Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, Connecticut.
The Henderson Americana Center for Culture & the Creative Arts is located on Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, Connecticut. Hunt Hill Farm, the heart of the historic Anderson and Bostwick farms, has been continuously farmed since 1707 and has been lovingly preserved by Ruth & Skitch Henderson.It has housed The Silo Store ? Gallery ? Cooking School for 31 years and is completing the first phase of its Living Museum with the recreation of Skitch Henderson?s Studio. The Studio is home to a Steinway Studio Grand piano, signed by five members of the Steinway family, lived at NBC while Skitch Henderson served as Music Director and as Conductor of the Tonight Show with Steve Allen, Jack Parr and Johnny Carson. It also contains Skitch Henderson?s collection of original scores and mini-scores, photographs, a collection of still banks, part of the Ruth Henderson Americana Collection of carousel animals, and a marble soda fountain that was operated locally until 1969. This high-ceilinged room, with its exposed beams and large fireplace is enhanced daily with collectibles from current events with the New York Pops, now in its 21st year at Carnegie Hall, of which Skitch is the founder and music director, and Skitch?s Legends & Jazz series of recordings.The Silo Cooking School has collected recipes and notes from more than 1,700 classes with well-known culinary professionals and superstars such as Jacques Pepin and Giuliano Bugialli. The Silo Gallery has preserved exhibit and artist information since its very first show in 1975 to the present day ? comprising over 200 shows, with over 650 artists and artisans.