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)

As Assistant Director of the Philipsburg Manor Reinterpretation project, helped develop and manage 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 

Kate's "Dutch Dreams and Realities"

Guided Walk of Kinderhook, NY

August 25, 2018  


The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration: New York's Biggest Party Ever!  

From Marketplace to Museum Space: Edwin AtLee Barber, the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, and American Majolica

The Hudson River School of Art and Its influences

Philipsburg Manor and the History of Enslavement in the Hudson River Valley   

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

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

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



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 series of lectures on particular themes.

 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 of Art, Tulsa's Philbrook Museum, The Philadelphia Club, and The University Club (NYC). 

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


Kate has planned and conducted art, history and landscape  tours of the Hudson River Valley. She has participated in dozens of tours as a developer, organizer, leader, specialist guide, and 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." 

Kate Johnson,

Lecturer and Specialist Guide, High

Museum of Art Docents' Tour of the Hudson River Valley  

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