Year's End 2019
Dear Friends of the 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse,
As this busy and productive year draws to its close, we express our gratitude for your ongoing interest in the 1816 Meetinghouse, and we invite your sustaining support as we anticipate a very exciting year ahead in embracing the women’s suffrage centennial.
At this time last year, there was great excitement as we watched posts and beams being put in place, restoring the building’s original dimensions. While activity in recent seasons has not been as visually stunning as a barn raising, we have achieved several major milestones as our organization matures.
We are now chartered as a museum by the New York State Education Department. We have completed documentation of the historic preservation grant which funded much of the restoration to date; this opens the way for future grant applications. Our updated power point program is now available to groups. And we presented what many have said was our most ambitious and popular program series yet! We are most grateful to generous donors who assisted in funding our 2019 speakers and programs.
Plans are already taking shape for 2020, and will include a series of speakers with a focus on the issues of race and suffrage. Watch for announcements of this series, which will be funded with a grant from the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission. And we are in conversations about next steps in the restoration of the 1816 building. The accompanying photo of founding board member Judith Wellman speaking to a League of Women Voters group from Ohio suggests that 2020 will be a banner year here as the centennial of women’s suffrage attracts widespread attention.
Much of what we do is possible only with financial support from sustaining donors. Your tax-deductible contributions help with essential expenses of our programs, and every dollar not needed for insurance and publicity will be used for further restoration. Please donate here.
We deeply appreciate your interest and support.
Board of Trustees
Willie Bontrager, Peter Evans, Doug Fisher, Kenn Harper, Kathleen Hendrix, Lyle Jenks, Charles Lenhart,
Ann Morton, Reginald Neale, Barbara Popenhusen, Diane Robinson, Sue Stehling, Judith Wellman
photo by Stacey VanDenburgh