Kate Johnson,HistoryConsulting.com

For an example of Kate's presentation style, click here to see the Q & A portion of a lecture on New York's 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration.


Audiences enjoy Kate's professional, engaging and well-illustrated presentations on American history, art, and design topics. This professional has lectured at museums, libraries, colleges, teachers' institutes, clubs and conferences across the country. She offers single illustrated lectures, training sessions for museum guides and art handlers and series of lectures addressing a particular theme.

 She has addressed audiences at the University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, New York University, Bard Graduate Center, Museum of the City of New York, Historic Deerfield, Conner Prairie, Baltimore Museum, Tulsa's Philbrook Museum, The Philadelphia Club and The University Club. In the Hudson Valley region, she has spoken for the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Nyack Public Library, the Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture and the Great Estates Consortium among many other institutions and organizations.    

Kate has made conference presentations for the International Council of Museums, American Alliance of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Museum Association of New York State, Omohundro Conference of Early American History and Culture, Colonial Williamsburg Forum, Winterthur Museum, Rose Nichols Museum, Researching New York and other entities.


Kate can plan and conduct art, history, and farm-to-table tours of the Hudson River Valley. She has participated in dozens of tours as a developer, organizer, leader, specialist guide and/or lecturer. These include the High Museum of Art Docents' tour, the Greenwich Historical Society’s sponsored tour and the Attingham International Study Program "New York and the Hudson Valley." 

This Hudson Valley native and regional expert can create a tour itinerary which caters to the particular interests of your group. She can also lead the tour if you so desire.

One of Kate's Many Lecture Topics 

Lecturer and Specialist Guide for High

Museum Docents' Hudson Valley Tour  


Hudson Valley Art, Landscapes, and River Estates: The Inspiration of a Nation

The Hudson River School of Art and Its influences

Emblems of State: Art and Historical Objects from the United States Senate

Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley: Colonial- and Federal-Era Architecture, Design and Daily Life

Beauty & the Brick: Illustrated Books and 19th-Century American Domestic Design

The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration: New York's Biggest Party Ever!
Knickerbocker Holiday: How and Why 19th-Century New Yorkers Invented The American Christmas

Tales of Conflict and Accommodation, America's Progressive Era  in Greenwich (CT), 1890-1915

From Beaux Arts to Bungalows: American Domestic Design, 1880-1920

Montgomery Place: An American Arcadia 

Giving Voice to the Unheard: New York's Colonial Slave Plantation, Philipsburg Manor

At Home in the New Nation: American Domestic Design, 1785-1820

Star Ceramics at Historic Hudson Valley


Conducted guide training session for exhibition “Greenwich Faces the Great War,” Greenwich (CT) Historical Society (2014)

Developed roster of adult programming, advised on design of docent training course and conducted a training session for “A Good Light: The Artist’s Studio in Cos Cob and Beyond” exhibition and the reinstallation of Bush-Holley House artist's studio, Greenwich Historical Society (2012)

Designed, managed, and co-led training program for Montgomery Place guides (2012)

Assisted with the development and management of an extensive training course for guides at Philipsburg Manor; conducted evaluation of guides delivering new tours (2002-04) 


Recruited, trained, and managed a core of volunteer guides to give focus tours at Philipburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, and Sunnyside

Managed National Endowment for the Arts-funded decorative arts training course for museum guides at HHV