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New Summer Program at The Farmers’ Museum Offers Young Children A Wide-Range of Fun Educational Opportunities

Written By Editor on 6/28/21 | 6/28/21

New Summer Program at The Farmers’ Museum Offers Young Children A Wide-Range of Fun Educational Opportunities


Family Farm Fun! takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. from July 6-August 19.



New program for kids:

Family Farm Fun! for children ages 4–8
Tuesday and Thursday mornings in July and August (July 6-August 19) from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Free for Museum Members. Non-members will be charged for regular museum admission.


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Parents are encouraged to bring their young children to The Farmers’ Museum on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this July and August for a new educational program, Family Farm Fun! (July 6-August 19). Each day, kids explore the Museum’s historic village and working farm, meet new friends, and make lasting memories. Stories, songs, special guests, games, and craft activities will impart a sense of our rural heritage and the bountiful natural and cultural resources we enjoy. While best suited for children ages 4–8, children of all ages will find enrichment in this program.

Parents and children meet in the Louis C. Jones Center in the Museum’s Main Barn at 11:00 a.m. Appropriate dress is recommended for the weather, as each program will include a guided walk through the Museum grounds. The program will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. We encourage parents to RSVP by registering via Eventbrite or by contacting Michelle Bosma, Manager of Youth Programs (email or telephone 607-547-1414). This program is provided free of cost to museum members. Non-members will be charged for regular museum admission. Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program. 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Vaccinated visitors are no longer required to wear face masks either indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated visitors must continue to wear face masks while inside buildings.


The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown. Visit for more information.


Family Farm Fun! Schedule (Subject to change pending severe weather):

July 6th & 8th -- Learn how animals, plants, and communities change through time with an emphasis on processes. On Tuesday, July 6th, we will read A Farm Through Time by Angela Wilkes and create nature paintbrushes to demonstrate process art. On Thursday, July 8th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify processes throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

July 13th & 15th – Discover the patterns that we use to identify animals and plants. Learn how patterns are recreated through the arts to beautify and inspire. On Tuesday, July 13th, we will read Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed by Joy Hulme and create dried flower mandalas. On Thursday, July 15th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify patterns throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

July 20th & 22nd – Encounter a set of important inventions that changed the way we work. Glimpse into the past to learn about the agricultural revolution, and the discovery of steam and electrical power. On Tuesday, July 20th, we will read The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade and experiment with the hidden properties of nature to create an erupting volcano sculpture. On Thursday, July 22nd, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify inventions throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

July 27th & 29th – How do individuals come together to make a whole? Investigate the complimentary relationships between people, animals, and plants that create our communities. On Tuesday, July 27th, we will read When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant and create a family tree handprint craft. On Thursday, July 29th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify types of communities throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

August 3rd & 5th – Learn how gestures, sounds, and symbols allow us to communicate emotions and information. On Tuesday, August 3rd, we will read A Symphony for the Sheep by C.M. Millen and create our own musical instruments. On Thursday, August 5th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify methods of communication throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

August 10th & 12th – Become familiar with elements of the wild landscapes that surround us. On Tuesday, August 10th, we will read Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature’s Footprints by Jim Arosky and create wild bird mobiles. On Thursday, August 12th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify the wilderness of weeds, mammals, birds, and bugs throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

August 17th & 19th – How do farmers help us to grow? Discover the many types of American farmers and the foods that they produce. Gain a sense of traditional American cuisine. On Tuesday, August 17th, we will read Farm by Ned Halley and create a fruity flower food craft. On Thursday, August 19th, we will embark on a scavenger hunt to identify foods produced by our farmers and their families throughout the museum, and we will finish with an historic children’s game.

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Free Cancer Screening July 27th

The mobile screening coach will be at the Stamford Tops Friendly Market on Tuesday, July 27, 9am-2pm to provide NO COST mammograms and Pap tests to women 40 and over.  No insurance? High deductible/copay? No problem! Call the Cancer Services Program at 1-888-345-0225 to find out how you may be able to get FREE cancer screenings and make an appointment.  Insurance is billed for those with insurance.  Colorectal cancer screening kits are also available for men and women 50 and over.

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Rediscover sunshine, optimism, and what it means to live Summer Out Loud 

The YMCA’s free three-week Summer Out Loud Family Challenge launches July 12. Opt-in to the free challenge today by texting SUMMER to 877-799-6220. 

After opting-in via text, follow the prompts to register for the challenge. You will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, workouts, and family fun activities to try throughout the challenge. Participating in the Summer Out Loud Family Challenge also comes with three free one-day passes to be used during the challenge to enjoy swimming, basketball and pickleball based on availability with facility reservation required. 
The Summer Out Loud Family Passport is filled with creative ideas and activities to do together with your family this July, also offering some fabulous prizes such as a one-year household membership to The Oneonta Family YMCA, weekly local prizes and the national grand prize of a family vacation of your choice (up to $5,000 value).  

To be eligible for the prizes, you must opt-in to the challenge and complete and return the Family Passport to The Oneonta Family YMCA by Wednesday, August 4. The national grand prize winner will be announced on Friday, August 13. 

“Kids and parents are eager to get out of the house and enjoy some of their most cherished summertime traditions and activities, said Frank Russo, Executive Director. This is the perfect time for families to participate in this free challenge to rediscover sunshine, optimism, and what it means to live Summer Out Loud!
We would like to thank our Summer Out Loud Community Partners, Fenimore Asset Management, The Daily Star and T-Mobile.”

To learn more about the Summer Out Loud Family Challenge, visit or The Oneonta Family YMCA at  

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Franklin Farmer's Market Welcomes Jim Dorn July 4th

The Franklin Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome Jim Dorn as our Music at the Market season opener on Sunday, July 4th, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jim plays guitar and sings pop and country music from the sixties through present day, including covers of such artists as John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, George Strait, and the Beatles. 


A favorite regional performer, Jim has been performing in the area for a over a decade. Hailing from the Boston area where he began performing in the seventies, Jim expanded his horizons to play in schools, coffeehouses, and onstage at art and music festivals. Accompanying his vocals with guitar and accordion, Jim’s show is sure to delight and is not to be missed. Celebrate Independence Day with some classic American tunes and local food at the Franklin Farmers’ Market. The performance is FREE to attend. Tables and chairs are available, and guests are welcome to bring their own seats as well. Don’t forget to purchase a sweet and beverage from a vendor to enjoy during the show.


The Market is open 10am to 2pm in the Village of Franklin on Institute Street and includes vendors from Franklin and surrounding towns. Selling breads & rolls, beef, chicken & eggs, doggy treats, herbs, honey, jams & jellies, jewelry, maple candies and syrup, mushrooms, plant seedlings, pork & lamb, preserves, a variety of produce, relishes, Scandinavian baked goods, sunflower oil, fresh & smoked trout, and home decor.


Music at the Market is made possible with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group, the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, and Delaware County Economic Development.


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July Events at Landis

July is a great month for blooms and bugs
and music. Come out to enjoy a day or an evening with us. Click on the activity name
for more information.

July 1, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

July 4, Sunday, 2PM

July 8, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

July 10, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

July 15, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

July 22, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

July 23, Friday, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
July 24, Saturday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

July 29, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Contact us at 518-875-6935 or

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Youth Art Workshops at OSMOS

OSMOS, in partnership with the West Kortright Centre, will be offering art workshops for youths aged 9-15, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm, July 6-29 at OSMOS Station, 24 Railroad Avenue, Stamford, New York, 12167. These programs are offered by donation. Participants are welcome to sign up for any number of days. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Experienced artists and educators have been invited to teach in a range of disciplines, including, but not limited to: photography, watercolor, sculpture, painting, and conceptual art. Patrick Barnes, WKC Executive Director, and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, OSMOS Director, will supervise together with the visiting artist in residence.

Each day's morning session will be from 9 to 11:30am, followed by a midday break, then an afternoon session from 12:30 to 3pm. Participants must provide their own lunch; snacks and water will be provided throughout the day.

Contact Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, OSMOS co-founder & director, for more information at

OSMOS and the West Kortright Centre are following NYS, CDC, and Delaware County guidance on Covid-19. These schedules and guidelines are subject to change. Attendee parents will be notified of any changes. Changes will not conflict with state and county guidelines.

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String Quartet Performance at Landis July 4th

Written By Editor on 6/21/21 | 6/21/21

Sunday, July 4, 2:00 PM 

Join The Upper Catskill String Quartet for an hour-long live performance presenting the music of composers representing four minority groups: Afro-American, Asian American, Women, and Hispanic American. 

Composers in the program include Florence Price, an Afro-American Composer recognized as the first noted African American female composer to gain national status; Asian American composer Zhou Long who received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music; Amy Beach who was considered one of the first successful American female composers of large-scale art music; and Astro Piazzolla who is an Argentine American known as the world’s foremost composer of Tango music.
Performing as the Upper Catskill String Quartet are violinist Heather Chan & Jessica Belflower (replacing Nathan Lawrence for this program), violist Amy Tompkins and cellist Brittany Tissiere.
“This program is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.”
Location: The Meeting House
Members and non-members: Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

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Franklin Farmers' Market Music at the Market Series

The Franklin Farmers’ Market, now in its 15th season, continues every Sunday through October 10th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open-air market is located on the lawn of Chapel Hall on Institute Street.

The market offers local produce and products for sale - breads, rolls, beef, chicken, eggs, dog treats, herbs, honey, jams, jellies, jewelry, maple candies and syrup, mushrooms, plant seedlings, pork and lamb, preserves, a variety of produce, relishes, Scandinavian baked goods, sunflower oil, and fresh and smoked trout. The market accepts coupons from the Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program.

Music at the Market programming returns July 4th, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with performances every Sunday through October 10th. The line-up of local and traveling musicians includes:

  • July 4th: Jim Dorn – Singer/songwriter playing pop, country, and folk from the sixties through present day on guitar and vocals.

  • July 11th: Iron Mountain Variety/Steve Eisenberg & Jim Tompson – Local musicians performing a variety of country, Celtic, show tunes, rock and roll, jazz, blues and more on flute, bodhran, harmonica, whistle, percussion, and vocals. 

  • July 18th: Colleen Kattau & Jane Zell – Bilingual powerhouse Colleen Kattau performing Latin-influenced Indy folk and socio-environmentalist music on guitar and vocals is joined by Upstate New York favorite Jane Zell for a blues, swing, and funk flavor. 

  • July 25th: Tributary/Kathy Shimberg, Dane Scudder & Ed Haher – Folklore-enthusiasts playing old-time, traditional music from the mountains.

  • August 1st: Mary Frances Perricone – A vocal performer hailing back to music from the fifties through the seventies.

  • August 8th: Catskill Mountain Consort/Amy Pratt – Trio celebrating classical favorites and original compositions.

  • August 15th: Mike Herman – Country blues on fingerpicked guitar with rugged vocals from a Northern Catskill performer.

  • August 22nd: Local Seisiún/Jean Withrow, Jim Haggerty & Kathy Shimberg – Local trio performing tunes fit for an Irish pub on traditional instruments.

  • August 29th: Charlie & The Roomers/Phil Leinhart, Charlie Reiman, Reggie Barnes, Orion Palmer & Hank Stahler – Featuring the mastermind behind Fokish bread and baked goods, the band will be playing blues, funk, soul, country, Nawleans, and more.  

  • September 5th: The Old Masters/Tim Iversen, Dan Martin, & Tom Ives – Group of long-time area musicians playing jazz standards out of the American Song Book.

  • September 12th: Hyzer Hillbillies/Bill Duke, Gayle Brown & Joseph Laureira – Local folk and bluegrass group featuring cover songs and originals on banjo and guitar.

  • September 19th: Jason Starr – Singer-songwriter playing a foot-stomping set of country-bluegrass music.  

  • September 26th: Rickety Fence – Playing a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the trio performs songs across genres and time periods. 

  • October 3rd: Thumbs & The Professor/Tim Iversen et al. – Songwriters duet playing a wide variety of blues, traditional and original tunes on a wide variety of instruments. 

  • October 10th: Randy Miritello – Nationally-touring musician mixing classic country and blues for a honkytonk good time. 

Seating is available for these free performances, beverages can be purchased from the hospitality tent, and food is available from multiple vendors.  NYS COVID-19 precautions are being followed, and all customers and their households should be free of symptoms. For the protection of the non-vaccinated children, patrons should wear masks. 

The market is hosted by Franklin Stage Company, managed by Franklin Local, and sponsored by Greater Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Music at the Market is made possible with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group, the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, and Delaware County Economic Development. 


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Vote for Landis in Survey

Written By Editor on 6/16/21 | 6/16/21

If you've enjoyed a day at Landis with your kids, this is a great way to let people know what a great place it is to enjoy nature with children. When you click on the link below, you'll be taken to a SurveyMonkey survey where you can vote on great places to take kids - Landis is in the first grouping. The whole survey should take no more than ten minutes, and it would mean a lot to us if you do it! The survey is still active until July 1.

While you're at it, if you've never looked at the website with activities for kids, or its companion site with activities for adults, we recommend you do - they're both great places to find something fun to try!

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Craft Fair Seeking Applicants

Applications are currently being accepted for a Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Cullen Pumpkin Farm, 587 Cullen Road, just outside the village of Richfield Springs. The Craft Fair is coordinated by the Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs, and benefits their annual fundraising efforts. 

The Cullen Pumpkin Farm, a long-time family-owned business, is a popular fall destination attracting visitors from a wide area. Check out their website at The owners have graciously offered the Church of Christ Uniting a flat, spacious grassy mowed area on the Pumpkin Farm premises—the ideal setting for a Craft Fair. 

For information and an application for the Craft Fair go to, e-mail, or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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Summer of Pollination to Unfold at Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Hudson Valley

Written By Editor on 6/15/21 | 6/15/21

The Season-Long Celebration Offers Activities That Explore the Dynamic of Pollination and Expand on the Landmark Collaborative Exhibition “Cross Pollination” Opening on June 12


Catskill and Hudson, NY  June 3, 2021 – The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that an entire “Summer of Pollination” will unfold at the two historic sites, providing a season of activities to expand on the landmark collaborative exhibition “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment,” which opens on June 12.


“Cross Pollination” was conceived in the Hudson Valley and

created by the two historic sites and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition stems from the artist Martin Johnson Heade’s 19th-century series of hummingbird paintings, The Gems of Brazil (1863-64), and their unique relationship to the epic landscapes of Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, as well as their continued significance to contemporary artists working today. The exhibition positions these 19th-century artists in a call and response with 21st-century American artists, whose works engage contemporary issues related to biodiversity, habitat protection, and environmental sustainability. The contemporary artists are Rachel Berwick, Nick Cave, Mark Dion, Richard Estes, Juan Fontanive, Jeffrey Gibson, Paula Hayes, Patrick Jacobs, Maya Lin, Flora C. Mace, Vik Muniz, Portia Munson, Lisa Sanditz, Emily Sartor, Sayler/Morris, Dana Sherwood, Jean Shin, Rachel Sussman, and Jeff Whetstone.


The “Summer of Pollination” will further activate the exhibition themes with the following related activities:


The Great Pollinator Ramble


  • The Great Pollinator Ramble, June 27 and August 28, Will Feature 20 Five-Foot-Tall Pollinator Puppets. The Ramble will take place on two occasions – Sunday, June 27, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, parading from the historic downtown in the Village of Catskill to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Saturday, August 28, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. Both events will feature 20 five-foot-tall pollinator puppets created by the Processional Arts Workshop, official pageant puppeteers for New York City’s famed Annual Village Halloween Parade. The Ramble is a procession that will feature the 20 large pollinator puppets (such as butterflies and hummingbirds), as they ramble surrounded by children and adults who have created their own hand-held flower puppets. The June 27 event will start on Main Street in Catskill and culminate at the Thomas Cole Site; the August 28 event will take place entirely on the 250-acre artist-designed landscape at Olana. At the completion of each event, the host historic site will convene an interactive “puppet-scape” for visitors interested in celebrating and learning more about native pollinators and their habitats. Support for the Ramble is provided by Art Bridges.
  • Volunteers Are Needed to Operate the Pollinator Puppets. Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, founders of the Processional Arts Workshop in Red Hook, NY, will orchestrate the design and construction of the large pollinator puppets and will team up with community volunteers to animate the 20 pollinator puppets during each Ramble. Volunteers are needed and should apply at
  • Art-Packets Are Available for Free to Make Local Pollinator Plants to Parade at the Rambles. The Art-Packets will be available starting June 12 for pickup throughout the summer at Olana and the Thomas Cole Site and at community pickup spots in Hudson and Catskill, while supplies last. The Art-Packets contain materials for use in creating hand puppets of pollinator plants to be carried during the Ramble.
  • Participants Will be Given a “Life List” Created by the Processional Arts Workshop to Accompany the Ramble. Both historic sites and community pickup spots in Catskill and Hudson will make available a printed “Life List” to help individuals identify the pollinators in the Ramble and enjoy the thrill of a landscape come to life with possibilities. Find more information at

A Self-Guided Pollinator Map Has Been Created by Two Artists on the Occasion of “Cross Pollination.” Lisa Sanditz and Emily Sartor collaborated to create The Thrilling Tales and Startling Adventures: An Unofficial Guide to Pollinators, which celebrates and identifies pollinators and pollen-makers that visitors can find on the grounds of Olana and the Thomas Cole Site, and within the environs along the Hudson River Skywalk, a scenic walkway that connects the two historic sites over the Hudson River via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. The Map will be available free to those with tickets to the exhibition.

A Series of Artist Talks Will Be Held This Summer and Fall. The first in the virtual series, featuring artists whose work is presented in “Cross Pollination,” will take place on June 8 with Portia Munson. Subsequent conversations will be held with Sayler/Morris and Rachel Sussman in July, Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood in August, and Lisa Sanditz and Paula Hayes in September. More information on the June 8 event can be found at


Additional Events Will be Unfolding Throughout the Summer and Fall. Updates will be provided at and


A Fully Illustrated 60-page Catalog of the Exhibition Has Been Published. A richly illustrated catalog – also titled “Cross Pollination” – features new original essays by the exhibition curators and over 30 full-page color plates. The catalog has been published by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership and is available at both historic sites’ gift shops and online.

Artist Martin Johnson Heade has long been associated with the Hudson River School of landscape painting, which is characterized by the epic landscapes of the artists Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and Frederic Church (1826-1900). Heade, though, with his series The Gems of Brazil, was making a different kind of “landscape” that magnified the intricate operations within nature itself. Heade traveled to Brazil in 1863, so that he could study the hummingbirds in their natural habitat. Heade’s focus in The Gems and his related writing, which decries the overhunting of bird species, aligns with the proto-environmentalism of Thomas Cole, who wrote against deforestation in his own time. Heade’s own Brazilian journey was inspired by Frederic Church’s travels in Latin America. The environmental awareness and advocacy of these 19th-century artists connect thought and conversations taking place today, as concern for preservation and protection of the environment reaches critical urgency.


“Cross Pollination” will be presented simultaneously as one exhibition at both Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, NY, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, from June 12 to October 31, 2021. The two historic sites are connected by the Hudson River Skywalk – with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains – that opened in June 2019. The exhibition will subsequently be presented at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas from November 20, 2021 to March 23, 2022. More information on the exhibition is available at


Olana and the Thomas Cole Site interpret and open their landscapes to the community for free as public parks and follow all pandemic protocols laid out by New York State. All guided tour and program participants are required to wear masks covering the mouth and nose and maintain social distancing (six feet at all times). More details on events, programming, and tours are available at the historic sites’ websites (below). Space is limited, and mid-week visits are typically less crowded.


Support for the exhibition and its national tour is provided by Art Bridges. Additional major support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.


Made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition is supported in New York in part by The National Endowment for the Arts; Market New York through I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature; the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation; Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program of the Greene County Council on the Arts; The Olana Partnership’s Novak-Ferber Exhibitions Fund, the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Charina Foundation, The Stainman Family Foundation, Anne Miller & Stuart Breslow, Kristin Gamble, and Deedee & Barrie Wigmore. Support for the catalogue is provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.


OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE AND THE OLANA PARTNERSHIP: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited historic sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State Parks to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana to make it accessible to all.


THE THOMAS COLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first major art movement. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the reconstructed historic New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, printed publications, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, free community events, lectures, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enable visitors to visit the places that Cole painted. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole’s life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation, our conception of nature as a restorative power and the need for public art museums—are historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. The Thomas Cole Site’s programming and operations are continually evolving under its initiatives for Greening, and Diversity, Equity and Access.


HUDSON RIVER SKYWALK REGION: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY and Olana – across the Hudson River in Hudson, NY – joined forces with New York State to launch a new initiative to recognize the region as an epicenter of American art where the nation’s first major art movement began. The project – titled the Hudson River Skywalk Region – weaves together the home and studios of Thomas Cole at the Thomas Cole Site and those of his legendary student Frederic Church at Olana with the landscape that inspired it all to create one seamless experience. With support from New York State, a continuous pedestrian scenic walkway – the Hudson River Skywalk – connects the historic sites across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River. The Region also includes the City of Hudson and the Town of Catskill. For more information, visit


Olana VISITOR INFORMATION:  The landscape is free and open to all every day from 8:30 am to sunset. For a current list of tours of the Main House and artist-designed landscape, visit Keep in touch on social media @OlanaSHS.


Thomas Cole VISITOR INFORMATION:  Admission to the gardens and grounds is free every day from dawn until dusk. The hours for Thomas Cole’s home, studios and special exhibitions vary by season. For details, see Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @thomascolesite.


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