Kate Johnson,HistoryConsulting.com

COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT SERVICES 

KInderhook (NY) Reformed Church,

Series of History Panels  

Kate can guide or implement:


Accessioning and  Cataloging Projects

Deaccessioning initiatives

Large-scale Moves and Reinstallation of art,
        artifact and book collections


Design of Collections Storage Areas

Sample Projects:

Greenwich (CT) Historical Society (2015-16)
Consultant on Collections and Humanities Assessment involving the improvement of collections management and cross-departmental considerations about interpretation of collection items.     

Greenwich (CT) Historical Society (2012)
Helped GHS Archivist develop a theme-based image digitization plan based on the institution's strategic plan, collection strengths and upcoming exhibitions and programs.

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA (1992)
HSWP was offered the complete contents of a Victorian house. Kate compared thousands of objects to HSWP’s collections scope and wrote a report recommending which artifacts should be accepted into the collection.

At Historic Hudson Valley:

Chaired curatorial and library/archives space design team for HHV’s new headquarters building, working with library consultants, interior designers, and move planners; served on the Move Team (2007-11)

Oversaw removal, off-site storage, return, and installation of Philipsburg Manor’s artifact collection to allow for building restoration (2002-04)


Co-managed design/construction of HHV's climate-controlled storage facility

Orchestrated move of HHV’s library

Oversaw cataloging of Montgomery Place’s contents (10,000+ objects) acquired with property

Talk to Kate about your exhibition plans and requirements. Her experience is broad and deep. She has curated and project-managed gallery, online, historic interior, and outdoor and indoor interpretive panel exhibitions. These exhibitions won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry C. Luce Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Connecticut Humanities, and the New York State Council on the Arts, among other funders.

 Aside from curating exhibitions, she can also assemble and manage a project team--working with curators, registrars, designers, installers, educators, and communications staff to meet goals and deadlines. She can also create a menu of museum programming to accompany exhibitions. She can write and /or oversee the production of exhibition catalogs, brochures, and checklists. Kate can also write and implement installation (furnishing) plans for historic interiors.

Whatever your needs, Kate is happy to contribute as an advisor, team member, or project manager.


GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Greenwich Faces the Great War
(Gallery exhibition with iPad component, World War I themed historic house installation, and demonstration War Garden), Greenwich (CT) Historical Society (2014-15)

Celebrating Historic Hudson Valley at 60: Rockefeller Patronage in Sleepy Hollow Country, Winter Antiques Show Loan Exhibition, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan (2012)
 
Remembrances of a Romantic Landscape: The Garden Ornament of Montgomery Place, Montgomery Place Greenhouse (2004)

The following mounted at the Philipsburg Manor Gallery:

Cross Roads & Cross Rivers: Diversity in Colonial New York

Irving Illustrated (literary painting and graphic design)

Gallant Gothic
(gothic revival architecture, paintings, and objects)

Beloved Keepsakes (miniature paintings on ivory)

Art of the Landscape: Sunnyside, Montgomery Place and Romanticism

Of Sterling Character (silver and gold objects)

The Limner’s Trade (colonial- and federal-period paintings with related historic clothing and accessories)

Committed to Paper

Through the Looking Glass (wall mirrors and reflective devices)

From Trade to Treason: The Philipses and the 300th Anniversary of Philipsburg’s Manorial Charter

Preserving New York, Federal Hall National Historic Site and Philipsburg Manor Gallery


And:


Visions of Washington Irving (Historic Hudson Valley's paintings collection) Registrar and Catalog Contributor, Federal Hall National Historic Site/Hudson River Museum/New York State Museum

Exhibition Slide Show 

EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT

SELECT HISTORIC HOUSE EXHIBITIONS

Curatorial and historical content team member on William Conner House, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, IN (2016: permanent)

Reinterpretation and reinstallation of 1823 multi-use house built and occupied by bi-cultural fur trader / Indian translator / land speculator William Conner and his family.       

Reinterpretation/reinstallation of Montgomery Place's first floor (2010-15)

Enslaved family's living quarters, Van Cortlandt Manor (2009: permanent)

Reinterpretation/reinstallation of colonial slave site Philipsburg Manor (2004: permanent)

Interpretive/installation plan for a suite of Victorian Rooms, Piatt Castles, West Liberty, OH (2001)

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT (1990)
Temporary reinstallation  and reinterpretation of Bush-Holley house to represent the Holley/MacRae boarding house/summer art colony, c. 1900 to coincide with a companion exhibition at the Bruce Museum. The re-creation of Elmer MacRae's studio remained as part of the permanent exhibition.


OUTDOOR AND INDOOR INTERPRETIVE PANEL EXHIBITIONS

Kinderhook Reformed Church: Centuries of Service to God and Community, Kinderhook, NY (2012: permanent)

Co-curator, An American Arcadia, series of interpretive panels placed in the Montgomery Place landscape and accompanying brochure (2011: permanent)
 
Slavery and Resistance in the Hudson Valley, New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail Regional Center at Philipsburg Manor (2011: permanent)

The Spring Holiday Called Pinkster: An African Survival in Colonial New York, ArtsWestchester (2010)

 
ONLINE EXHIBITIONS AT HUDSONVALLEY.ORG

An American Arcadia: Americans' Changing Relationship with Land and Nature at Montgomery Place (2012: permanent)  



Beauty & the Brick: Illustrated Books & 19th-Century Domestic Design (2002: permanent)



Cross Roads & Cross Rivers: Diversity in Colonial New York, online version (1999:permanent)