The Thomas Cole staff, board members and scholar advisers are now in the final stages of creating a new way to encounter a historic house museum — a project that has been in the making for nearly a decade. Visitors will experience the artist’s home with a new immersive installation that combines technology and meticulous historic restoration, featuring the earliest-known, interior decorative painting by an American artist. Through hidden audio and moving-graphics presentations, visitors will be able to hear the thoughts of Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and the historic conversations that took place in the parlors of his 1815 home, where America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of painting, was founded. In November 2016, Senator Schumer visited the site to reveal Thomas Cole’s original hand-painted decorations that have been uncovered on the walls of the historic Main House as a part of this project. The ongoing restoration will be featured in special behind-the-scenes tours from January through April, and The Parlors will open in May 2017.