Olana Partnership to announce details of capital project
Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Olana Partnership on Dec. 13 will formally announce the details of how it intends to use $25 million raised for capital projects at the Olana State Historic Site. New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid will make the announcement and will be joined by state and local officials, as well as representatives of the Olana Partnership and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Some grants were obtained by the Olana Partnership and will come in conjunction with state funding. The $25 million in public and private funds will be used for significant capital projects at Olana including the Frederic Church Center, a new visitor entry and cultural orientation facility and the cornerstone of the Olana Partnership’s future capital development plan for the 250-acre site. In December 2021, Assemblymember Didi Barrett announced $1 million in state funding she helped obtain to assist with the construction of the Frederic Church Center for Art and Landscape. The $1 million award is the largest single grant from the Assembly to a New York State historic site. The Olana Partnership also received in late 2021 a $1.8 million grant and a second for $1.4 million that will be used for the Frederic Church Center capital project. “The Frederic Church visitor center will not only be a tribute to his legacy, but it will serve as a landing place for more than 170,000 locals and visitors,” Barrett said in 2021. The center will inform visitors about the Church family and Olana, and help visitors understand the story of one of America’s greatest 19th-century artists. Read more at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.