Boscobel to Remain Open to the Public All Winter
Recent Grants Support Programs and Preservation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY – February 2021) – Though during most winters, Boscobel closes to the public to tackle annual preservation and maintenance projects and prepare for the next season, this year the museum’s grounds—with their expansive views of the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point—will remain open every Saturday that weather permits from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Due to COVID safety protocols, advance reservations are required for two-hour timeslots. Admission is free for Members and healthcare workers.
“We feel it’s especially important to stay open this year to offer everyone opportunities to come and soak up some natural Beauty – safely with social distancing,” says Boscobel Executive Director and Curator Jennifer Carlquist.
Boscobel staff are in the process of planning a safe, meaningful, and fun 2021 season, which is slated to include both virtual and in-person programs. The institution recently won a Museum Association of New York “Building Capacity” grant that will provide the programming team with tools and training to virtually reach the museum’s community as well as audiences beyond its iconic site. The Greenway Heritage Conservancy awarded Boscobel support for a pilot virtual tour and other digital programming, which Boscobel expanded considerably in 2020. A Humanities New York Grant is helping develop a new Boscobel program using music to reinterpret American history.
Boscobel tentatively plans to reopen its Historic House Museum to the public in late 2021, or as soon as it is safe and sensible. In the meantime, conservation and preservation work continues, with the help of New York State Council on the Arts via Greater Hudson Heritage Network grants for window film to protect against harmful UV light, and the conservation of six important chairs with landscape scenes made in New York c. 1815. In addition, a Preservation League of New York State Technical Assistance Grant is funding a study of ADA upgrades to the house.
These initiatives and grants help Boscobel remain committed, even during the pandemic, to being everyone’s home on the Hudson.