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About Boscobel

Overview

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 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.

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Staff

Our dedicated, passionate team

Jennifer Carlquist

Jennifer Carlquist

Executive Director

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.

Karen Burghart

Karen Burghart

Guest Services Manager

Karen manages Boscobel’s guest services staff and comes to Boscobel with over 25 years’ experience in creating memorable guest experiences for iconic retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Tod’s, Lladro, and Carolina Herrera. Karen has served as Chairwomen for the Historic Landmarks & Preservation Board for the City of Peekskill as well as board member on both the Peekskill Museum and Historic Peekskill Inc. She holds a BA in Historic Preservation and MS from Columbia University.

Kasey Calnan

Kasey Calnan

Collections Manager

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.

Lisa DiMarzo

Lisa DiMarzo

Museum Educator

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.

Lea Emery

Lea Emery

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Lea directs Boscobel’s finance and human resources functions. She holds a masters in arts administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and has led administration at the Taft Museum, another venerable historic house museum, as well as the Neuberger Museum of Art. She comes most recently from the Katonah Museum where she led development and held broad financial responsibilities. Lea has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke and loves to garden and restore old things.

Ryan Hontz

Ryan Hontz

Event Manager

Ryan has ten years of experience creating personalized events in New York City’s premier venues, including Rockefeller Center, The New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Brooklyn Museum. Ryan and his husband live with their dog in the Hudson Valley, where they enjoy trying new restaurants, exploring hiking trails, and soaking in the stunning river views.

Michael Laffey

Michael Laffey

Director of Facilities

Michael comes to Boscobel from JLL Property Management, leading and managing their commercial properties for over two years. Prior to JLL, Michael was head of facilities at Friends of the Highline, where he was instrumental in opening their new headquarters. Michael holds a B.A. from The City College of New York and over seven facility maintenance certifications, such as the LEED Green Associate certification.

Kimberley Mazzuca

Kimberley Mazzuca

Executive Assistant

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.

Anthony Pellegrino

Anthony Pellegrino

Marketing and Communications Manager

Anthony is responsible for aligning Boscobel’s communications across multiple channels and platforms. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Anthony brings a creative eye and passion for the arts, local history, and the natural world. Anthony has elevated brands for mission-driven organizations in the area such as Greyston Bakery, Historic Hudson Valley, and the New York Botanical Gardens.

Board Members and Annual Report

Board Members:

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
Mr. Peter M. Kenny
Mr. Frederick H. Osborn III
Gov. George Pataki
Mr. John Sadlon
Ms. Maria Stein-Marrison
Ms. Margaret Tobin

Careers

Guides

Boscobel Guides are expert storytellers who connect audiences to the museum and the important cultural resources that it protects and shares.  As Boscobel’s primary interpreters and experience facilitators, they are the most prominent representative of Boscobel to many visitors.  It is essential that Guides are gracious and show respect toward diverse audiences. They must be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, have good communication and teaching skills, be willing to work as a team, and project professionalism.

Guides are required to master the materials in the Museum Guide manual and in training sessions, as well as review relevant books and research materials in the guide office and staff library, to develop engaging and accurate tours.

 

Guides are required to dress in accordance with personnel policy. They must be available to work at least two weekend days per month when the property is open to the public and be available to work during peak season in May-October and holiday programming November-December, including evenings as needed.  Guides report to the Museum Educator and work collaboratively with other departments.

Specific duties to be performed:

  • Provide guided tours and/or informal interpretation of the Historic House Museum, Grounds, and special exhibitions to visitors on a rotating basis with other guides
  • Support other programming and outreach initiatives such as school programs, community events, fundraisers, private rentals, and the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market
  • Staff and monitor the gallery during special exhibitions
  • Provide security in the Historic House Museum, keeping visitors in view, maintain tour pathway, etc. and preventing physical contact with the collection
  • Protect the collection and monitor and report any condition variances, unexpectedly missing objects, etc. to the Museum Educator and Facilities department
  • Report unusual/problematic building and/or grounds conditions to the Facilities department and Museum Educator
  • Be familiar with and execute emergency response procedures: respond to/report accidents to appropriate staff and/or emergency personnel and fill out an emergency report for incidents they witness or are directly involved in
  • Participate in scheduled staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Keep office, kitchen, and other working areas clean and orderly
  • All other duties as required.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Lea Emery at lemery@boscobel.org.

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.

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Guest Services Associate

The Guest Services Associate (GSA) 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 GSA 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 Guest Services. The GSA 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, Guest 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, gift shop 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, please send your cover letter and resume to Lea Emery at lemery@boscobel.org.

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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.

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