The mission of Boscobel House and Gardens is to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature.
Boscobel opened as a nonprofit museum nearly sixty years ago. Built between 1804 and 1808, it was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful piece of art.
Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers admission to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.
Open Friday through Monday, Boscobel hosts outdoor, in-person events with careful COVID protocols as well as engaging virtual programs for families. Children are always welcome.
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Our dedicated, passionate team
Jennifer Carlquist is a 20-year museum professional specializing in period interiors, and decorative arts that were made, collected, and/or retailed in America. She joined Boscobel as Curator in 2015, creating the award-winning exhibitions Hudson Hewn: New York Furniture Now (2016) and Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques (2017).
Ms. Carlquist lectures widely on design history, including for SUNY New Paltz, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Victorian Society in America Summer Schools. She holds a certificate in Museum Studies and is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt’s M.A. Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies, the University of Minnesota, and the Attingham Summer School.
Kasey holds a B.A. in History from SUNY New Paltz and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute, along with certificates in Archives as well as Conservation and Digital Curation. She completed the 2018-’19 Pratt Fellowship at the New York Public Library. As Collections Manager at Boscobel, Kasey oversees the decorative arts and furniture collection, archives, and research library. Her hobbies include reading WWII books and snowboarding.
Director of Communications
Lauren directs Boscobel’s content, messaging, publicity, advertising, and digital initiatives. She has led high-impact communications campaigns for some of the country’s leading experts at Fortune 500 companies. Lauren’s writing appears in outlets including Newsday, Salon, Parents, and The Morning News. A former host on SiriusXM, WNYC, and WQXR, she has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, and the CBC. Lauren is a graduate of N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo is one of the most inventive, sought-after educators in the Hudson Valley. A naturalist with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she has spent 20 years developing family programming on Hudson River history and ecology. Boscobel visitors of every age and background benefit from her ability to distill information, develop workable program logistics, and engage audiences through active learning.
Director of Visitor Engagement
At Boscobel, Ed’s focus is delivering exceptional experiences to diverse audiences. Ed is the co-founder of CausBuzz, a network platform supporting incentive-based services for schools. Previously, he was the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the Director of Exhibitions at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. He holds an M.S. in Human Resources Management.
Director of Finance and HR
Diane is responsible for finance, human resources, contracts, and insurance at Boscobel. After working as an auditor for three years in New York City, she held business management positions at Bell Atlantic, a nonprofit childcare center in Massachusetts, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Diane earned a B.B.A. from Pace in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.
Dana manages fundraising and membership initiatives at Boscobel. She has nearly a decade of fundraising and nonprofit experience, having worked for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Abilities First in Poughkeepsie. She serves on the Education Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals- Hudson Valley Chapter. Dana graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from Hult University in London and a Master’s in Special Education from Brooklyn College.
John directs operations and security at Boscobel. For twenty years, John worked at M&T Bank as the Capital District / Hudson Valley Region Property Manager, overseeing all bank-owned properties and rentals. Happily married with two children for over 30 years, John is a member of the Elks and a local Multiple Sclerosis fundraising group. He rescues dogs and enjoys boating and snowmobiling.
Kimberley comes to Boscobel from The Putnam County News and Recorder, where she served for six years as a Reporter, and for the past four also managing subscriptions and legal notices as the Business Coordinator. A Cold Spring native, Kimberley is a graduate of College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. She is an avid reader and cinephile.
Board Members and Annual Report
Mr. Arnold S. Moss, Co-Chair
Mr. Alexander Reese, Co-Chair
Mr. William J. Burback
Mr. Gilman S. Burke, Esq.
Mr. Henry N. Christensen, Jr.
Ms. Susan Davidson
Col. James M. Johnson
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn III
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin
Visitor Services Associate
The Visitor Services Associate (VSA) is responsible for welcoming every guest graciously, providing exemplary and proactive sales service, and encouraging all guests to enjoy and support the museum. This position plays a key role in onsite educational and revenue-generating programming, while providing support for all museum departments.
The VSA must demonstrate the highest level of courtesy and inclusivity; be knowledgeable about the museum, its programs, and products; communicate effectively with guests, callers, and fellow staff; remain calm under pressure; and resolve occasional conflicts to ensure an exemplary visitor experience.
This position is part time, seasonal (April-December) and reports directly to the Manager of Visitor Services. The VSA must be available to work weekend days and occasional evenings. He/she must be comfortable with handling cash and the responsibilities that entails. He/she must be able to efficiently operate a Point-of-Sale system, PC computer, telephone, and copy machine. He/she must have sufficient mathematical skills to make change, compare the cash receipts at the end of the day to cash register totals, calculate attendance figures, etc. Experience in retail or hospitality industries, and fluency in foreign languages are welcomed attributes.
Specific duties to be performed:
● Staff the Gatehouse, Visitor Services Center Front Desk, and other Point-of-Sale (POS) locations throughout the site.
● Greet visitors and guests warmly and exhibit exemplary customer service and inclusivity.
● Understand the programs, membership levels, merchandise, and discounts offered by the museum; and proactively promote them.
● Operate the Altru POS effectively so that attendance and sales are accurately entered throughout the day.
● Open and maintain a cash drawer.
● Restock brochures, etc. in the Visitor Center.
● Keep the gatehouse and front desk area clean and tidy.
● Provide information about the area to guests, including directions to nearby restaurants, accommodations, other attractions, etc.
● Answer incoming phone calls and redirect as needed. Collect, respond to and/or redirect e-mail and voice mail messages.
● Monitor walkway as guests enter the grounds.
● Alert the Facilities staff of equipment malfunctions or maintenance needs, as well as potential security threats
● All other duties as required
To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Director of Finance and Human Resources Diane Gocha at firstname.lastname@example.org.Apply
Boscobel is committed to diversifying its audience and workforce. Veterans and candidates of any gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural background are encouraged to apply.