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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003

Charlotte Pruyn Hyde Included In New York State Senate Historical

                           March 12, 2003
CONTACT:  Alice Grether
518-792-1761 x 15

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced three women to be added to the ranks of New York State's historic Women of Distinction. Art collector and contributor Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, Hispanic poet Julia de Burgos, and Minister Antoinette Brown Blackwell will be among those honored in an exhibit displayed at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, March 10-21.

The three women to be included in the exhibit will join over 40 other women who have stood out and been recognized for their outstanding community and professional services and groundbreaking achievements.  Each of these women have played a crucial role in New York State's political, social and economic development.

These three women have blazed a trail for the women of today and broke new ground as leaders, said Senator Bruno.  Their achievements are a source of pride and inspiration to all New Yorkers as their contributions have enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond.

The Senate's Women of Distinction program was created in 1998 to honor New York women of outstanding accomplishment and importance.  The women honored represent a small sample of the countless women who have enriched the quality of life in the Empire State and beyond.  Past honorees include 19th Century suffragists and women accomplished in sciences, academics, business and the arts.

Charlotte Pruyn Hyde

Charlotte Pruyn Hyde's honorary inclusion as one of New York's historical Women of Distinction is of particular importance to the Capital Region.  Her Glens Falls home along with its extensive collection of fine and decorative arts was bequeathed to the community in 1952 and has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums in New York.

Hyde's impressive collection of fine art adorns her magnificent Italian Renaissance style home that is now known as The Hyde Collection.  The hallmark collection opened in Glens Falls, New York as Mrs. Hyde established a public trust following her husband's death.

Charlotte Pruyn Hyde was an accomplished woman of New York, born in Glens Falls in 1867 and educated there and in Albany.  She was the daughter of  Samuel Pruyn, the owner of the Finch Pruyn paper mill. Her considerable wealth and upbringing exposed her to thriving artistic and intellectual communities and resulted in a well developed aesthetic that continues to represent the American Renaissance ideal in Glens Falls.

For many years, our community and visitors from around the world have enjoyed the remarkable fine art collection of Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, said Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury).  Her passion for art lives today through the Hyde Collection, an incredibly generous gift she left for all of us and for future generations to appreciate.  I'm pleased to join my Senate colleagues this year in recognizing Charlotte Hyde as one of three New York State Women of Distinction, a truly deserving honor as well as an opportunity for us to share with many more her wonderful legacy.

Charlotte Pruyn Hyde is a woman who's dedication and generosity to the community are worthy of distinction, said Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R-C, Brunswick)  Her deep appreciation for the arts rivals the love she had for her hometown of Glens Falls, New York.

The Hyde Collection is honored to have Charlotte Hyde recognized in this manner, said Alice Grether, Hyde Collection Marketing Director.  Her love of fine art and the desire to share it for generations to come through the Hyde Trust is a testament to her commitment and forethought.  As a vital and evolving institution, The Hyde is keenly aware of her legacy and strives to keep it at the forefront of all we do.

In addition to historic figures, the Women of Distinction program also honors present day women whose achievements merit them special recognition.  These honorees are selected from nominations submitted from across the state and are the focus of a contemporary Women of Distinction display slated for Tuesday June 3, 2003 in Albany.

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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.



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