- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) - A project to uncover and preserve previously unknown wall paintings by 19th century Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole will go forward with $460,000 in federal funding.

Officials at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill said small sections of a frieze, or decorative border, were found in two rooms at Cole’s house in Greene County. They applied for $600,000 for restoration work.

Sen. Charles Schumer backed the request and said Friday that part of it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He said he’ll continue to fight for an additional $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Cole lived from 1801 to 1848 and founded the Hudson River School, a movement that concentrated on landscapes detailing American nature and rural life.

The grants will allow the historic site’s operators to bring in experts to expose the paintings and preserve the walls. The grants will also support a complete restoration of the east and west parlors in the main house and develop interactive exhibits and a multimedia presentation for visitors.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site sits on six acres in the Hudson Valley and includes the 1815 main house, Cole’s 1839 studio, a visitor center and several other buildings. It hosts about 20,000 visitors a year.

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