Who We Are

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, marks the birthplace of this nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School, as it was founded by Thomas Cole (1801-1848). The nationally recognized historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service and operates as a forward thinking nonprofit organization embracing change and continually pursuing authenticity and resonance. Thomas Cole’s profound influence on America’s cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through innovative educational programs that are relevant today. Our programming and operations are continually evolving under our initiatives for Greening and Diversity, Equity and Access.

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Vision Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will be the leading source for education and scholarship that inspires cultural and environmental awareness of the American landscape and the continuing impact of Thomas Cole’s art and ideas.

Mission Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home, and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first art movement. Cole’s profound influence on America’s cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through innovative educational programs that are relevant today.

Land Acknowledgement

It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Muhheaconneok (or Mohican) people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

A statement from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site developed in conversation with the Stockbridge Munsee Cultural Affairs Department



Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director


Matthew Alexander, Facilities Manager

Nichole Burke, Development Technology Manager

Jean Campbell, Gardener

Heather Christensen, Education Coordinator

Margaret DiStefano, Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator

Jennifer Greim, Associate Director

Jessica Goon, Events & Communications Coordinator

Traci Horgen, Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Malmstrom, Assistant Curator

Kate Menconeri, Dir. of Exhibitions & Collections/ Curator

Peter and Tone Noci, Caretakers

Eugene O’Brien, Bookkeeper

Reed Parker, Grounds & Maintenance Assistant

Heather Paroubek, Manager of Visitor Engagement

Rachel Stults, Visitor Center Manager



Isabelle Bohling

Adaeze Dikko

Brooke Krancer

Oriana Tang



Martha Bradicich

Michael Barraco

Lora Lee Ecobelli

Catherine Sharkey

Mary Beth Soya

Ava Teague

Alice Tunison

Nancy Winch

Jacquelyn Woods

Beth Wynne

Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman

Marianne Lockwood, Vice Chairman 

Warner Shook, Vice Chairman 

Sara de Swardt, Treasurer

Susan Ball, Secretary

Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director 

Jimmy Bulich

Carrie Feder

Linda Gentalen

Guy Griggs

Nina Matis

Anne J. Miller

Stephen Shadley

Kenneth E. Silver

Hudson Talbott

Evelyn Trebilcock

Susan G. A. Warner

Trustees Emeritus

Stephen Dunn

Michel Goldberg

Sybil Tannenbaum

Maynard Toll

Jack Van Loan

New Studio, © Peter Aaron/OTTO

National Council

Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, Yale University

Annette Blaugrund, Former director of the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art, NYC

Linda S. Ferber, Senior Art Historian & Museum Director Emerita, New-York Historical Society

Ella M. Foshay, Independent Scholar

Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator (Painting & Sculpture), Smithsonian American Art Museum

Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Seattle Art Museum

Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Modern Art of the Americas, City University of New York

Mark D. Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery

Barbara Novak, Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Art History Emerita, Columbia University

Paul D. Schweizer, Director Emeritus, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History, Towson University

John R. Stilgoe, Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape Development, Harvard University

Alan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History & Professor of American Studies, The College of William & Mary


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site publishes an annual newsletter available here on our website. Learn about where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Annual Reports

Filled with information on our exhibitions, education, outreach and development and a letter from the Executive Director, Elizabeth B. Jacks, the Annual Report provides an exciting overview of the National Historic Site each year.

2019 Historic Structure Report on the 1815 Main House

The HSR was prepared by John G. Waite Associates, Architects, with support from the National Park Service.

Cultural Landscape Report

The Cultural Landscape Report was prepared by Heritage Partners and Robert M. Toole.

Special appreciation to Raymond Beecher, the preservation angel who saved this National Historic Site, and whose research on aspects ofthe Cedar Grove story, as cited in the footnotes of this report, enriched this study.

Support for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site programs and operations provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Park Service, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The Bay & Paul Foundations, the Enoch Foundation, Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative, The Manitou Fund, Art Bridges Bridge Ahead Initiative, Brown Foundation, a Humanities New York SHARP Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan, The Educational Foundation of America, The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Tianaderrah Foundation, and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Staff photo by Adam T. Deen

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