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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Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director


Matthew Alexander, Facilities Manager

Jean Campbell, Gardener

Jennifer Greim, Dir. of External Relations

Traci Horgen, Dir. of Administration & Finance

Olivia Lichens, Development Associate

Amanda Malmstrom, Education & Curatorial Program Coordinator

Kate Menconeri, Dir. of Exhibitions & Collections/ Curator

Peter and Tone Noci, Caretakers

Eugene O’Brien, Bookkeeper

Heather Paroubek, Manager of Visitor Engagement

Rachel Stults, Visitor Center Manager

Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman

Marianne Lockwood, Co-Vice Chairman 

Warner Shook, Co-Vice Chairman 

Sara de Swardt, Treasurer

Susan Ball, Secretary

Carrie Feder

Linda Gentalen

Elizabeth B. Jacks

Nina Matis

Anne J. Miller

Stephen Shadley

Hudson Talbott

Evelyn Trebilcock

Susan G. A. Warner

Trustees Emeritus

Asli Ay

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, Art Historian, Author & Curator

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

Ashton Hawkins, former Exec. Vice President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

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

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

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.


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.

Staff photo by Jonathan Palmer

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