Montgomery Place Programs and Exhibitions
Programs and exhibitions at the Montgomery Place Campus focus on people, place, and history. We consider the estate in its Hudson Valley context, with an eye on the region's changing economy and agriculture. We look toward the future, considering conservation and education.
—2019 Programs and Exhibitions—
Greenhouse and Garden Open HouseThese events are free and open to the public—no registration required.
Saturday, May 11
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Open House
12:00 pm Formal Garden Tour Starting at the Greenhouse
Saturday, June 15
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Open House
11:00 am Formal Garden Tour Starting at the Greenhouse
12:30 pm Tour of the Grounds Starting at the Visitor Center
Spring Salon Series on Music of the Gilded Age
Hosted in partnership with Hudson River Heritage and coproduced and curated by Christopher Brellochs.
The Musical Life of Cora Livingston Barton and Her Husband Thomas Barton at Montgomery Place
Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Recital with Christopher Brellochs, saxophone and Rita Costanzi, harp. Montgomery Place Mansion House Parlor. Visit hudsonriverheritage.org for details and tickets.
Music of the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley
Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Lecture by Dutchess Community College Associate Professor Christopher Brellochs. Montgomery Place Mansion House Parlor. Visit hudsonriverheritage.org for details and tickets.
The Gardener of Montgomery Place and the Composer of Newburgh, New York
Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Outdoor performance with Christopher Brellochs, soprano saxophone; Eric Aweh, alto saxophone; Joe North, tenor saxophone; Wayne Tice, baritone saxophone. Montgomery Place North Porch; free and open to the public.
The Gilded Garden: Historic Ornament in the Landscape at Montgomery Place
An exhibit of decorative garden ornaments from the extensive Montgomery Place collection
A Garden Party Exhibit Opening
Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Opening to be held in the Ellipse Garden, located in front of the Greenhouse.
Toward an Ethical Imagination: Gilsonfest
Gilsonfest is a collaboration between Bard College, Historic Red Hook, Dutchess County Historical Society, and Red Hook Quilters focusing on the life of Montgomery Place gardener Alexander Gilson, an African American slave who after being freed stayed on to continue as head gardener and eventually opened up his own nursery business.
A People’s History: Oral Histories and Inclusion
Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Lecture by Susan Merriam, associate professor of art history at Bard College, at the Elmendorf Inn, Red Hook, New York.
Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner
Friday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Exhibition opening at the Historic Red Hook Annex, Cherry Street, Red Hook. It includes an exhibition by students in a Bard College class on Alexander Gilson, a quilting presentation by the Red Hook Quilters, and a presentation on historic garden artifacts and plants.
Public signage dedication in honor of the life of Alexander Gilson
Friday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Montgomery Place Visitor Center. Following the dedication, there will be a gathering at the Montgomery Place Greenhouse tool room to celebrate an adjunct exhibition on Alexander Gilson.
History of Memorial Day
Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Lecture by Myra Armstead, professor of historical studies at Bard College. Refreshments to follow.
—Past Programs and Exhibitions—
Salon Series on AgricultureSaturday, October 6, 2018
A daylong gathering of community members, students, and academics, representing farmers, lawyers, journalists, business and finance, and more, came together to address these questions: Can the Northeast feed itself? If so, should it? At what environmental or other costs/benefits? The 2018 Montgomery Place Salon Series was organized in partnership with Rose Hill Farm and the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition.
Trees under Threat: Pests and Diseases that Endanger Our Trees TodayAugust 10 – October 31, 2018
Presented by the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College, this seasonal exhibition focused on some of the tree insects and diseases that are endangering trees across the Northeast. The interpretive exhibit, which was installed in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus, explored signs and symptoms, early detection, and efforts under way to protect trees and promote tree conservation.
Montgomery Place: A Window on the World of Alexander Jackson Davis’ Architecture and Design
Spring 2018 Salon SeriesApril 14 – May 5, 2018
Our Spring Salon Series, organized in partnership with Hudson River Heritage, took place on four consecutive Saturdays beginning April 14. The series centered on the work of Alexander Jackson Davis, America's leading architect of country houses in the mid–19th century—many of them, including Montgomery Place, located in the Hudson River Valley.
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery PlaceJuly – October 2017
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery Place is a virtual exhibition of the garden implements used at Montgomery Place for vegetable gardening, landscaping, orchard care, and floral display from the late 19th to mid-20th century. This online exhibit is based on an exhibition organized by the Bard Landscape and Arboretum Program that was on display in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus from July to October 2017.
Hudson Valley Climate Salon Series
Climate Chaos and Its Impact on the People and Places of the Mid-Hudson ValleyOctober 29 – November 19, 2017
Over four Sundays in October and November 2017 we examined a changing climate and its impact on the people and places of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Each week we explored a different theme: the Hudson River, farming, forests, and Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.