October 28, 2017
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.
Fred J. Johnston Museum Tour
The elegantly furnished c. 1812 Federal style house on the corner of Wall and Main Streets is the culmination of the taste and vision of one man: Fred J. Johnston. An antiques dealer who attained national stature. Johnston spent more than 60 years assembling the outstanding collection of 18th and early 19th century furnishings and decorative arts displayed in the eight rooms of the historic house he rescued in 1937.He used the house as both his home and showroom.
A visit to the Johnston House today is very much like the intimate experience his clients enjoyed. With a small group of visitors, you’ll view each room and hear about the notable objects it contains from your guide. Mindful of how the masterly can be combined with the mundane, Johnston successfully combined the most valuable with the most modest objects. Your eye is led from one piece to the next by Johnston’s artistry in using colors, repeating them in the manner of musical notes that blend many elements into a beautiful harmony. The total experience is an immersion in the beauty and connoisseurship of our material past.
For tickets for a tour of the Fred J. Johnston Museum, please visit the reception desk in the FHK Gallery.
Rondout National Historic District Tour
The walking tour of the Rondout National Historic District, offered by Friends of Historic Kingston, will take place on Saturday, June 24, departing at 1 p.m. from the Kingston Visitors Center, 20 Broadway. The one-hour tour focuses on the rise of Rondout in the nineteenth century as a thriving maritime village during the era when the village was the terminus for the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes, and churches built by the various nationalities who emigrated to Rondout is viewed. The tour fee is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 16. Some uphill walking is involved.
Group tours on other dates can be arranged by request. For information, call (845) 339-0720, or visit www.fohk.org.