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Tuesday, Apr 15, 2003

The Hyde Receives Upstate History Alliance

                                     April 15, 2003
CONTACT:  Alice Grether
518-792-1761 x 15
agrether@hydecollection.org

Glens Falls, NY -  The Hyde Collection is pleased to announce the receipt of a $2,500 GET SET grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, administered by the Upstate History Alliance.  This funding, in part, allows the Museum to hire Paul Himmelstein of Appelbaum and Himmelstein, as a lighting consultant to develop a lighting plan for Hyde House.  Mr. Himmelstein, a professional conservator, has served as a consultant to a number of museums and historic sites such as The Adirondack Museum, Hudson River Museum, Samuel Morse House, and Monticello.


The goal of the lighting plan is to provide better protection for the artwork while enhancing the historic character of Hyde House and maximizing viewing experience for our visitors.  We are thrilled to receive this funding, stated Hyde curator Erin M. Coe.  A comprehensive study of the lighting conditions in Hyde House has never been completed, although the museum has made great strides in protecting the collection from the damaging effects of light, lighting problems persist.   


The lighting consultant recommend a lighting plan design with both short and long term goals. Initially these measures will include replacing lighting fixtures and bulbs on the now thirty-year-old track lights and, in some cases, installing pictures lights above paintings to improve visitors access to the works of art on view. Other lighting concerns to be addressed include controlling light levels from the skylights and all windows in Hyde House by installing more historically sensitive, yet light blocking materials.


The lighting plan is a component of the Museum's Comprehensive Plan and is part of the Furnishing Plan, which is guiding the restoration of Hyde House to its 1936-1963 era appearance. Although the remainder of the Museum complex will remain open, Hyde House will close to the public effective July 1, 2003 in order to begin this restoration process.

 

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The GET SET grants are one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions. To learn more about these grant programs, eligibility requirements and deadlines, visit UHA's web site at  www.upstatehistory.org or contact Linda Norris at the Upstate History Alliance, by e-mail at infor@upstatehistory.org and by phone by 1-800-895-1648.


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SPECIAL NOTATION:

As part of The Hyde's comprehensive Furnishing Plan, Hyde House will be closed effective July 1, 2003 due to renovation and restoration.  However, the remainder of the museum complex will remain open with exciting exhibitions scheduled:  Frederic Remington: Illustrator, Sculptor, Painter, May 25 - August 24, 2003; INSIDE/OUT: Revisioning Hyde House by Margo Mensing and Susie Brandt, August 10 - November 16, 2003; and FORM(ATION): Modern and Contemporary Works from the Feibes & Schmidt Collection, September 7 - December 7, 2003.  


Note to editors: For more information, contact Alice Grether at 518-792-1761 ext. 15.

The Hyde Collection is a historic house and art museum complex that combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a distinguished permanent collection consisting of works by European old and modern masters and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum provides changing exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities and school programming as well as a Museum Shop. Admission free with voluntary donations accepted. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York.


Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM; Thursday till 7 PM; Sunday noon - 5 PM. Closed Mondays and national holidays. Admission free. For information, call 518-792-1761. www.hydeartmuseum.org



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