2018 ​NEWS

ANNUAL APPEAL
Posted October 28, 2018

Dear Friends and Supporters:

 

We have had another excellent year! The Association is committed to fostering a thriving relationship with the United States Military Academy at West Point and we are happy to welcome the new Garrison Commander COL Marson and his wife Amy, as we continue to plan for the future of Constitution Island.

 

Completion of the WARNER HOUSE PRESERVATION PROJECT is slated for early 2019. Once complete, we will reinstate our public tours and Signature Events on the Island. Thankfully, maintenance of the Warner Sister’s historically accurate gardens has been ongoing this summer, thanks to the dedication of our invaluable volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact us.  We need you!

 

Programming and Development have been at the forefront of our planning efforts with more vibrant educational programming on the horizon, as we reinstitute and improve upon the Little American Program. The Association is also exploring the expansion of its programming through collaboration with USMA academics, environmental and natural resource leaders, and educators. In July, this culminated in a meeting with these experts to explore environmental programming possibilities. We are looking forward to further developing and launching this new program, Constitution Island, on the Wild Side! 

 

Our sights are firmly set on getting people to and connecting people with Constitution Island. We endeavor to share the history and ecology of the Island with visitors near and far while continuing to provide access to the extraordinary archives of the Association to West Point Cadets and community, professors and researchers.

 

The Association critically needs your support to enhance interior preservation efforts of the house, and prepare the assessment of our archives and the Warner House furnishings. We are grateful for your past donations, and I urge you to contribute to the CIA as we prepare for the  exciting 21st century reopening of the house. Your gift will help us continue to make this beautiful, historic gem available to all.

Please DONATE to the CIA in any of the following ways:

  • Contribute online via our website, www.constitutionIsland.org

  • Write a check payable to “CIA,” and mail it with the enclosed envelope

  • Enter credit card info via the enclosed donation card and mail it with the enclosed envelope

 

Additionally, we welcome you to our ANNUAL MEETING on Friday, 7 December 2018 at Dutchess Manor in Beacon, NY. We will be honoring the Sidamon-Eristoff family for their years of involvement and dedication to the Association.

 

THANK YOU for A CENTURY OF PROTECTING THE WARNER’S VISION!

 

Gratefully,

Vincent Tamagna, Chairman

Constitution Island Association

PRESERVATION PROGRESS
Posted May , 2018
Preservation construction on the Warner House has been ongoing since October of 2017.
SCHOOL TOURS
Posted May , 2018
BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
Posted May 8 , 2018

On May 6th, an outdoor Baccalaureate Service was held on Constitution Island by the West Point Lutheran Congregation to celebrate the end of studies and to prepare for graduation and commissioning for four of its members.  The service and fellowship time was held in the pavilion followed by a guided tour of the grounds.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Posted March 26, 2018

Dear Members and Supporters of the Constitution Island Association:                                 

 

It’s time to RENEW or JOIN the distinguished group of people who have been important guardians of a special part of our nation’s history for over 100 years! 

 

CIA’s decade old project has come to fruition in 2018, as we witness the full restoration of the Warner House.  With a dedicated Board and great support from the United States Military Academy at West Point we have made unbelievable progress.  The CIA has also launched a new education program and is prepared to welcome visitors to Constitution Island, as we continue the mission of the Warner Sisters.

 

All of this progress was made possible by your support, which is why we need your continued investment in the CIA! We hope you will visit the Education Center and the Island during one of our upcoming tours (tickets will be available via the website in April) or attend one of our 2018 events:

 

  • The Great Chain Sunset Cruise               9th June

  • Re-Enactment Day                                    25th August

  • Chairman’s Picnic1st                                TBA September (members)

  • Family Day                                                 22nd September

 

The exciting restoration on the Island may alter programming and timing of our events.  For instance, our Annual Soirée will now be taking place on The Pride of the Hudson as The Great Chain Sunset Cruise.  We hope to see you all there!

 

To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, please visit our website frequently or be sure to sign-up via the website for email updates. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

There are three ways to join or renew: 

 

  • Go to our website: www.constitutionisland.org and click on “join,” or

  • Call (845) 265-2501 and tell our office staff you’d like to join/renew; or

  • Fill out the enclosed reply flap and return the envelope to us.

 

With your help, we will continue caring for the Warner family’s artifacts and keep sharing the history, wonder, and the amazing scenery of Constitution Island with our visitors.

 

We remain steadfast on our mission of reopening the Warner House, working with our partners at the United States Army Garrison and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Thank you!

 

Vincent Tamagna, Chairman

Constitution Island Association

BOARD NEWS

Posted January 12, 2018

The Association has approved a new Strategic Plan in anticipation of the completion of the Warner House preservation project.

VIEW STRATEGIC PLAN

2017 ​NEWS

ANNUAL APPEAL NEWS

Posted December 2, 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters:                                                                            December 2017

 

We have had a banner year and are ecstatic over the newly completed EDUCATION CENTER.  This impressive new facility is a pristine, climate-controlled environment serving cadets, scholars, tourists, young students and adult learners alike, while providing a space to learn and congregate.  Plans are currently underway to repurpose some of the Association’s Warner artifacts currently on exhibit at the Putnam History Museum, with the help of a curator, into the Education Center’s own interpretive display in 2018. 

 

The best news we could have hoped for arrived in late September when West Point’s Superintendent, Lt. General Robert Caslen shared that the Federal Government has awarded the contract for the PRESERVATION OF THE WARNER HOUSE.  This engineering and structural project has since been successfully contracted “to be completed in 365 days”. 

 

It is now critical to raise funds to restore the house’s interior, prepare an assessment and inventory of the home furnishings and archives, along with the continued care and maintenance of these items in preparation of the reopening of the home.  We will continue hosting our signature events on the Island, along with offering public tours and the continued maintenance of the historically authentic gardens, all realized through the help of our invaluable volunteers.

 

With invigorated enthusiasm, the Board is actively working on reestablishing an incredibly successful educational program that shares the rich history of Constitution Island and the legacy of the Warner Sisters with its visitors.  Our goal is to get people to and connect people with Constitution Island while keeping our sights set on fully reopening in the very near future.

 

CIA is grateful for your past support, and I urge you to consider contributing once again, helping to further support our work and programs outlined above.  Curating, upkeep and providing educational information and material to the public is made possible through your membership and generosity.  Your gift will help us continue to make this beautiful, historic gem available to the public.

 

Please DONATE to the CIA in any of the following ways:

  • Contribute online via our website, www.constitutionIsland.org

  • Write a check payable to “CIA,” and mail it with the enclosed envelope

  • Enter credit card info via the enclosed donation card and mail it with the enclosed envelope

 

Additionally, we welcome you to our ANNUAL MEETING on Sunday, 10 December 2017 at Dutchess Manor in Beacon, NY at 11:30am for a sumptuous brunch followed by the annual election of new Board Members and keynote conversation with Architect Stephen Tilly.

 

THANK YOU for A CENTURY OF PROTECTING THE WARNER’S VISION!

 

Gratefully,

 

Vincent Tamagna, Chairman

Constitution Island Association

ISLAND NEWS

Posted November 15, 2017

ISLAND EVENT NEWS

Posted August 17, 2017

Dear Members of the CIA, 

 

The Constitution Island Association is grateful for your support over the years.  To thank you, I would like to extend an invitation to join us for a Labor Day celebration.  The CIA has a close and supportive partnership with the United States Military Academy at West Point and is proud to announce its first annual Chairman’s Labor Day Picnic, which will conclude at the majestic Trophy Point Amphitheater at the U.S. Military Academy with the grand finale of the “Music Under the Stars” summer concert series.  

Lt. General Caslen, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, has graciously invited a block of our membership to enjoy the powerful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire and fireworks over the Hudson River and Constitution Island.  The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 3rd (rain date Monday, September 4th).  

Join us for an evening of musical delight with some of the finest musicians in the world.  The West Point Band is the Army’s oldest musical organization and has been providing support and music to West Point and the nation since 1817.  Guests of the Constitution Island Association will be provided a box picnic and are welcome to visit the historic U.S. Military Academy grounds and enjoy beautiful Hudson River views while West Point's Concert Band, Hellcats, and Benny Havens Band perform a wide variety of world-class music.  These concerts are free and open to the public.

We have a section reserved for the first thirty guests.  To reserve your seat please call Hilary at 845-265-2501 or email us at ciaatwp@gmail.com.

Very truly yours, 

Vincent Tamagna 

Chairman, Constitution Island Association

MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Posted March 30, 2017

 

Dear Members and Supporters of the Constitution Island Association:                        

​It’s time to RENEW your membership, or BECOME a MEMBER if you’re not one already!  When you join or renew, you are part of a distinguished group of people who have been important guardians of our nation’s history for over 100 years! 

 

CIA’s primary focus in 2017 is on education. The Education Center is completed and we are gearing up to launch a new education program with an interpretive display in the new center.  This display will document and provide the complete, known history of the Island.  This all takes investment, which is why we need you to invest in CIA today! We hope you will visit the Education Center and the Island during one of our upcoming tours (dates to be posted on website by April) or family friendly 2017 events:

 

  • Seafood Soirée                       24th June

  • Garden Day                             29th July

  • Re-Enactment Day                 26th August

  • Family Day                               23rd September

 

There are three ways to join or renew: 

 

  1. Go to our website: www.constitutionisland.org and click on “join,” or

  2. Call (845) 265-2501 and tell our office staff you’d like to join/renew; or

  3. Fill out the enclosed reply flap and return the envelope to us.

 

With your help, we will continue to care for the Warner family’s artifacts and continue to bring the history, the wonder and the amazing scenery of Constitution Island to our visitors.

 

We remain steadfast on our mission to reopen the Warner House working with our partners at the United States Army Garrison and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Thank you!

 

Vincent Tamagna, Chairman

Constitution Island Association

 

ISLAND EVENT NEWS

Posted April 16, 2017

© 2020 Constitution Island Association

Founded in 1916, the Constitution Island Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization accepting tax deductible contributions to maintain the gardens, family archives and contents of the Warner house on Constitution Island.

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