About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Vision Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site will be the leading source for education and scholarship that inspires cultural and environmental awareness of the American landscape and the continuing impact of Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School.

Mission Statement

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement.  Cole's profound influence on America's cultural landscape inspires us to engage broad audiences through educational programs that are relevant today.


Strategic Plan

In 2010, the board and staff of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site wrote and adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide decision-making as the organization entered its second decade.
Download the 2010 Strategic Plan.



Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director

Sheri DeJan, Executive Assistant

Melissa Gavilanes, Education & Programs Coordinator

Kate Menconeri, Collection & Exhibition Manager

Marie Spano, Visitor Center Manager

Alice Tunison, Historic Site Interpreter

Peter & Tone Noci, Caretakers


Board of Trustees

Lisa Fox Martin, Chairman

Hudson Talbott, Vice-Chairman

Maynard Toll, Treasurer

Linda Gentalen, Secretary

Elizabeth Jacks, Executive Director

David Barnes

Warren Battle

Stephen Dunn

Carrie Feder

MaryEllen Gallagher

Michel Goldberg

Marianne Lockwood

Anne Miller

Johnnie Moore

Stephen Shadley

Warner Shook

Sybil Tannenbaum


2010 Annual Report