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VOLUME I

PAGES 1 TO 97S



ALBANY, N. Y.

J. B. LYON COMPANY. STATE PRINTERS

1905-1911



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INTRODUCTION. ' '

On February 15, 1905. the late Hon. Robert B. Roosevelt,
uncle of the then President of the United States, invited to
his residence at No. 57 Fifth Avenue, New York City, the
representatives of various patriotic and historical societies
with a view to effecting an organization for the purpose of
celebrating in 1909 the three hundredth anniversary of the
exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson in
1609. The Committee there organized requested the Hon.
George B. McClellan, Mayor of the City of New York, and
the late Hon. Francis W. Higgins, Governor of the State
of New York, officially to name committees of citizens of
the City and the State of New York to act jointly in ar-
ranging such a celebration. Those officials selected 150
gentlemen to act in that capacity and they constituted the
Hudson Tercentenary Joint Committee. That Committee
was permanently organized December 5, 1905, and held its
first meeting for the transaction of business December 16,

1905. It continued in existence and active operation until
May 4, 1906, when, pursuant to its resolution of April 16,

1906, it was dissolved and merged into the Hudson-Fulton
Celebration Commission under the following circumstances :

During the course of the meetings of the Hudson Ter-
centenary Joint Committee it developed that there was in
existence a committee of citizens appointed by the Mayor
of the City of New York to arrange for the celebration in
1907 of the first practical application of steam to naviga-
tion on the Hudson River in 1807.

It appearing that two celebrations, so closely related in
their significance and so near each other in point of time,
might advantageously be combined, steps were taken, with
the approval of the Mayor, to secure a charter to unite both
movements. Such a charter was secured by special act of
the Legislature, chapter 325 of the laws of 1906, which
became a law by the Governor's signature on April 27, 1906.

Ill



The corporation thus created, and entitled the Hudson-
Fulton Celebration Commission, formally organized May 4,
1906, and thereafter conducted the arrangements for the
Celebration.

The Official Minutes of the Hudson Tercentenary Joint
Committee and of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Com-
mission, paged consecutively, were printed in pamphlet
form from time to time and sent to every member of the
Commission, a few copies of each edition being reserved
for collation and binding for the public libraries when the
work of the Commission should have been completed. The
work of the Commission now having been virtually com-
pleted, these Minutes have been collated, indexed and bound
in two volumes, aggregating 1967 pages, for deposit in a
certain number of i)ublic libraries. No more copies of
these Minutes are available and they are not for sale.

A complete official history of the Celebration, however,
has been printed under the title, " The Hudson-Fulton
Celebration, 1909," being the Fourth Annual Report of the
Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission to the Legislature
of the State of New York, transmitted to the Legislature
May 20, 1910. It is in two volumes, aggregating xvi + 1421
pages, and may be consulted in the principal libraries of
the Lhiited States and Europe. Inquiries concerning other
copies may be addressed to the J. B. Lyon Company,
State Printers, at Albany, N. Y.

HENRY W. SACKETT,

Secretary.
Headquarters of the Commission,

The Tribune Building, New York City.
August i, 1911.



IV



ILLUSTRATIONS.

Page

Map of Verplanck's Point 220

Official Medal, preliminary design 630

Cross-section (5f Clermont by Robert Fulton 651

Autograph of Robert Fulton 651

Drawing of Half Moon replica 652

Plans of Clermont replica 653

Hudson's Last Voyage, Collier's painting 805

Map of Hudson's four voyages 8r6

Drawing of Half Moon replica 821

'Portrait of Robert Fulton 832

Plans of Clermont replica 1. . . 842

Sketch of Official Badge 958

Hudson Monument design 067

Official Badge medallion 1 120

Official Poster 1 120

Official Medal, final design 1 196

Official Badge, final design 1210

Fort Amsterdam tablet design 1260

Half Moon replica, view of bow with crew 1268

Half Moon replica, view of stern 1270

Half Moon replica, view of foredeck 1272

Half Moon replica, view of afterdeck 1274

Official Flag in colors 1300

Portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm presented by him to

Herman Ridder i^g

Gold Medals presented to Herman Ridder and

Henry W. Sackett 1748



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Hon. Stewart L. Woodford

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Hon. Robrrt V. Roosevelt Hon. Levi P. Morton

Andrew Carnegie William Rockefeller

BRiG.-GhN. F. D. Grant, U.S.A. William B. Van Rensselaer

Morris K. Jesup Hon. Andrkw 1). White

treasurer

J. P. Morgan & Co.

23 Wall Street, New York

Secretary assistant Secretary

Henry W. Sackett Edward Hagaman Hall

Tribune Building, New York Tribune Building, New York



Permanently Organized, December 5, 1905



Executive Committee



Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, aair.an 18 Wall Stre^et New York

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