Join Boscobel’s Lisa DiMarzo at the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market this Saturday at 10:00am to discover Symbols of New York State.
Let’s see what they are and what we can find out about them.
Create a leaf rubbing creature with a leaf from the New York State tree!
Boscobel is home to so much natural beauty. It is also rich in history and culture. The state symbols of New York are an important part of both.
We hope you will join us as we revel in the history of our region with a Community Open House at Boscobel House and Gardens, Military Reenactment Day, Revolutionary War Children’s Activities (with our museum educator, Lisa DiMarzo!), and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s collaboration with Boscobel, The General from America—among many other activities.
Steven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York, has been accepted as a Visiting Scholar at The American Academy in Rome. He will complete a two-week study term there in November.
Miller has been in the museum field since 1971. He has served as a curator, director, consultant, trustee, and educator. For the past fourteen years, he has been an adjunct professor in the Seton Hall University M.A. program in Museum Professions. He holds a B.A. in Sculpture from Bard College and an International Graduate Certificate in the Principles of Conservation Science from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy. Miller joined Boscobel as Executive Director in 2013.
During his time as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome, Miller will complete a book about how museums remove collections, a practice referred to in the profession as “deaccessioning.” He has made it something of a specialty over the years, having written, lectured, advised, and consulted extensively on the subject.
An important part of any collection management practice, deaccessioning can be highly controversial and must take place under stringent professional guidelines to remain ethical. Miller’s deaccession book will follow Wiley-Blackwell’s forthcoming publication of his museum studies textbook in the fall of 2017.
Speaking about this opportunity at the American Academy in Rome, Miller says, “I am delighted to have been selected for this competitive honor. It will be time well-spent in a distinguished learning environment in a remarkable city teeming with stellar art, exciting history, and awesome museums.”
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME (from aarome.org)
Founded in 1894, the American Academy in Rome is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. It is the only privately funded not-for-profit institution among the national academies. In addition to its Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships, the Academy invites a select group of Residents, Affiliated Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Scholars to work together within this exceptional community in Rome.
Boscobel House and Gardens has been selected as the host and case study for a January Think Tank on increasing audience engagement. The event’s co-host is the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, a preeminent advocate for innovation in decorative arts scholarship and interpretation. The Chipstone Foundation has organized similar sessions at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic House Trust, and museums across the country. Boscobel’s think tank will focus on how best to connect visitors to its unique array of resources, from its renowned collection of Neoclassical New York furniture to its historic and visually stunning landscape along the Hudson River.
Panelists include Glenn Adamson (Yale University), Jennifer Carlquist (Boscobel), Sarah Carter (Chipstone), Ned Cooke (Yale University), Meredith Horsford (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Peter Kenny (Classical American Homes Preservation Trust), Emily Knapp (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Jon Prown (Chipstone), and Sean Sawyer (Olana Partnership); Keith MacKay (Wilton House Museum) and artists Asher Israelow, Christopher Kurtz, and Beth Lipman.
“I am pleased to welcome Chipstone and the entire panel of scholars and artists for these discussions, which are part of the Boscobel’s ongoing Strategic Planning process,” explains Boscobel’s Executive Director Steven Miller. “Throughout 2016 we worked with The Marist Poll to survey our visitors, 86% of whom rated their Boscobel experience as ‘excellent.’ The January think tank is an important opportunity to hear from outside voices, and explore new ways to reach even more visitors going forward.”