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Set on the stunning lakefront lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum, the Annual Benefit Gala of the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will be held Friday, July 19, at 6:30 pm. A celebration of both museums’ vistas, views, and visions, the Gala theme is “Otsego on the Hudson,” inspired by the Fenimore's exhibition The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.

Take part in a grand 19th-century picnic under a stunning sail tent, enjoying a beautiful panorama straight out of a Hudson River School painting. Soar to new heights with tethered hot air balloon rides. Croquet, badminton, and tours of Otsego: A Meeting Place will entertain as well.

The Gala also features live and silent auctions. In the live auction, win fun cocktail parties, get-aways, or tickets to either the sold-out show Matilda, winner of four Tony Awards, or audience-favorite and 2006 Best Musical Tony Award winner The Jersey Boys. The silent auction will feature stunning works of art, including paintings by artists featured in Fenimore Art Museum exhibitions, such as Susan Jones Kenyon, G.C. Myers, and Michele Harvey. To see images of some of the art on auction, visit the Gala page at

A new addition this year is a closed-bid opportunity for Robert J. Schneider’s Otsego Twilight, an oil of Otsego Lake from Hyde Hall painted in the Hudson River School style. This is paired with a picnic lunch for four from the Firehouse Market and private tour of Hyde Hall. Attendance at the Gala is not required to bid on the Otsego Twilight package. Closed bids will be accepted through July 18. Prints of this painting are also for sale to benefit the museums. Otsego Twilight is currently on display in the Fenimore Art Museum on the second floor.

For more information about the live or silent auctions, call 607-547-1433 or visit

Proceeds raised from the Annual Benefit Gala benefit educational programs at The Farmers Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and New York State Historical Association. Shelly Graham, who co-chairs the Gala, says, “As a teacher, I want to showcase just how much our treasured museums can enlighten anyone’s life, but especially a child’s. Whether it is through guided tours, interpretive scavenger hunts, or workshops, our museums make learning fun for children and encourage their enthusiasm for learning.”

For ten years, the Gala has helped the museums maintain and expand their educational programs that bring history and culture to life. Of special note is the interactive, outdoor exhibition Otsego: A Meeting Place, which explores the lives and culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people through their art, stories, and objects. This unique program is just one example of the difference supporters and attendees of the Gala make at the museums.

Gala tickets are still available for $175 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (607) 547-1433 or email

Publication Date: 
June 2013
Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: