Saturday, August 18, 4:00 pm – The Sanctified Landscape: The Beginnings of Historic Preservation in the Hudson Valley

Dr. David Schuyler will discuss New York’s Hudson Valley as America’s first iconic landscape, while unraveling a history of idealization, revolution, pre-environmentalism, and creative power in the 19th and early 20th centuries, on Saturday, August 18, beginning at 4 pm on Olana’s East Lawn.  Olana, the historic home of Frederic Edwin Church, is located at 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, New York. He traces how an emerging sense of place, aesthetic identity and American historical associations became synonymous with the Hudson Valley, and increasingly ingrained in national consciousness – ideas advanced by popular authors such as James Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving, and Hudson River School painters including Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. David Schuyler has been a professor at Franklin and Marshall College for over thirty years.  He also serves on Olana’s National Advisory Committee.  He is the author of Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing 1815 – 1852, and The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America.  Presented by The Olana Partnership.  Call 518-828-1872, x 103, to reserve, or email rsvp@olana.org for more information.