Planting Fields Foundation opens new exhibition

School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972 at the Manor House.

Members Preview Reception at the Manor House

Thursday, June 5th, 2014, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Exhibition on display Saturday, June 7th through September 30th 11:30am – 3:30pm daily / Free admission with $8 parking fee

 

 

Before the Arboretum became a State Park it was a campus of State University of New York (SUNY). The first students registered for tuition free classes at the new State University College on Long Island in the fall of 1957. The exhibition, using vintage photographs, original archives and artifacts tells the story of how the mansion, Coe hall, was adapted for use as classrooms and dormitories. In 1961, as the school grew, additional facilities were housed in 16 temporary geodesic domes erected in the gardens. William R. Coe who deeded the estate to New York State in 1955 prohibited the addition of any permanent buildings to the property. The college offered a four year BA designed for training future high school teachers who would be needed for the "baby boom" generation.

 

When the new SUNY campus opened at Stony Brook in 1962 the college at Planting Fields was moved there. In its place was housed the new SUNY Center of International Studies and World Affairs. Close to Manhattan's United Nations, Planting Fields was a beautiful retreat used to host seminars and conferences about international education. Coe Hall was renamed International Hall and the name was used until the entire program was moved to Albany in 1968.

 

In 1968 a fire at the mansion at Old Westbury State College required the campus to be relocated and so Planting Fields became its home for three years. It was created as an experimental school in answer to growing student radicalism of the 1960s. There were no grades, and no student ever received a failing grade. The activist nature of the student body combined with the open ended goals of the school resulted in a power struggle between students and administration. At the end of the spring 1971 semester the school was deemed a failure and it was closed by the Board of Regents. Come see the exhibition to learn more about this fascinating period in the history of Planting Fields.

 

 

Exhibition Hours:

 

School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972

On view Saturday, June 7th – September 30th Open daily 11:30am – 3:30pm at the Manor House, Planting Fields Free admission to exhibition with $8 parking fee

 

Events & Public Program:

 

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 - Back to the 50’s Party at the Manor House

6:00pm – 8:30pm, $50 Non-Member / $40 for Members/ No Parking Fee

We’re movin’ tables and stackin’ chairs, because at this party we’re having a rockin’ affair. Come to the Manor House for dancing and drinks, gents wear leather and dolls wear pink. Penny loafers, Buddy Holly shades, saddle shoes, poodle skirts, and scarves in your hair work too! Live music with The Clusters, the original 1958 legend Oldies Group considered one of the top vocal groups on the East Coast! Enjoy burgers, fries, shakes, cocktails, beer and more from the 1950’s. Join us to celebrate our new exhibition School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972! For more reservations call Michelle Benes (516) 922-8682 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 - Folk Concert at the Manor House with Doc & JC

1:00pm – 3:30pm / FREE with $8 Parking Fee / Rain or shine!

Doc and JC feature two guitars and vocal folk harmonies that is fresh and unique. Enjoy the hits by Simon Garfunkel, the Eagles, James Taylor, Crosby, Still and Nash and Young, John Denver, the Beatles and many more. Visit the exhibition School Days: Planting Fields as a University 1955-1972 until 3:30pm inside the Manor House. Concert is rain or shine. For more information call Jennifer Lavella (516) 922-8678 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Lecture by Justin Martin: “Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted Brothers, Fathers & Sons, Creators of America’s Great Landscape Parks” 2:00pm at Coe Hall / FREE admission with $8 parking fee / no reservations required The Olmsted firm designed Planting Fields’ gorgeous park in the 1920’s. Mr. Martin’s book The Genius of Place: Frederick Law Olmsted will be available to purchase and be signed. For more information, call Gwendolyn L. Smith (516) 922-8680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Children’s Engineering Workshop 12:00pm – 12:45pm / Ages 8-12 FREE with $8 parking fee / Manor House See the exhibition School Days: Planting Fields as a University and bring children to build a miniature geodesic dome like the ones that were built by SUNY at Planting Fields to make room for classrooms and libraries. For reservations, call Michelle Benes (516) 922-8682 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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HOURS & INFORMATION

PARK HOURS:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

$8 per car until Nov, 18th

COE HALL HOURS:

Self-Guided Visits to Coe Hall

11:30 am - 3:30 pm 3/29 - 9/30 daily

October Weekends only

$4 Non-Members

Members & Children under 12 are free

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