Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A New Board Member for Historic Hudson

After the untimely death of Timothy Dunleavy, its principal founder and longtime president, Historic Hudson took some radical measures to help the organization refocus and rebuild. The board of directors was reduced to five members--all of whom were officers: Alan Neumann, president; Dorothy Heyl, vice president; Phil Forman, treasurer; Melissa Gavilanes, secretary; Carole Osterink, preservation advocate. Now, a year later, having emerged from the crisis revitalized, Historic Hudson has elected a new member to its board of directors: architectural historian Peter A. Watson, Jr.

Watson, who has served on Historic Hudson's Dr. Oliver Bronson House Committee since 2011, is the author of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House Day Book, a blog about the history and ongoing restoration of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House, the National Historic Landmark for which Historic Hudson has stewardship. The photograph above shows Watson discussing the findings of the recently completed historic paint analysis with visitors to the Bronson House last November.

In February and March, Watson will be presenting a two-part lecture, cosponsored by Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society. Part I, "Picturesque Transformations: A. J. Davis Reinvents Hudson Valley Architecture," will take place on Saturday, February 20, at 4 p.m., at Stair Galleries in Hudson. Part II, "A Tale of Two Houses: Two Centuries of Change at the Bronson and Vanderpoel Houses," will be held on Saturday, March 12, in Kinderhook.

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