Tom Armstrong has created, studied, collected, or presented American art to the public for over sixty years. A highly regarded museum professional, he has directed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Armstrong has an equally profound dedication to gardening and garden preservation. He has created an extraordinary seaside garden that is regularly visited by other garden lovers. The loss of his colonial-style home by fire led to its replacement with a beautiful glass-and-steel dwelling designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. The transparency of this structure creates a reciprocal relationship between house and garden, a merging of interior and exterior. A director of the Garden Conservancy since 1991, Tom Armstrong is the current chairman of the board. He serves on advisory committees at Mount Vernon and Winterthur, and has published and lectured widely on art and gardening.
Roger and Frances Kennedy
Roger G. Kennedy – editor, historian, journalist, banker, attorney, advocate and public servant – has served on boards, commissions, and task forces for six presidents. In 1970 he became Vice President, Finance, The Ford Foundation, later serving as Vice President, the Arts. From 1979 to 1992 he was Director (now Director Emeritus) of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. From 1993 through 1997 he was Director of the National Park Service. He is the author of twelve books on American history, architectural history, and public affairs, including Greek Revival America, Orders from France, Rediscovering America, Mission, Hidden Cities, Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause and, in 2007, Wildfire and Americans. His magazine articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, Readers Digest, Architectural Digest, House and Garden, Winterthur Quarterly, and The New Republic.
In Frances H. Kennedy’s thirty years in land conservation, her focus has been on preserving historic land. Her work at the Conservation Fund protected nearly 9,000 acres of “hallowed ground” on America’s Civil War battlefields. She was the editor and principal contributor of The Civil War Battlefield Guide, the leading guide to the war’s 384 principal battles. Her book with Douglas R. Porter, Dollar$ and Sense of Battlefield Preservation, documents the economic benefits of preservation over development. Soon to be published, American Indian Places describes 366 publicly accessible locations of significance to Native Americans, from Acadia National Park in Maine to the Makah Reservation in Washington State, from the battlefield of Little Bighorn to the missions of San Antonio, from the shell mounds of Florida to the Santa Monica Mountains.