Tuesday, March 31, 2009

1909, revisited

The opening reception for 1909, Wilderstein Historic Site's special exhibition in celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial, takes place at 4:30 p.m. April 25. Admission is $25 and reservations are required. Call 845-876-4818 for information and reservations.

Here is more information about 1909 from the Wilderstein Web site:

The Suckley family, who resided at Wilderstein in Rhinebeck as well as in New York City, were enthusiastic observers of the 1909 Tercentennial. Located on a bluff high above the Hudson, Wilderstein was a great vantage point to watch the ships and other activities that took place on the river. There are many photographs, postcards, and other memorabilia in the site’s collections from this period saved by various family members capturing the energy and excitement of that important year.

What would it have been like to participate in the 1909 Tercentennial celebration? Wilderstein Historic Site has dedicated its 2009 special exhibition to answering just that question. This exhibit will allow visitors to step back in time and experience life in the Hudson Valley during that jubilant year. They will see photos and mementos, and learn more about the clothing, decorative arts, books, magazines, household gadgets, and overall lifestyle that connected the residents of Wilderstein to the Hudson River 100 years ago. Many of the featured pieces will be on public display for the first time ever.

1909 opens on May 1 and runs until the end of October, Thursdays through Sundays, from noon to 4 PM. For additional information, call 845-876-4818.

Wilderstein is located at 330 Morton Road in Rhinebeck.

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