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Bard College to Host Event Celebrating the Saw Kill and Its Role in Scenic Preservation

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY – On Saturday, April 2, Bard College will host Celebrating the Saw Kill: 175 Years of Scenic Preservation, a day of presentations and tours exploring the Saw Kill and its surrounding properties’ impact on scenic preservation. The program, to be held at Bard College, the Montgomery Place Campus, will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome by Bard College President Leon Botstein, followed by a keynote address by David P. Schuyler of Franklin & Marshall College entitled “Montgomery Place: An Enchanted Landscape.” Additional presentations will follow, along with guided walks through various locations on the property. For the event, the historic house will be open for tours on the half hour between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase. Space is limited and must be reserved. Please RSVP:
Shuttle transportation is available to and from the main Bard College campus and the Montgomery Place campus. Scroll down to download the schedule (PDF).

Celebrating the Sawkill: 175 Years of Scenic Preservation
Bard College, the Montgomery Place Campus
April 2, 10 am - 4 pm
9:30 a.m. Coffee and walking tour sign-up
10:00 Welcome, Leon Botstein, President, Bard College
10:15 Keynote address:  David P. Schuyler, “Montgomery Place: An Enchanted Landscape”
11:15 Introduction to Montgomery Place archival and historical collections:  Helene Tieger, Bard College archivist and Cynthia Koch, Bard College, public historian in residence.  
11:45 Student showcase of online exhibit: “Before Bard and Beyond: A Sense of Place,”
12:00 p.m. Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president, Scenic Hudson, “Conserving History and Landscape:  Scenic Hudson and Montgomery Place”
Lunch for purchase
1:00-3:30 Montgomery Place open for tours on the half hour
Special exhibition, “Landscape and Architectural Drawings from the Montgomery Place Archive”
1:00-2:00 Family Friendly Saw Kill activity table (environmental education)
Four Guided Walks
1:00 Historic Landscape: Amy Parrella, Landscape and Arboretum Program director, Bard College
Historic Architecture: Raymond Armater, former executive director, Montgomery Place
2:00 Ecology of the Saw Kill: Tom O’Dowd, executive administrator, Environmental and Urban Studies, Bard College
Archaeology of the Metambesem (Saw Kill): Christopher Lindner, archaeologist in residence, Bard College  
About the Keynote Speaker:
Professor David P. Schuyler is Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, where he has taught since 1979. His books include Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909; Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing 1815-1852; The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America. He is co-editor of four volumes of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, the most recent of which is The Last Great Projects, 1890-1895.
This program is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard, Bard Environment and Urban Studies, American Studies, Historical Studies, and Landscape and Arboretum Studies Programs, Historic Red Hook and Saw Kill Watershed Community.
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March 18, 2016

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This event was last updated on 04-01-2016