A highlight of this year’s exhibit, entitled “Treasures,” is a recent major donation to the organization, a pair of portraits by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) of General George Henry Sharpe as a boy with his mother and father. This significant gift is an exciting discovery by a local collector who devotedly arranged their return to Kingston after many generations. Adding to the significance of the portraits is the high reputation George Henry Sharpe achieved later in life as prominent figure in the Union Army and leading citizen of Kingston. His imposing mansion on Albany Avenue was demolished for a parking lot in 1967.
Another section of the exhibit honors the centennial commemoration of Kingston’s part in World War I. The United States joined in the war against the German Empire April 6, 1917, two and half years after the start of the war on July 28, 1914. The exhibit contains memorabilia from the William Anderson Carl Collection and the FOHK Archives, including items from Anderson’s tour of duty in France, photographs, and most notably his medal, the Croix de Guerre received from the French Government for the performance of heroic deeds in combat.
A slide presentation prepared by Peter Roberts will run continuously in the gallery featuring images that depict Kingston’s role in 1917-1918 from the Carl Collection, the Samuel Bernstein Collection, and the FOHK Archives. A special loan from the American Legion, Post 150, of the iconic artwork Columbia by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1919) completes the tribute.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is open Friday- Saturday, 11-4 p.m. through end of October 2017. The Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery is located on the corner of Wall Street and Main Street, opposite the Old Dutch Church. For more information, call (845) 339-0720, or visit www.fohk.org.