Rep. Delgado Visits National Medal Nominated Thomas Cole House

March 23, 2021
Press Release

CATSKILL, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) visited the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Rep. Delgado nominated the site for the 2021 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Last week, IMLS announced Thomas Cole National Historic Site as one of 15 museum finalists across the United States.

The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“I was proud to nominate the Thomas Cole National Historic Site for the prestigious National Medal,” said Rep. Deglado. “For twenty years, this beautiful museum has showcased invaluable Hudson River School art to families, tourists, and students. Catskill, and all of upstate New York, are lucky to have the Thomas Cole House in our backyard. Thank you to the museum’s leadership, trustees, and employees  for inviting me today to tour this historic site.”

“The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is incredibly grateful to Congressman Delgado for his support and encouragement,” said Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. “Thank you to the Congressman for nominating the Thomas Cole Site for the 2021 IMLS National Medal. The Thomas Cole Site was just named one of fifteen museum finalists across the country! It is an extraordinary honor that will have a huge impact on the future of this organization and the local community of Catskill. 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and we are thrilled to have this momentum going into an exciting season with lots of new programming opening soon for our community, including an outdoor nighttime light and sound experience, new digital storytelling installations in the artist’s home supported by the IMLS, and a major cross-county collaborative exhibition of 19th century and contemporary art.”