Mid-Hudson Bridge Model Project

You can still get involved in this project!


           The Mid-Hudson Bridge, opened 90 years ago this year, connects the two sides of the Hudson Valley for commerce and has helped to build the Hudson Valley community. The Bridge’s iconic structure is often used by businesses and civic groups to represent the Hudson Valley.

            Many businesses and civic organizations are successful in part due to access provided by the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley (HBHV) is providing a unique opportunity to promote your business or group and celebrate the continued presence of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

            HBHV has contracted Usheco of Kingston, NY to create a form to mold models of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.  A limited number of models will be available for purchase. This is a one-time opportunity.  These models will be primarily offered to local businesses, groups, and individuals throughout Poughkeepsie and Highland, to highlight the connection between these Hudson Valley communities.  The models, decorated to celebrate local businesses and groups, will recognize the long term presence and invaluable contribution of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in our community.

            These types of models are very popular throughout the Hudson Valley. Some examples include the Catskill Cats, the Highland Trolleys, and the Esopus Tugboats. Tourists and locals alike enjoy visiting all model locations, meaning new connections for businesses, organizations, and artists.

          As HBHV is facilitating this opportunity, all designs must be approved by our MHB Model committee. Businesses, groups, and individuals can purchase a model, with the option to create their own design, seek out an artist to create their design, or go through HBHV to find an artist. Artists interested in designing a model, please contact jmitchell@nysba.ny.gov.

Once designs are approved and purchases are finalized, HBHV will create a map, available digitally and in print copy, to promote the presence of all MHB models at area locations. Models must be displayed from August 24th through Autumn.



  1. ASAP: THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF MODELS.  As a local business or organization interested in purchasing and displaying a model, or an artist interested in designing a model, please send a letter of interest to jmitchell@nysba.ny.gov. We will add your name to a list to reserve a model. 

  2. As a prospective model owner, submit a proposal no later than July 1st, 2020 to HBHV. This proposal must include your chosen design, whether created in-house or by an artist.

    • Proposal forms will be provided once your letter of interest is received. Artists contact lists will be provided once available.

    • Model owners are responsible for any costs associated with commissioning an artist, including compensation and materials.

  3. Models will be available for purchase while supplies last throughout July 2020. 

  4. Models should be complete and ready for installation by August 1, 2020. Installation is the responsibility of the MHB model owner.


How much will this cost myself, my business, or my organization?

  • $300 for the Mid-Hudson Bridge model on a metal base. Due to the financial crisis to small businesses created by the Covid-19 pandemic, we may be able to lower this price based on need.

  • Artist design cost is TBD, and must be negotiated between owner and artist.

  • Installation cost TBD, based on your preferences. There are many options that vary in cost for displaying your model.

How do we know how to decorate and install our model?

  • General instructions for painting and finishing the model will be provided.

  • Display options will be suggested based on type of location.

What happens to the model after Thanksgiving?

  • This model is yours to keep. You’re welcome to continue displaying your model.

  • Another option would be to raffle the model to your customers.

What are the benefits of purchasing a MHB model?

  • This is a unique, personalized advertising opportunity.  All models will have a plaque, provided by HBHV, with the names of the artist and owner of the model. Remember, designs can be specific to you and your message, as long as they are approved by HBHV.

  • This will also serve to create a community around our shared Hudson Valley experience. This is a chance to celebrate “all things local” in Poughkeepsie and Highland.

Have more questions about the

Mid-Hudson Bridge Model Project?

For inquiries email kburke@nysba.ny.gov or jmitchell@nysba.ny.gov.

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