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Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005

ANOTHER AWARD FOR HYDE HOUSE RESTORATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2005

CONTACT: Stacey Mattison, Communications Manager, 518-792-1761 x 20, smattison@hydecollection.org

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HYDE RECEIVES HISTORY AWARD

Glens Falls, NY – The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York has recently received a 2005 Award of Merit/Certificate of Commendation from the Upstate History Alliance (UHA) for its Preserving the Legacy project which included the exterior and interior restoration of historic Hyde House (1912). These awards are presented annually by UHA to recognize outstanding work in the regional history and museum community. The Hyde is one of only seven organizations to be recognized this year. The Awards will be presented to winners at the UHA/MANY Annual Conference Reception hosted by the Rochester Historical Society on April 24, 2005.

Hyde House is one of a few surviving examples of American Renaissance architecture found in upstate New York. The historic structure’s exterior stucco was completely restored. Inside, a historic Furnishing Plan was implemented, which guided the interior restoration efforts. The Furnishing Plan lead to the reproduction of original rugs, curtains, and upholstery; the repainting of the interior to its 1936 color scheme (as determined by a historic paint analysis); and the development of a lighting plan. The existing lighting system was replaced with fiber optic lighting throughout the house, as well as picture lights. On May 22, 2004, Hyde House reopened its doors to the brilliance of the past and the promise of a bright future. Carefully restored and thoughtfully preserved for generations to come, Hyde House will provide visitors with a more engaging and educational experience than ever before.

"This project clearly shows a commitment to preservation and conservation as well as a desire to address the full material environment of the collectors. Personal surroundings perhaps tell more about the collector than the collection in a vacuum," stated one of the Award reviewers. The Upstate History Alliance is a non-profit organization which provides support, advice, and training to historical societies, museums, historians and others interested in history in upstate New York. Each year its Award of Merit program recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in the history and museum community. A full list of 2005 Award winners is available on the UHA website, www.upstatehistory.org. For more information on the UHA Awards program, contact UHA at (800)-895-1648.

This is the second award The Hyde has received for the restoration of Hyde House. The Museum also recently received an Award of Excellence (Historic Preservation) from The Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies & Museums.

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The Hyde Collection, an award-winning historic house (1912) and modern art museum complex (1989 & 2004) combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a world-class permanent collection consisting of works by European old, modern masters, and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum presents temporary exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities, and school programming as well as a Museum Store. Admission is FREE with voluntary donations accepted. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York. Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday noon - 5pm., Closed Mondays and national holidays. For information, call 518-792-1761 or visit www.hydecollection.org.


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