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GI-50074-09

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-1203)
Kathleen E. Johnson (Project Director: August 2008 to December 2011)
Peter S. Pockriss (Project Director: December 2011 to present)

American Arcadia: People, Landscape, and Nature at Montgomery Place

Implementation of a reinterpretation of a historic country estate, using the experiences of residents and workers to illustrate important turning points in American attitudes toward nature and landscape.

Funding is sought to reinterpret a significant property owned by Historic Hudson Valley (HHV). Using as a focusing device the experiences of four women who shaped this country estate during its 200-year history, the new interpretation will illustrate important turning points in American attitudes toward nature and landscape. As it forges a more integrated, effective way for house museums to interpret the built and natural environments, HHV will strive to help visitors understand how American points of view about landscape and nature have changed over time and why those shifts matter. Project formats include an interpretive tour of the nearly 400-acre site; web-based programs and blog; and publications. The story of Montgomery Place reflects many of the ideas and values that have shaped America???s land and people. The project addresses how cultural attitudes toward the natural world determine human actions, and how these actions in turn affect people???s environments.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2009 – 2/28/2013