American Arcadia: People, Landscape, and Nature at Montgomery Place

April 1st, 2009 - February 28th, 2013 | PROJECT

This project will reinterpret a significant property owned by Historic Hudson Valley (HHV). Using as a focusing device the experiences of four women who shaped this country estate during its 200-year history, the new interpretation will illustrate important turning points in American attitudes toward nature and landscape. As it forges a more integrated, effective way for house museums to interpret the built and natural environments, HHV will strive to help visitors understand how American points of view about landscape and nature have changed over time and why those shifts matter. Project formats include an interpretive tour of the nearly 400-acre site; web-based programs and blog; and publications. The story of Montgomery Place reflects many of the ideas and values that have shaped America’s land and people. The project addresses how cultural attitudes toward the natural world determine human actions, and how these actions in turn affect people’s environments.

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Team Members

Kathleen Johnson, Principal Investigator, Historic Hudson Valley
Peter Pockriss, Principal Investigator, Historic Hudson Valley


Funding Source: NEH
Award Number: GI-50074-09
Funding Amount: 350000


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | General STEM | History | policy | law | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Park | Outdoor | Garden Programs | Parks | Outdoor | Garden Exhibits | Public Programs