black History

Black Americans have been making important contributions to life in the Hudson Valley since the 17th century, but only in recent...

FDR’s Deft Civil Rights Advocate, Elizabeth McDuffie

Shortly after Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt moved into the White House in 1933, leaving behind the family’s beloved home on...
Sojourner Truth, 1870

Honoring Sojourner Truth Where She Walked to Freedom

Imagine being enslaved for 29 years — beginning at the moment of your birth.Imagine being subjected to cruelty that permanently...
Thurgood Marshall Painting by Betsy Graves Reyneau

Thurgood Marshall’s Valley Legacy

Travelers whizzing along Route 17 — perhaps on their way to or from hikes in Harriman or Sterling Forest State...
Pine Street African Burial Site (Photo by Kristopher Johnson)

Living Black History

Something to ponder during Black History Month: Prior to the abolition of slavery in New York in 1827, it was...
A little-known incident that took place in Troy illustrates the fearlessness of Harriet Tubman, the renowned abolitionist and rescuer of enslaved people.

Tubman in Troy

With the November 2019 release of the movie Harriet, we remember the courageous action she took in 1860 in Troy,...
Womens' Suffrage March (photo courtesy Library of Congress)

First Women’s March

On December 6, 1912, a group of 200-plus women began marching from Manhattan up the Hudson Valley to the State...

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Hudson Valley Viewfinder is a collaborative, community digital magazine sharing what inspires us about the beautiful Hudson Valley. We publish original stories and multimedia content about all things sustainable in the region along the Hudson River — including agriculture, science, wildlife, outdoor recreation, green transportation, environmental justice, and more.

Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

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Our mission is to immerse you in the storied history, fresh happenings, and coming solutions for making the Hudson Valley greener and more livable long-term.

Viewfinder is published by Scenic Hudson, the celebrated nonprofit credited with launching the modern grassroots environmental movement in 1963. With over 25,000 passionate supporters, Scenic Hudson’s mission is to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. Viewfinder supports that mission, because the better people understand what makes this place special, the more they will invest in protecting it. 

Keep up with the latest stories by subscribing to Scenic Hudson’s monthly digital newsletter, and connect with us on social via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Threads.

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

Lynn Freehill-Maye
Managing Editor
editorial@scenichudson.org 

Riley Johndonnell
Director Creative Strategies & Communications
rjohndonnell@scenichudson.org

We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
We’re always looking for ideas around our main topic areas of Climate Solutions, Land + Air + Water, Plants + Animals, History + Culture, Outdoors, and Community.
  • Journalists and writers who have deep familiarity with New York and the Hudson Valley, we’d love to have you contribute! Please do introduce yourself by email, sharing writing samples and any relevant pitches you may have.
  • Photographers and videographers, we’d love to hear from you and see what you do. Please send along a portfolio with images or footage that showcases your best and/or most relevant work, with an emphasis on anything captured outdoors. 
  • Illustrators, we commission artwork on the regular. Drop us a note with some of the beauty you’ve created.
  • Media Partners & Social Media Influencers, we welcome opportunities to team up on series and campaigns. Reach out with any background about yourselves and your ideas.
  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

  • We love to collaborate with media outlets, especially on episodic series (like these) of interest to our shared audiences. Past collaborations have included radio interviews, panel discussions and other events, original artwork, and e-blasts, all furthering the campaign’s excitement and reach. 
  • We also love to partner with other organizations whose missions align with Scenic Hudson’s. Feel free to reach out with some background on your group and its work.
  • Writers, photographers, and creatives, if you have an idea for a series or content campaign that might be a good fit, drop us a line!

Businesses, please note that as a nonprofit, Scenic Hudson is restricted from advertising or promoting for-profit companies, through Viewfinder or other outlets. While we understand content managers may wish to alert us to your company’s role in a relevant topic, we are unable to add links to businesses to our stories.

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