Membership

Join a community of people who care about American art and landscape by becoming a member of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site today.

In 1845, Thomas Cole wrote that art, “kindles the soul” and provides the “serenest pleasure.” We believe art is more important now than ever and are working hard to reimagine our programming and further our mission to engage broad audiences through innovative educational programs that are relevant today.

Scroll down to reserve your membership online or email olichens@thomascole.org to set up a time to speak by phone.

Who We Are

Learn about the Thomas Cole Site and what we’ve achieved with the support of members like you.

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Join the Community

Reservations are now available to visit and explore the historic grounds with new “Outdoor Explore Kits.” The kits are available for contact-less pick-up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Members receive priority access to the first morning time slots and a 15% discount on the kits and all shop items with the code MEMBER15.

Your membership supports free Outdoor Explore Kits for schoolchildren and their families within the Greene and Columbia County public school systems. Thank you.

Read about our membership levels under normal operating conditions below and scroll down to support the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and our continued educational programming.


Individual $50 • Dual $100

  • Free admission
  • Preview hours to see new exhibitions first
  • Invitations to celebrations throughout the year
  • Printed newsletter
  • 15% discount on all shop merchandise all the time

Members at the Individual and Dual levels enjoy the core benefits listed above.

Sponsor $250

In addition to the core benefits listed above, Sponsor members receive one select Thomas Cole Historic Site publication and four free guest passes.

Friend $500

All of the above plus free admission for two to all Thomas Cole public programs such as lectures and hikes, additional guest passes, and an additional invitation for two to members’ events.

Benefactor $1,000

Benefactor members receive core member benefits plus three complimentary original Thomas Cole Site publications, an invitation to lunch with a special Sunday Salon speaker, and complimentary invitations to Curator’s talks in New York City.

Kindred Spirits

Asher B. Durand, “Kindred Spirits,” Oil on canvas, 1849, 44 x 36 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR.

The Kindred Spirits Society brings together enthusiasts of American art and landscape in support of this place special place where this nation’s first art movement began. The generosity of the Kindred Spirits supports all aspects of the organization including educational programming, scholarship, exhibitions, and preservation.

Activities under normal operating conditions include exclusive curatorial tours of special exhibitions and private events with lecturers.


Annual dues start at $2,500 and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. For inquiries, please email jgreim@thomascole.org to set up a time to speak. We look forward to hearing from you.

Photo by Zio & Sons

Jennifer GreimBecome a Member