News & Announcements
CELEBRATE BOSCOBEL: 2015 Year-End Annual Appeal
You enjoy Boscobel for its architecture, beautiful collections, Federal-period decor, popular programs, and stunning landscape. It is a one-of-a-kind place to learn about the region’s history and art. You and others who care about beauty, history and community have helped make this a special destination that serves visitors from near and far. Thank you!
THROUGH OUR YEAR-END ANNUAL APPEAL, I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT
TO HELP BOSCOBEL CONTINUE TO PRESERVE, PROMOTE AND CELEBRATE
ALL THAT MAKES IT AN AMERICAN CULTURAL ICON AND BELOVED LANDMARK.
I am especially excited about our new education programs. Boscobel’s location in the astonishingly beautiful Hudson Highlands makes it the perfect place to teach about the early American republic as well as our nation’s first art movement, the Hudson River School.
Recognizing our potential to enrich local classrooms, we established the position of Museum Educator. Lisa DiMarzo takes Boscobel into schools for captivating hands-on learning that is followed by visits to the historic Boscobel property.
Boscobel has developed a distinguished reputation for its annual exhibitions which emphasize Hudson River School artists and creates an understanding of the art and culture of the Hudson Valley.
Our important Federal-period house received a significant historical upgrade in its grand entry hall last year. With the arrival of our Curator, Jennifer Carlquist, further scholarly, interpretative changes are being planned.
The grounds and landscape are always compelling as people enjoy the rose garden, herb garden, and Woodland Trail of Discovery. There’s something for everyone. The people who know Boscobel not only love its stunning location but seek it out for community events, which range from Big Band, to Family Bonfire Night, to the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market, to special events such as glorious weddings.
Veterans and their families are offered special discounts and free admission programs. And Boscobel is now an approved site for service dogs and their owners being trained to assist those with physical and mental combat-related conditions.
As Boscobel reaches out ever more energetically to the community, the region and the world, I ask for your year-end support to help us even better serve you and others who value our mission. Donate online HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 845-265-3638 x117. It would be a pleasure to speak with you.
Boscobel House and Gardens
Daytime Holiday Tours
Boscobel House and Gardens will be even more beautiful than usual starting Wednesday, November 25. Both the 1804-08 neoclassical mansion and surrounding grounds will be decorated with historically-inspired wreaths, garlands, fruits and sweet treats. Expert docents guide visitors through each elegant room and entertain daytime visitors with stories of early 19-century yuletide traditions, many of which are still beloved today.
“More and more people are seeking out meaningful experiences to celebrate—and sometimes take time out from—the holiday season,” observes Executive Director Steven Miller. “Boscobel’s holiday house tours are the perfect way to spend quality time with friends and family, surrounded by beauty and history.”
Daytime Holiday Tours are offered November 25 through December 31, 10-3pm (Boscobel is closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.) Each guided tour is approximately one hour in length. Reservations are not necessary; tour tickets can be purchased in person or online at Boscobel.org. Friends of Boscobel members and children under 6 are FREE. Memberships are available for purchase online at Boscobel.org.
SPARKLE 2015 Continues to Shine
Although Sparkle’s Twilight Tours are sold out (consider a Daytime Holiday House Tour!), there are unlimited Grounds tickets still available which include all lights and attractions. Remaining dates are December 11 & 12 and December 18 & 19. See schedule of attractions and purchase tickets on the December calendar page at Boscobel.org.
Boscobel Salutes Veterans in November
To honor all former U.S. military personnel, Boscobel is offering free house & grounds admission to veterans who show their military ID (or even a photo of themselves wearing their uniform!) at the front desk during the month of November, 2015. The Boscobel Salutes Veterans Program also includes half-price admission for up to five family members per visiting veteran.
Steven Miller, Boscobel’s Executive Director remarked, “We are pleased to extend our appreciation for the service our veterans have provided and, by association, their supportive families. We hope they will enjoy all that Boscobel has to offer in the way of history, art and a stunning landscape – which includes a fabulous view of the Hudson Highlands and the United State Military Academy at West Point.”
Boscobel Sculpture Garden: Artists of the Hudson River School
By Greg Wyatt
Donated to Boscobel by the Newington-Cropsey Foundation
Boscobel is creating a permanent art installation celebrating the leading members of the Hudson River School of art. The school was not a place, but a mid-19th century movement invented by artists whose aesthetic vision was inspired by the Hudson River and its Highlands, both of which surround and showcase Boscobel. The artists represented in this garden supported the promotion and preservation of the extraordinary natural beauty of our unique landscape. The Artists Garden will feature ten cast-bronze portrait busts mounted on pedestals with informative plaques all arranged in a landscaped setting.
Targeted completion date for Phase 1: September 1, 2015
Boscobel Thanks Garden Club with Donation
The Philipstown Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, has been lovingly tending to Boscobel’s Herb Garden since the 1960s. To show appreciation for all of their efforts and contributions to the Hudson Valley environment and most specifically to the maintenance and upkeep of Boscobel’s Herb Garden –one of its most appealing visitor attractions– Executive Director Steve Miller presented the PGC with a check for $2,000 this week.
Boscobel Executive Director, Steven Miller presents a check to Anne Endler, President, Philipstown Garden Club amid the beds of flax, sage, lemon verbena and more — all tenderly tended by the PGC for the past 50+ years.
Miller stated, “Our partnership with the Philipstown Garden Club is deeply valued. Every Tuesday when I look out my office window, I see their members diligently tending what is certainly an endearing part of Boscobel’s outdoor ‘exhibits.’ Our visitors find the Herb Garden a special treat as there are few, if any, like it in the area. The Philipstown Garden Club is a leading contributor to what makes Boscobel so unique and inviting, so we thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our garden’s health and beauty.”
Military Families get FREE Admission this Summer
Active duty military and their families can enjoy free admission at Boscobel House & Gardens, plus more than 2,000 other museums nationwide, from Memorial Day until Labor Day 2015 through the Blue Star Museums program.
Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Monday, May 25 through Monday, September 7, 2015.
The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.
Thank you for your service!
Boscobel Donates Painting to West Point Museum
By unanimous action of the Boscobel Board of Directors, a painting of West Point and the Hudson River has been deaccessioned at Boscobel and is being presented to the West Point Museum. The oil on canvas titled, View of West Point, dates to 1856, but is unsigned. The quality of the imagery and execution suggests it was painted by a highly competent, self-taught artist of the period. While many members of the Hudson River School are well known today, this picture by an unknown painter clearly illustrates the Hudson River’s enduring appeal for artists. The Hudson Highlands, which appear in the background of the picture, were featured frequently and prominently in 19th-century prints, paintings, drawings and eventually photography.
Left to Right: Marlana L. Cook, Curator of Art, West Point Museum; Barnabas McHenry, Chair, Boscobel Board of Directors; Steven Miller, Boscobel Executive Director; David Reel, Executive Director, West Point Museum; Col., Dr. James Johnson, Boscobel Board of Directors, graduate United States Military Academy at West Point.
As with most museums, Boscobel periodically reviews its collections for relevancy, content, condition and mission focus. The most recent such survey touched on a limited number of objects that were deemed inappropriate for the mission of the organization. The date of the View of West Point is well outside Boscobel’s focus on the 1805-1820 Federal period of America’s history. While the landscape falls outside of Boscobel’s collecting interests, it is particularly appropriate for the West Point Museum. The United State Military Academy is nestled along the shoreline of the highlands and has long been a popular site with tourists and military personnel alike.
Speaking of the gift, Boscobel Executive Director Steven Miller noted, “We are pleased to donate the View of West Point to the West Point Museum. It will be preserved and remain in this area in a public collection and thus be appreciated for years to come.”
Marlana L. Cook, Curator of Art at the West Point Museum responds, “The West Point Museum is delighted to receive this wonderful painting into its collections. It is a lovely piece that will enhance our collection of Hudson River School paintings and help to educate the Cadets at the Military Academy about the history and landscape of West Point. We are grateful to our friends at Boscobel for donating this artwork to the West Point Museum.”
Boscobel House & Gardens Appoints New Curator
Boscobel continues to support its experienced and knowledgeable staff with the addition of Jennifer Carlquist as its new Curator (effective February 4, 2015). Ms. Carlquist will research, oversee and celebrate the museum’s nationally renowned collection of New York furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. She will also organize annual exhibitions that highlight the museum’s strengths and the rich artistic traditions of the Hudson Valley.
Ms. Carlquist is an art historian specializing in American interiors and 17th- to 21st-century decorative arts and designs made, collected and/or retailed in America. Her 15-year career as a museum professional includes curatorial and fundraising positions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Glensheen Historic Estate and a fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.
Ms. Carlquist teaches at SUNY New Paltz and has guest lectured at Parsons New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Victorian Society in America Summer Schools, Newport Symposium, Decorative Arts Forum and museums across the country. Ms. Carlquist earned her B.F.A. in Art History at the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in the Parsons/Cooper-Hewett Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design.
Ms. Carlquist’s first order of business at Boscobel will be researching the permanent collection and organizing its upcoming exhibition, Every Kind of a Painter: The Art of Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871).
Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel states, “We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to Boscobel. Her extensive experience and expertise in the historic focus of our mission will be of tremendous value, especially as we continue to enhance our exhibition programming and the interpretation of the iconic period rooms in our splendid mansion.”
2015 Season – Events, Exhibitions & More
Programming is well underway for Boscobel’s calendar of events… Many signature programs will return in 2015, such as the Boscobel Style Lecture Series, Turtle Walk, Yoga with a View, the Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic, Family Bonfire Night and Ghost Tours. Sparkle will also be back in December to offer the community an elegant and entertaining family event for the holidays.
Some new events are being developed, as well, including a historic tasting and music in the mansion with an 1800s chamber concert. All events revolve around Boscobel’s main attraction, of course, which are the house tours. Step back in time for a guided visit of Boscobel, and learn how it came to be the lavishly decorated mansion that it is today. Take in the spectacular view of the Hudson River and be inspired.
Opening in the Exhibition Gallery on August 2 will be, Every Kind of a Painter: The Art of Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818-1871). View the acclaimed works of the man who spent the last 11 years of his life living in a house he built next door to what is today Boscobel. Details coming soon.
The Cold Spring Farmer’s Market opens May 9, and The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival returns to its legendary, outdoor stage for season 29.
Reminder: Friends of Boscobel members always receive free admittance to the house and grounds, as well as discounts on event tickets and in the gift shop. Support your favorite not-for-profit historic site; memberships start at just $40.
Please watch the Calendar of Events at Boscobel.org for more details and to purchase tickets. See you when we reopen Wednesday, April 1!