Montgomery Place Student Work

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Bard College students are bold, brilliant, and creative. Since Bard acquired the Montgomery Place property in 2016, students have used the buildings and grounds for scientific and historical research, preservation, gardening, volunteer activities, and performances. We can't wait to see where they go next. We're pleased to share a selection of their work here.
The Hudson Valley Apple Project

The Hudson Valley Apple Project

Over two weeks during the 2017 winter break, five Bard students in Experimental Humanities conceived, designed, and built an interactive website that includes a database of more than 800 cultivars grown in New York State, including about 60 varieties grown in the orchards on Bard’s Montgomery Place Campus. The students enriched their project, connecting it to place and their experience, by building relationships with local historians at Historic Red Hook as they worked in their archives, as well as a community of Dutchess County apple growers, informally interviewing them on visits to their farms. Funding for this project was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and from Bard's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE).
The Window at Montgomery Place

The Window at Montgomery Place

A Student-Curated Historical ELAS Exhibit

This exhibit, which opened in the Red Hook Village Hall in December 2017, provides an overview of the development and management of the Montgomery Place property, from its beginnings as a nursery and working farm to a pleasure ground for its elite residents and their peers. Special emphasis is given to the laborers who enabled the estate's business operations, maintained its landscape features, and therefore facilitated the creation of an American antebellum aristocracy.

This project was part of Prof. Myra Young Armstead's Engaged Liberal Arts & Sciences course taught in collaboration with the CCE.