Kasten Lecture with HHS Board Trustee Sanford Levy

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Join Historic Huguenot Street for a lecture by antiques expert and Board Trustee Sanford Levy discussing the material culture of Hudson Valley kasten (18th- and early 19th-century Dutch-style cupboards, singular kast).

Although variations exist, the typical kast is a large, free-standing cupboard or wardrobe with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled, molded cornice. The cupboard usually sits on a base with a single drawer or drawers and ball-shaped feet. Levy’s lecture at the 1799 LeFevre House (54 Huguenot Street) will explore the ways in which the Hudson Valley kast developed from its European background, the many styles of construction, and the changes in style from the 18th century to the 19th century.

“Historic Huguenot Street currently houses one of, if not the largest collections of Hudson Valley kasten in the country,” explained Levy. “We are currently seeking information about privately-owned Hudson Valley kasten to expand public knowledge of these important pieces of material culture” An exhibit, symposium, and fully-illustrated compendium is being planned for 2017.

The 5 pm lecture will be followed by a private reception and behind-the-scenes tour of the kasten in the Historic Huguenot Street collection as seen in a house setting. Catered by The Village Tea Room Restaurant & Bake Shop, the reception will take place at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) and the tour will depart at 6:30 pm.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged – register at huguenotstreet.org/rsvp.
Lecture only: Members $10, seniors and military $12, general admission $15.
Lecture, Reception, & Tour: Members $20, seniors and military $22, general admission $25.