President's Message

Hello and welcome to the website of the Friends of Schuyler Mansion.

It's been an exciting 2017 so far! The Ruins of Rome wallpaper now graces the walls of the upper and lower halls of the mansion, looking resplendent in its 18th century glory and perhaps Schuyler himself would recognize the space as he originally decorated it. Along with that, three original Schuyler back stool chairs are being upholstered in a copy of 18th century fabric and three additional copies are being reproduced by a talented craftsman to complete the set - a project that is being overseen and financed by the Friends.  Soon the site will have new computer tablets, an interactive tool, with which the public can virtually decorate the mansion with 18th century alternative decorations such as wallpaper, carpeting, drapery design, upholstery, and ceiling design.  Friends of Schuyler Mansion has made great strides over its 40 year history and we have more in store that will be revealed throughout the season and into 2018! 

Friends of Schuyler Mansion members will have occasion to preview these exciting new changes and additions throughout the season and at our annual membership meeting on May 16. While there was the first public reveal during our recent July 4th celebration, there will be many special events this year celebrating the mansion's centennial  as a historic site.  This includes a weekend of special events October 13 - 15, in which Schuyler descendants will participate.  See the calendar of events elsewhere on this website and in the newsletter for a complete listing of our special anniversary year events (also the NYS Parks website and site Facebook page)!

We hope you will enjoy this special commemorative newsletter containing articles on the history of the mansion, restorations, conservation of collections and the history of the Friends of Schuyler Mansion. Don’t forget to renew your membership this year to take best advantage of the upcoming events.  We are actively seeking contributions toward donor matches which will help us match grant funding and get closer to our restoration goals and your donations toward these efforts are much appreciated.   I look forward to seeing you all at Schuyler Mansion in the upcoming year.

John L. Scherer