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Thomas Cole National Historic Site Immerse yourself in the home, studios and landscape of the artist and early environmentalist, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) | 2021 National Medal Nominee

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported at the annual Summer Party and celebrated the 20th anniversary of our c...
01/07/2024

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported at the annual Summer Party and celebrated the 20th anniversary of our chairman and party host extraordinaire Find the full photo gallery at thomascole.org/2024summerparty 📸

What kind of steward of the land do you want to be? 🌎 Share a walk around the  property and gardens to connect with the ...
27/06/2024

What kind of steward of the land do you want to be? 🌎 Share a walk around the property and gardens to connect with the land with Lucy Grignon (enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nation and a direct descendant of the Menominee Nation) of Ancient Roots Homestead in the workshop “The Plants Carry Our Ancestors’ Stories.” Learn the stories of seeds, and make seed bombs to use at home or throw into the meadows on site.

When: Saturday, July 6, at 11 am
Where: in Catskill, NY

Free tickets available at the link in bio or via thomascole.org/events.

Take a break from the heat in our air conditioned interiors! 💨 From our Executive Director, Betsy Jacks (): “Museums are...
21/06/2024

Take a break from the heat in our air conditioned interiors! 💨 From our Executive Director, Betsy Jacks (): “Museums are always the perfect temperature and humidity, not for you necessarily, although that’s a nice side effect. It’s for the art, which could warp or peel or mildew if allowed to get hot and humid. So head to a museum during a heat wave. This fantastic tree is in a Thomas Cole painting on view .”

➡️ We’re open 9:45 am–5 pm from Wednesday–Sunday. Tickets are available at the link in bio or thomascole.org/tickets and at the Visitor Center & Gift Shop.

In 1840, a free, Black woman between the ages of 55 and 99 was recorded on that year’s census as a resident of what is n...
19/06/2024

In 1840, a free, Black woman between the ages of 55 and 99 was recorded on that year’s census as a resident of what is now the Cole Site. Though this woman, whose name remains unknown, was undoubtedly an essential contributor to the household and to the lives of the Cole and Thomson families who lived here, this single check mark is the only acknowledgment we have of her existence. She is absent from Maria Bartow Cole’s letters to her husband Thomas Cole, narrating the lives of family members and visitors and the affairs of the household. Through examining the primary accounts of other free and enslaved Black women in the 19th-century Hudson Valley, we can begin to imagine what her experience may have been like. Perhaps she prepared meals, contributed to household cleaning, took care of the Cole children, or made trips into town to purchase goods such as flour and tea. These theories, however, are nothing more than informed speculation. Her untold story serves as a personal example of the systematic erasure of Black lives in 19th-century America. Read more about her at thomascole.org/who-was-she

New exhibition opening Upstate Art Weekend 👀 Announcing “ALAN MICHELSON: Prophetstown,” a site-responsive solo exhibitio...
18/06/2024

New exhibition opening Upstate Art Weekend 👀 Announcing “ALAN MICHELSON: Prophetstown,” a site-responsive solo exhibition presented throughout Thomas Cole’s 19th-century home and grounds. Addressing history, landscape and ecology from an Indigenous perspective, the exhibition includes a room-size installation of the artwork “Prophetstown,” as well as other video and mixed media works installed in conversation with the historic house, collections, and landscape. “Prophetstown” references the cabin in Thomas Cole’s 1847 painting “Home in the Woods,” among other fictional and historic log cabins. Opens SAT, JUL 20 and runs through DEC 1 at the

Alan Michelson (Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River) is an internationally recognized New York-based artist, curator, writer, and lecturer. For more than 30 years, he has been a leading practitioner of a socially engaged, critically aware, site-specific art grounded in local context and informed by the retrieval of suppressed histories. Recent exhibitions include the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Enmeshed at the Tate Modern, Greater New York 2021 at MoMA/PS1, and Alan Michelson: Wolf Nation at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Learn more at the link in bio or thomascole.org/prophetstown

Image: Alan Michelson, "Prophetstown: Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop," 2012, handmade paper, archival ink, archival board, and balsa wood, 19 x 17.25 x 31 in., Courtesy the artist

We’re bringing back our weekly  ! ✨ Join our amazing Museum Guides and Cole Fellows on Thursdays and Sundays at 12 pm to...
14/06/2024

We’re bringing back our weekly ! ✨ Join our amazing Museum Guides and Cole Fellows on Thursdays and Sundays at 12 pm to learn more about the collections, behind-the-scenes of our special exhibitions, deep dives into paintings, and more.

With the birth of his first child, Theodore Cole, Thomas Cole became both an artist and a father. On this Sunday, June 16, join Museum Guide Michaela () at 12 pm to learn more about Theodore his relationship with Thomas.

➡️ Future this month include an in-depth look at Thomas Cole’s painting “The Architect’s Dream” and a deep dive into the building of the Main House in 1815. Included with General Admission tickets, available at the link in bio, thomascole.org/tickets, or in-person in the Visitor Center & Gift Shop.

🖼 From Theodore Cole’s Sketchbook,

Get out in nature and learn how to weave natural plants in Catskill with our new workshop series, “Smelly Aesthetics” - ...
06/06/2024

Get out in nature and learn how to weave natural plants in Catskill with our new workshop series, “Smelly Aesthetics” - a partnership with the .ruckman and .

All around us, the beauty of the natural landscape is shaped and reshaped by the living creatures, natural and unnatural forces who call this place home. In “Smelly Aesthetics,” we will explore the odorous dimensions of plants, the way they harness scent to communicate amongst themselves, and influence the world of creatures around them. A walking tour mixes storytelling and sensory exercises to attune our awareness to different plant communities within the landscape, followed by weaving responsibly-harvested Mugwort into aromatic smudges, wall hangings, or crowns.

When: Sunday, June 30th
Where: Mawignack Preserve, 56 Snake Road, Catskill, NY

Free tickets available at the link in bio or via thomascole.org/events Reserve now before it fills up!

The program was made possible by David Bury and The Bay and Paul Foundations

"I often reference landscapes in my work, and I think of it in terms of capturing the feeling of the landscapes where I ...
06/06/2024

"I often reference landscapes in my work, and I think of it in terms of capturing the feeling of the landscapes where I am from," writes Teresa Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa) on her 2019 work "Forest."

"The reason I want my abstractions to investigate these places is that, for me, they are more than just a pure investigation of land; they are, rather, explorations of what the land holds and signifies: culture, memories, people, our creation sites, ceremonial sites, sacred sites. We are not removed from the land; I do not see us as separate from the land but, rather, land is a part of everything."

"Forest" is in the collection and now on view in the exhibition at the .

Installation view of (Mandan/Hidatsa), Forest, 2019, willow, yarn, spray paint, and buffalo sinew on AstroTurf, 69 x 52 in. Courtesy the artist and Forge Project, traditional lands of the Moh-He-Con-Nuck, Taghkanic, NY | Photo by

🌱 Today we announced the completion of PHASE 2 of our GREENING Initiative on   🌎 Our campus-wide Greening Initiative tak...
05/06/2024

🌱 Today we announced the completion of PHASE 2 of our GREENING Initiative on 🌎 Our campus-wide Greening Initiative takes action to honor the legacy of Thomas Cole, who was both an artist and an early environmentalist.

Heather Palmer, Director of Visitor Engagement, oversaw the completion of Phase 2 this year and first launched the Greening Initiative in 2017. From Heather: “Back in 2017 we had been talking for a long time about how we might become a more environmentally friendly site, both to do less harm to the earth, and better align our practice with our interpretation of Thomas Cole as a proto environmentalist. I remember my excitement when I first discovered the existence of reusable Keurig coffee pods. We ordered a set of them right away, one for each of us at the time, and I recall the refreshing feeling of knowing we were doing something just a little bit better for the earth. I smiled and thought, ‘Thomas would approve.’ I like to think it gave us all a bit of energy to think about what else we could replace for the better. With different eyes we examined some of our other practices, like single-use plastic soaps bottles in restrooms, the kind of paper we use for printing, our lawn mowing routine, what kind of plants we put in the gardens, and more. Soon after that we set to work on a greening to-do list. We came up with more ideas – oftentimes just in passing between meetings – and the list grew in length. With pages devoted to steps we could potentially take, and in ways that touched all areas of our operation and mission, it was soon time to look at this thing together as a team, gather even more ideas, and set to work with real intention. Soon we began to take significant steps, and since then everyone here has been involved in amazing projects that will help to make our physical footprint here just a little bit smaller.”

Learn more at the link in bio or at thomascole.org/greening.

🌱 Today we announced the completion of PHASE 2 of our GREENING Initiative on   🌎Our campus-wide Greening Initiative take...
05/06/2024

🌱 Today we announced the completion of PHASE 2 of our GREENING Initiative on 🌎Our campus-wide Greening Initiative takes action to honor the legacy of Thomas Cole, who was both an artist and an early environmentalist.

Major accomplishments of Phase 2 include:

* Sourcing renewable electricity from a regional community solar garden
* Eliminating the use of pesticides and becoming a certified member of the Pollinator Pathway Northeast
* Establishing a composting practice
* Converting office products such as soap and cleaning agents to environmentally friendly substances with minimal or no plastic packaging.
* Creating an office policy guide for employees.

The site’s Director of Visitor Engagement, Heather Palmer, oversaw the completion of Phase 2 this year and first launched the Greening Initiative in 2017.

Learn more at the link in bio or at thomascole.org/greening.

From Chief Curator Kate Menconeri (): “Grateful and honored to welcome the incredible team from  and professors from  fo...
04/06/2024

From Chief Curator Kate Menconeri (): “Grateful and honored to welcome the incredible team from  and professors from  for a curatorial tour of  and our special Native Prospects exhibition, curated by Dr Scott Manning Stevens. Thank you for spending the time and for rich conversations! What a wonderful visit.”

Emily Cole flower watch continues: the peonies are blossoming in the flower garden! 🌸 📸 Associate Curator Amanda Malmstr...
31/05/2024

Emily Cole flower watch continues: the peonies are blossoming in the flower garden! 🌸

📸 Associate Curator Amanda Malmstrom () | Emily Cole, “Untitled (Peonies),” n.d., watercolor and pencil on paper, 11 3/4 x 10 1/8 in., Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Edith Cole Silberstein

  from the artist  who reviewed our new exhibition   for ... in the comics section:"It’s way past time to shift the role...
30/05/2024

from the artist who reviewed our new exhibition for ... in the comics section:

"It’s way past time to shift the role of Indigenous people in American art from background decoration to the creators themselves. That’s the brilliantly simple idea of the ‘s new group exhibition 'Native Prospects.' See my full visual-essay-comic review in via the link in my profile. 🎨🌄 Such an honor getting to chat with curator Scott Manning Stevens and for this one. Especially as someone grappling with what it means to paint these waterfalls, I love what they’re up to over at The Cole Site!"

You can also find the link via the exhibition page in bio or at thomascole.org/nativeprospects

Now accepting bookings for 2025 weddings and special events. Host your ceremony on the lawn and dinner in the forthcomin...
23/05/2024

Now accepting bookings for 2025 weddings and special events. Host your ceremony on the lawn and dinner in the forthcoming designed by

Browse all the options to bring your special event to life, from cocktails on the Cole Center bluestone Forecourt to elegant barn dinner parties in the Storehouse at thomascole.org/rentals or the link in bio.

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We are open this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Memorial Day Weekend! ✨ Book a guided tour to experience our historic ...
23/05/2024

We are open this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Memorial Day Weekend! ✨ Book a guided tour to experience our historic interiors, the special exhibition  , and immersive digital installations. Our grounds are always open daily for free from dawn to dusk.

➡️ Tickets available at the link in bio or thomascole.org/tickets. Advance registration is suggested, as tours do sell out.

📸 by 2018 Cole Fellow Michael Quituisaca

From associate curator  “Emily Cole flower watch is back on! Irises are in full bloom in the front yard garden.”
22/05/2024

From associate curator “Emily Cole flower watch is back on! Irises are in full bloom in the front yard garden.”

On June 1, celebrate   and the five-year anniversary of the grand opening of the   at the “Bridges to Parks” hike event....
20/05/2024

On June 1, celebrate and the five-year anniversary of the grand opening of the at the “Bridges to Parks” hike event. 🥾 Multiple guided hike options of varying difficulty will be offered along the Hudson River Skywalk to the Thomas Cole Site in Catskill and Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. The Hudson River Skywalk is a scenic walkway that connects the historic homes and studios of the two Hudson River School painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

➡️ The event will start at 9 a.m. and will kick-off at the park area next to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge office, on the west (Catskill) side of the span. Free registration at hudsonriverskywalk.org/events.

Presented in partnership with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, New York State Bridge Authority, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NY State Parks & Historic Sites) and The Olana Partnership (Frederic Church's Olana).

What a great day for an opening. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the new exhibition   with us 📷
09/05/2024

What a great day for an opening. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the new exhibition with us 📷

Our new exhibition "Native Prospects: Indigeneity And Landscape" is now open!Curated by Scott Manning Stevens, PhD / Kar...
08/05/2024

Our new exhibition "Native Prospects: Indigeneity And Landscape" is now open!

Curated by Scott Manning Stevens, PhD / Karoniaktatsie (Akwesasne Mohawk), the exhibition juxtaposes an Indigenous approach to the articulation of land with the American landscape paintings of Thomas Cole. The exhibition presents 19th-century paintings by Thomas Cole featuring Native figures, in context with Indigenous works of historic and cultural value, and artworks by contemporary Indigenous artists: Teresa Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa), Brandon Lazore (Onondaga, Snipe Clan), Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk), Alan Michelson (Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River) and Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee).

Grab your tickets at the link in bio or at thomascole.org/tickets

Installation view with: Teresa Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa), “Forest,” 2019, Courtesy the artist and Forge Project; Thomas Cole, “Solitary Lake in New Hampshire,” 1830, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation / Olana State Historic Site, OL.1981.19.A,.B; and Brandon Lazore (Onondaga, Snipe Clan), “Sky Dome Pattern,” 2024, digital rendering. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Peter Aaron/OTTO

Swing by the opening of   this Saturday, May 4, from 4-6 PM at the  and sample brews and treats donated by  (featuring a...
03/05/2024

Swing by the opening of this Saturday, May 4, from 4-6 PM at the and sample brews and treats donated by (featuring artwork by !) and 🍺🍪

More   📸A beautiful water fall by the artist Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk) is cascading in Thomas Cole's New Studio   You’re...
03/05/2024

More 📸A beautiful water fall by the artist Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk) is cascading in Thomas Cole's New Studio You’re invited to the opening tomorrow, Saturday, May 4, from 4-6 PM | Photo by

Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk), "Waterfall VIII," 2011, wood and metal fasteners, 82 × 80 × 64 in. Denver Art Museum, Native Arts acquisition fund, 2011.430A-N. © Truman T. Lowe

Brandon Lazore (Onondaga, Snipe Clan), "Sky Dome Pattern," 2024, digital rendering. Courtesy the artist

Find our new exhibition in      🥂 You’re invited to the opening this Saturday, May 4, from 4 to 6 pm. No RSVP required ✨
01/05/2024

Find our new exhibition in 🥂 You’re invited to the opening this Saturday, May 4, from 4 to 6 pm. No RSVP required ✨

Installation for our new exhibition   is in full swing! Stay tuned and join us this Saturday, May 4th from 4-6 pm for th...
29/04/2024

Installation for our new exhibition is in full swing! Stay tuned and join us this Saturday, May 4th from 4-6 pm for the opening 🥂 Photo by

Now available in the gift shop and online 📖 Grab your copy of the catalogue for our new exhibition, “Native Prospects: I...
27/04/2024

Now available in the gift shop and online 📖 Grab your copy of the catalogue for our new exhibition, “Native Prospects: Indigeneity and Landscape,” opening at the next Saturday, May 4! Shop in person during our open hours, and online at the link in bio or store.thomascole.org anytime.

Happy   🌳 Read about our favorite tree in a new story from The National Trust  …“Thomas Cole wrote that ‘Trees are like ...
26/04/2024

Happy 🌳 Read about our favorite tree in a new story from The National Trust …

“Thomas Cole wrote that ‘Trees are like men, differing wildly in character… they exhibit striking peculiarities, and sometimes grand originality.’

The 200-year-old honey locust that towers over his home is no exception, with its distinctive three-branched thorns. Planted at the entrance to the Main House, the honey locust appears in an 1868 painting of the site by artist Charles Herbert Moore (1840-1930). Today, visitors to the site can see both tree and Moore’s painting, which is part of the museum’s collection.”

Read the full story at savingplaces.org/stories/trees-inspire-hahs or the link in bio ⬆️

Clouds and Catskill Mountains today
24/04/2024

Clouds and Catskill Mountains today

Learn about the different depictions in art of this famous local view in this   Book Highlight from multidisciplinary ar...
24/04/2024

Learn about the different depictions in art of this famous local view in this Book Highlight from multidisciplinary artist Jean-Marc Superville Sovak (): “When I look at Thomas Cole’s ‘Falls at Cattskill’ [sic], I feel like I am struck by a severe kind of nearsightedness…. I am reminded that ‘cataract,’ derived from both Latin and Greek, was a commonly used synonym for waterfalls in the nineteenth century…. Even though Cole’s original painting from which this popularized engraving was reproduced is not considered a historical painting, it tells something about how the history of this country is told: mainly, that America’s origin story is equally a disappearance story. The presence of what Cole called ‘Wildness’ was premised on the erasure of ‘vanished’ Indigenous peoples. At the same time, we are being asked to look, we are also being asked to turn a blind eye. It’s worth noting, the most common type of cataract, nuclear sclerosis, is the result of a hardening of the lens of the eye, when it becomes rigid and unresponsive and loses its ability to adapt.” 
 
➡️ Learn more about this engraving of Kaaterskill Falls and discover the  collection in the new book “Making Place: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Collection.” Get your copy at the link in bio or at store.thomascole.org.
 
🖼 Fenner Sears & Co. after Thomas Cole, “The Falls of Cattskill, New York,” 1831, engraving on paper, 6 x 4 in., Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of Helen McCord. Photograph: Vicente Cayuela (.cl) | Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, “a-Historical Landscape: Kaaterskill Falls/Sabbath Scene,” 2022, monoprint on found antique engraving, 10 x 8 in., Courtesy the artist

Happy   🌱 "Thomas Cole was an early protoenvironmentalist, and often advocated against the industrial development that w...
22/04/2024

Happy 🌱

"Thomas Cole was an early protoenvironmentalist, and often advocated against the industrial development that was quickly transforming the landscape around him. He was aware of the widespread deforestation resulting from the influx of leather tanneries, mills, and the incoming railroad. This shift in land use continued in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when ice was harvested from the Hudson and shipped to New York City and the Caribbean. Together these industries led to vast development and depletion of resources in the Catskill region."

From Denise Markonish, Chief Curator written on the occasion of our joint exhibition with

Thomas Cole, "The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State," 1834,

Did you know that not only was Thomas Cole an artist, but he was also a poet? 💭🖋️ He often included lines of original po...
21/04/2024

Did you know that not only was Thomas Cole an artist, but he was also a poet? 💭🖋️ He often included lines of original poetry in his journal, and in August 1835 wrote:

“When evening in the sky sits calm and pure
And all the fleecy clouds are still and bright
And earth beneath the silent air obscure
Waits for stars, that seek the coming night.
Then is the spirit melted as with love
And tears spring forth upon the brink of joy.”


🖼️ Thomas Cole, “Tower by Moonlight,” 1838, oil on canvas, 16 3/4 x 20 1/2 x 3 in., Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Gift of David and Laura Grey

--UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT-- The talk with Dr. Scott Manning Stevens will be recorded and made available for free ...
18/04/2024

--UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT-- The talk with Dr. Scott Manning Stevens will be recorded and made available for free streaming. Check back for updates.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4! 🗓️ Join Scott Manning Stevens, PhD / Karoniaktatsie (Akwesasne Mohawk), at 2:30 pm for a discussion on the making of the new exhibition “Native Prospects: Indigeneity and Landscape.” The exhibition will be on view at the from May 4-October 27, 2024.

Dr. Stevens is Associate Professor of Native American Studies and English at , where he is also Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program and Founding Director of the Center for Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice.

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