Hyde Hall Raises over $202,000 for Major Restorations!

Hyde Hall, the National Historic Landmark and State Historic Site located in Glimmerglass State Park, is pleased to announce that 59 benefactors contributed $202, 095 to the 2017 Hyde Hall Challenge Grant Campaign that was launched on June 8th. This challenge grant, made possible through a matching gift initiative from the Tiannaderrah Foundation and the Gipson Family of Unadilla, New York, will fund the complete restoration of Hyde Hall’s most important rooms.

Hyde Hall Dining Room © Hyde Hall

The 2017 Challenge Grant Campaign ended September 5th. As Dr. Jonathan Maney, Hyde Hall’s executive director, explains, “We exceeded our $100,000 fundraising goal, and with the generous match provided by the Gipson Family of Unadilla, we have a great success to show for our very special, bicentennial year.” Maney says the Gipsons’ gift is “transformational,” and with it he and the Hyde Hall Board of Trustees will move steadily toward completing major restoration goals that include the Kitchens as well as the Dining Room and Drawing Room window treatments.

About the drapery, Maney says, “Once completed, these restorations will establish Hyde Hall as a leader in the reconstruction and reproduction of a ‘lost art’—the sumptuous and beautiful textiles that established the highest standards of taste for worldly and wealthy Americans in the first half of the 19th century.”  He goes on to say that while illustrations of window treatments can be seen in period paintings and drawings, “Hyde Hall now will be among the first to accurately reproduce continuous drapery—a spectacular style of period window treatment—based  on sound scholarship, strong surviving evidence, and meticulous craftsmanship.”

Maney hopes the drapery project will promote a new understanding and appreciation for one of the highest forms of decorative arts to be found in early American homes. Funds will also be used to completely restore the Hyde Hall Kitchens to their 1835 appearance. Maney anticipates the possibility of holding period cooking classes there and hosting special tours that will explore early 19th century cuisine and foodways. “With this grant, Hyde Hall makes a major step forward toward achieving its goals and fulfilling its potential as one of America’s most distinctive and interesting historical sites.”

Hyde Hall remains open for tours every day of the week through October 31st. Tours begin at 10am and then on the hour until 4pm, when the final tour departs. Please visit www.hydehall.org for more information about tours and special events such as the evening Hyde & Shriek candlelight tours that are available Friday and Saturday nights every weekend in October.

Hyde & Shriek! 2017 Candlelight Ghost Tours

Visit many places in the mansion where ghostly manifestations have been reported over 150 years, including those identified by Ghosthunters© in their Halloween 2013 Special.

October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 & 29
6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30

$20:00 per person

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED CALL (607) 547 5098 Ext 6

“Extended periods of walking and climbing stairs is required on this tour. It is not handicap accessible or appropriate for those who have difficulty walking.”

All sales are final; Tour will proceed rain or shine.

Hyde Hall Historic Mansion
267, Glimmerglass State Park Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Enter via the State Park entrance

Press Release – Bubbly Baroque At Hyde Hall

On  Friday, August 25 at 6 pm, Hyde Hall and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival present Bubbly Baroque in the beautiful Hyde Hall Drawing Room. A benefit concert of Baroque music will be followed by a reception where sparkling wine & cheese will be served.

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival artistic director  and flutist Linda Chesis will perform with Sarah Cunningham, viola de gamba, and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord. The concert features works by J. S. Bach, Antoine Forqueray, and François Couperin.

“The Drawing Room at Hyde Hall is the ideal setting for chamber music as it was originally envisioned,” says Chesis. “I look forward to performing there with Sarah and Bradley, they are both wonderful artists with whom I have performed for years.”

Proceeds from the concert benefit Hyde Hall and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. Tickets are $35, with additional donations appreciated. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended as seating is limited. Tickets are available online at http://www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/benefit-concert/ or by calling Brown Paper Tickets, which is open 24 hours a day, (800) 838-3006.

About the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

Founded in 1999, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has featured: the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Bill Charlap, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. The 19th season continues with Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla on August 27, and the Chiara String Quartet on October 8. More information available at cooperstownmusicfest.org

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