2016 Educational Programs: Goshen, NY

Join the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame for its Learn & Create Series. On selected dates this fall, the Harness Racing Museum will pair Lunch or Dinner with an exploration of various topics in history and art through slide shows and lectures.

Certain events include hands on art projects as well. This series is designed to feed the body as well as the intellectual and artistic soul. Admission is open to the public and includes lecture, meal and craft supplies. Reservations are required three days prior to each event.

September 8, 2016, 12:00-2:30 PM – The Harness Racing Museum’s collection curator, Rebecca Howard, will discuss selected works of art in the Museum, the current gallery exhibit – The Fine Art of Harness Racing. In a blending of equine and art history, Ms. Howard’s slide presentation will highlight the horses, people and artists captured by the exhibit. Following Ms. Howard’s presentation the Museum’s education coordinator and sculptress for the Hall of Fame, Kristin Roberts, will guide participants to sculpt a small horse head, beginning with an armature which will be layered and sculpted with air dry terracotta clay. Lunch included.

Admission is $20 – Museum Members $18


September 18, 2016, 3:00 PM – Join the Museum for music, tea and treats at 3:00 PM. Evergreen Chorus, of Poughkeepsie, New York, a Sweet Adeline’s International first place ensemble, will perform and discuss the history and intricacies of barbershop style music. Price to be determined.


October 25, 2016, 6:00-9:00 PM - Alex Prizgintas will discuss “The E. H. Harriman Incline Railroad”. Dinner included. Admission is $20 – Museum Members $18


November 15, 2016, 6:00-9:00 PM“Orange County Dairies and Their Milk Bottles” Alex Prizgintas will discuss dairies in Orange County. His work has recently attracted the attention of the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors who awarded him the “Dannheim Emerging Leader” Award. Dinner included.

Admission is $20 – Museum Members $18


November 22, 2016, 12:00 to 2:30 PM – Currier & Ives Artists Lecture and Coloring Workshop

On this date the museum will highlight its outstanding collection of Currier & Ives lithographs with a discussion of the artists behind the famous Currier & Ives images. From the comedic views of Thomas Worth to Fanny Palmer’s colorization and backgrounds each contributing artist has their own story. Then be guided using your artistic skills to color a lithograph reproduction of one of Fanny’s original works with watercolor pencils and brushes.  Lunch included. Admission is $20 – Museum Members $18


December 8, 2016, 7:00 PM The annual Holiday Concert featuring festive music sung by the Goshen Varsity Choir and Jazz Voices, and the Evergreen Chorus will be held in Haughton Hall. Refreshments in the Carriage Room will follow the performance. Admission is $3.00 – Museum Members Free. No reservation required.

Support Toys for Tots with a new unwrapped toy donation and admission is $2.00.


December 12th, 12:00 to 2:30 PM – Stable and Ornament Workshop

In the final lecture and workshop of the year the Museum staff will present a discussion of the architectural features of their 1913 stable home. With a brief account of the stable’s history this slide presentation will focus on the unique blend of Carpenter Gothic and Tudor styles designed by architects Hiss & Weeks.  Participants will create on ornament in Tudor style!  Admission $20 – Museum Members $18