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June 14, 2011


COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge — stars of Planet Green’s reality show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” and founders of the crafts-driven mercantile business Beekman 1802 — will be presented with Hyde Hall’s inaugural Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award during the historic site’s annual gala on Saturday, 6 August 2011.

The annual award recognizes individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving, promoting, and supporting the traditions of country life, from its artisans to its landscape. It is named in honor of Anne Hyde Clarke Logan (1924—2010), first chairman of the Friends of Hyde Hall, a group formed to restore the important New York country house designed by architect Philip Hooker for Mrs. Logan’s ancestor George Clarke. Located in Springfield, New York, near Cooperstown, Hyde Hall was constructed between 1817 and 1835 and has been called “one of the two or three greatest houses in America” by architecture critic Brendan Gill.

The award will be given to Mr. Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Ridge by British interior decorator Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill. Having grown up at Blenheim Palace as the elder daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, Lady Henrietta has long been a supporter of classical architecture and cultural heritage.

Mr. Kilmer-Purcell, an advertising executive and New York Times bestselling author, and Dr. Ridge, a geriatrician, are residents of Sharon Springs, New York, where they reside at historic Beekman Mansion. The couple celebrates traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, weaving, soap making, and cheese production, utilizing the talents of local and regional artisans and bringing their work to national attention through the Beekman 1802 shop and website, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” and the books The Bucolic Plague (Harper, 2010), and The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Recipe Cookbook (Sterling Epicure, October 2011). A dry-laid stone wall they commissioned from artist Michael Whaling is the subject of The Garden Wall at Beekman Farm (Argian Press, 2011); it was written by Mr. Whaling and features photographs by Leila Durkin.

For more information about Hyde Hall, the Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award, or the 2011 gala, contact Karen Sheckells at karensheckells. Tickets for the gala are $175 each.

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