CATSKILL — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced the schedule for its 2020 “Sunday Salons” lecture series. The series presents leading national scholars on major topics that offer a fresh take on history and connect contemporary issues with the life, work, and legacy of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting.

The “Sunday Salons” schedule is as follows:

Jan. 26 – Maggie M. Cao, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak about environmental concerns in the landscapes of Martin Johnson Heade;

Feb. 23 – Elizabeth W. Hutchinson, Associate Professor of American Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University, will discuss the complex meaning of Native Americans in Cole’s art;

March 15 – Jean Dunbar, leading historic interiors expert overseeing the restoration of Thomas Cole’s 1815 Main House, will reveal new sources for Cole’s designs;

April 19 – Dorothy M. Peteet, Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will illuminate the ecology of our contemporary landscapes in connection with our 2020 exhibition, Cross Pollination, which will be presented in partnership with Olana and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.

The lectures will take place at 2 p.m. in Thomas Cole’s New Studio building at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill. Admission is $10 for members; $12 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at,

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