One-day bus trip will trace Frederic Church’s roots from birthplace to burial in Hartford, CT Calling all Frederic Edwin Church fans! Join The Olana Partnership on Saturday, April 16 for the very first Olana’s Travellers Club excursion. If you love Frederic Church, 19 th century history, and going to new places – than this is the trip for you. Church and his colleagues, such as, Henry W. Bellows, Albert Bierstadt and Richard Morris Hunt, started their very own “Travellers Club” in 1864. Take a day trip to trace Church’s roots in Hartford, Connecticut: the birthplace, childhood stomping grounds, and final resting place of Frederic Church and his family. The coach bus will leave from Olana’s Wagon House Education Center at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 6:00 p.m. The all-inclusive tour covers transportation, lunch, and entrance fees. Start your trip at the Charter Oak Tree monument to see the site of the historically significant tree that Church frequently painted. Your next stop will be the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art to view one of the largest collections of Hudson River School and landscape paintings, including several by Church. The trip will continue with a tour of the Mark Twain House. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was a colleague of Church and a visitor at Olana. His home depicts many of the same 19 the century Aesthetic Movement influences found at Olana. The trip will end with a walking tour of the Church family graves led by Hartford, CT historian and genealogist, Mary Falvey. Pre-registration is required no later than Sunday, April 10. For more information or to make your reservation, please visit www.olana.org/education/ or call Olana’s Education Department at 518-828- 1872 ext. 105. The Wagon House Education Center is located at Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534. Member: $65, Non-Member: $75. Coach bus, lunch, and entrance fees are included. Ages 10 and up. About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the preeminent American artist of the mid-19thC and the most important artist’s home, studio and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and, today, welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually. Olana State Historic Site, a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for- profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana State Historic Site. 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of this public/private partnership. To learn more about Olana and The Olana Partnership, please visit www.olana.org Wagon House Education Center programming is made possible in part through support provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency; the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation; the Taconic Foundation; the John Wilmerding Education Initiative, and the members of The Olana Partnership.