Art historian David C. Huntington, from Smith College, lectured on "The Artist, the River, and the Mountains." Smith’s book The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church: Vision of an American Era (1966) was significant in the critical rediscovery of Hudson River landscape master Frederic E. Church, and he was a collaborator on the 1966 travelling retrospective of Church’s work organized by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Collection of Fine Arts, the first comprehensive exhibit of Church’s work in nearly 70 years.