The Hyde Collection relies on donations and sponsorships to support its exhibitions and educational programs, and the Hyde Gala in October is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Already, one prominent family has donated a large amount to this year’s gala, which is hopefully the start of many generous donations to come.
The Pruyn Family & The $50,000 Donation
You’ve likely seen or heard of Finch Paper, the major pulp and paper manufacturer located just down the road from The Hyde in Glens Falls. But you might not know the paper mill’s connection to the art museum.
Samuel Pruyn founded Finch Paper in the late 1800s. He and his wife, Eliza Jane, had three daughters: Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, Mary Pruyn Hoopes, and Nell Pruyn Cunningham. Charlotte Pruyn Hyde bequeathed her home and prized art collection to the museum in 1952, creating The Hyde Collection.
Now, the Hoopes family is continuing the Pruyn tradition of supporting the arts with a $50,000 donation to jump start contributions to the annual gala.
“The Hyde Collection is built on a foundation of giving,” Kam Hoopes, Mary Hoopes’ great grandson, said in a statement on behalf of the family. “A legacy of philanthropy and passion for the arts have long supported the museum and kept the spirit of the Pruyn sisters alive.”
Be a Part of the Hyde History
Kam Hoopes is hoping that his family’s gift will motivate others to donate to the museum. The Hyde not only has a world renowned collection of American and European art that spans several centuries, but the museum also serves more than 5,000 children each year through their educational programming.