Historic Highfield announces its new membership program!
Historic Highfield now offers a membership program to supporters of Highfield Hall for the first time in a decade. Membership is designed as a way to provide individuals, families, and businesses a more formal connection to the organization while offering program discounts and special opportunities in return. Click here to read more.
Bank of Cape Cod announces support for children’s programs at Highfield Hall!
Highfield estate and surrounding Beebe Woods in Falmouth will be an interactive learning environment for children and their families this spring and summer, thanks to a new programming initiative with sponsorship from Bank of Cape Cod. Click here to read more.
Bank of Cape Cod executives join children at a program at Highfield Hall in Falmouth. The bank has made a significant donation to help sponsor new children’s programming at Highfield. Pictured with the preschoolers are (left to right) Timothy T. Telman, bank president and CEO; Kelly Monahan, bank business development officer; Caroline Inman, education coordinator at Highfield; Charles DeSimone, bank senior vice president.
Historic Highfield awarded grant from IMLS!
Historic Highfield, Inc. has been awarded a $76,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, through the Museums for America program, will create a new educational initiative at Highfield Hall that will focus primarily on programming for children and families. Click here to read more.
Our Gardens Are Growing!
On the afternoon of August 5, 2011, trustees and guests gathered to dedicate the newly installed Sunken Garden and celebrate its opening to the public. Chairman of the Board, Joe Valle, welcomed guests with a special acknowledgement of Mary Lou Smith. Funding for the garden was donated by two life-long Woods Hole residents, Mary Draper Janney and Nancy Norman Lassalle, who made their contributions so that the garden would be dedicated in honor of Mrs. Smith, their long-time friend. Mrs. Janney and Mrs. Lassalle, who are both enthusiastic gardeners, spoke at the dedication and cut the official yellow ribbon, with the help of Joe Valle and Smith daughters Chastity, Prudence, Deborah, and Rebecca. The garden was designed by Lucinda Brockway, a landscape preservationist from Kennebunk, Maine, to sympathetically recreate the garden as originally designed by Ernest Bowditch in the nineteenth century and wrought by the Beebe family and their gardening staff from 1880 to 1930. Installed by TNB Landscaping.
Historic Highfield Meets the Challenge!
In late 2010, the Penzance Foundation of New York City challenged Historic Highfield to raise money for reserve and endowment needs. The challenge? Increase our base of support by attracting new donors and expanding donations from existing donors. The Foundation agreed to match, dollar for dollar, every donation in FY 2010/2011 but, if Highfield could hit the $400,000 mark in funds raised, then the match would become $1.50 for every dollar – back to the first dollar! Our Board of Trustees, donors, and the local community rallied to hit that goal raising, in total, $470,000 of eligible funds. Historic Highfield is grateful to all who participated in the match challenge and especially to the Penzance Foundation for their generosity and encouragement. Funds from the Foundation will be invested in building maintenance and improvements over the next year, and will create a capital and operating reserve to fund anticipated deficits over the next decade.
Historic Highfield Welcomes Four New Board Members at Annual Meeting
Historic Highfield, Inc. elected four new trustees to the board at their annual meeting held at Highfield Hall on July 21. The four new trustees are Sandy Smith of Falmouth, Rob Goldsborough of Sippewisett, Fred Greenman of Wellesley and West Falmouth, and Marilyn Fox of Falmouth. Joe Valle of East Falmouth was returned to the office of Chairman for a third term and Meg Pierce of Weston and Woods Hole was elected Vice President. Trustee Sandy Richardson was honored for her years of volunteer leadership and event chairmanship by being the first recipient of the “Sandra L. Richardson Award for Outstanding Service to Historic Highfield.” Pictured here in the restored Sunken Garden at Highfield Hall are, from left, Sandy Smith, Rob Goldsborough, Sandy Richardson, Fred Greenman, and Marilyn Fox.
Highfield Hall honored with 2010 Massachusetts Preservation Award
The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Secretary of the Commonwealth have recognized the restoration of Highfield Hall with a 2010 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award. This annual award is presented to preservation projects or individuals that have displayed an outstanding commitment to historic preservation in Massachusetts. The award was presented to Historic Highfield in a formal ceremony that took place at The Massachuestts Historical Commission on May 18. Secretary William Francis Galvin, Chairman of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, applauded Highfield Hall saying, “The careful restoration of Highfield Hall and the remarkable dedication of Historic Highfield demonstrate a strong commitment to historic preservation that goes well beyond what is normally expected.” Citations from the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives were presented to Historic Highfield and accepted by Executive Director Barbara Milligan, along with the 2010 Preservation Award.
Historic Highfield announces summer-long celebration of gardens at Highfield Hall.
Historic Highfield will be launching a major fundraising initiative this summer to fund the restoration of the historic landscape surrounding Highfield Hall. The effort will include a celebration of gardens with headline speakers, gardening workshops, and an art exhibition entitled Glories of the Garden. Featured speakers include Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello; John Forti, Curator of Historic Landscapes at Strawberry Banke; and Lucinda Brockway, noted landscape designer and preservationist who prepared the plan for the Highfield garden restoration. More details to follow.
Falmouth Recieves Designation as a Preserve America Community
The White House has named Falmouth as a Preserve Amercia Community. This special designation recognizes Falmouth's efforts to save and preserve local history through the preservation of its historical resources and open spaces. Highfield Hall was proud to have been a part of this very special honor. Read more about Preserve America.
Highfield Hall Receives IMLS Museums
for America Grant
July 22, 2008
Historic Highfield, Inc. has been awarded a federal grant
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund a
comprehensive interpretive strategy for Highfield Hall. The
grant will fund a permanent, professionally-designed exhibition "The
Highfield Story," as well as mobile interpretive stations
throughout the Hall and a self-guided tour brochure for the
gardens and grounds. "This is a very
prestigious award, and we are honored to be in such esteemed
company" stated Highfield Hall's Executive Director Barbara
Milligan. "The funding has energized our staff and
volunteers and we are excited to embark on this project, which
will greatly enhance the visitor experience at Highfield Hall." Read more about IMLS.
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