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06 April 2010
It's been far too long since we blogged -- we'd actually like to think that Mr. Alcott would have been a real fan of this Internet feature had it existed in his time!
We have stayed nicely busy through the Fall and Winter, and are grateful that Spring is finally looking as if it is here to stay. The trees are leafing out, daffodils are popping into golden yellow bloom along our fence posts, and the birds and woodland creatures are foraging for nesting material, so a new generation is not far off in coming ...
Today we are hosting a group photo opportunity in support of "Saving America's Treasures Week." Sponsored by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, events around the country at a variety of the 1,100 Official Projects of Save America's Treasures are intended to raise awareness of the worth and vital need for continuation of preservation programs. As you may already know, the proposed 2011 Federal budget completely eliminates funding for Save America's Treasures as well as Preserve America, and cuts in half funding for National Heritage Areas.
Back in 1999, Orchard House was designated an Official Project of Save America's Treasures and, as such, we were most fortunate (nay, blessed) to be able to apply for and receive a $400,000 grant to begin the most intense preservation work ever undertaken in our site's [then] nearly 90-year history. This "seed money" rescued Orchard House from certain destruction by enabling us to build the first-ever foundation under the back half of the House (largely constructed by hand and while we were still open to the public) and correct massive structural abnormalities that had, of financial necessity, only been addressed before by stop-gap measures. Because of the imprimatur of this highly competitive grant, we were also able to leverage a triple-match of our $400,000 award and fund $1.5 million of Phase I preservation!
As grateful as we are for this, the influence and impact of Save America's Treasures reaches far beyond Orchard House. In Massachusetts alone over the past 10 years, Save America's Treasures has poured more than $16 million into preserving and restoring historic sites and icons and revitalizing historic downtowns. Nationwide, 16,000 jobs have been created and $377 million in additional public/private funding has been leveraged. Those statistics make Save America's Treasures quite "the economic stimulus engine that could"!
Now, as Save America's Treasures is fighting for its very own existence, we are privileged to be part of the effort to convince Congress to reinstate funding for this worthy and highly effective program. Even if you can't physically join us for the photo today, please consider making your support heard by your Congressional representatives. The National Trust website has an easy on-line form that will communicate your sentiments to the appropriate members of Congress for your area; please visit www.preservationnation.org to submit your response. Also, forwarding this information to your family, friends, and colleagues this week (while Congress is in Easter Recess and actively listening to their constituents!) will help enormously.
Thank you in advance for any help you are able to offer, and may you all enjoy a beautiful Spring!
18 May 2009
Additional grant recipients will be announced on June 16th.
17 May 2009
The Partners in Preservation contest ends tonight at midnight, only a few hours from now!
If you have stuck with us though the entire five-week voting period -- many, many thanks! We've relished the challenge of devising clever yet non-intrusive ways for you to be reminded to vote, and admire your own perseverance in remembering every day.
If you joined us along the way in our quest for the $100,000 preservation grant, we thank you as well. The incredible surge we experienced last week -- going from 15th place to 12th place in four days -- was remarkable and inspiring!
We're very grateful for the exciting ways in which we've reached out on social networking sites and the many new and renewed friends and followers we've acquired in the process. We hope you will continue to check for updates on us in the future. Better yet, if you're ever in Concord, MA, do make sure to visit Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Thank you all so much for your support!
13 May 2009
We would like to share with you the following incredible story that occurred yesterday:
Please vote for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House in the Partners in Preservation contest. On-line voting ends this Sunday, 17 May 2009 at midnight. We have made incredible progress -- moving from 15th to 14th to 13th place -- in only three days! With your help, we know we can succeed!
To cast your ballot for us to win a $100,000 preservation grant, click here. Thank you!
07 May 2009
Please read this article by clicking on the title of this blog post (and for more information on why we need to win the Partners in Preservation contest, visit http://www.louisamayalcott.org).
Then, vote for us every day through May 17th at http://www.PartnersinPreservation.com.
your daily votes are crucial to our success!!!
Please help us break into the Top 10 ... and stay there! (And please spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same.)
01 May 2009
To find out even more about why we should win, visit this special portion of our website: http://www.louisamayalcott.org/vote2009.html.
23 April 2009
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House makes the front page of The Concord Journal (and on-line at Wicked Local, too)!
Once a day every day through May 17th at www.PartnersinPreservation.com!
21 April 2009
This year marks the tenth time Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House has asked volunteers to help with our annual gardens and grounds clean-up. In the past, this event has not only helped us to save on costly landscaping fees, but also promotes a spirit of camaraderie that is beautiful to experience -- young and old and everyone in between working alongside each other to make "America's House" awake from its long Winter nap and look beautiful for the new tourism season!
The clean-up date of Saturday, April 25th also happens to fall on "Global Youth Service Day," an international effort to encourage youth volunteerism to make a difference in local communities. We provide Community Service credits to students and boy/girl scouts, so it's a terrific way to get what you need and have a good time doing it! (For more info on Global Youth Service Day, visit www.gysd.org.)
Finally, this year's clean-up is vital to our success, as it will help us "put our best face forward" when we host our Open House for the Partners in Preservation contest on May 2nd & 3rd. If we win, we will receive $100,000 to preserve Orchard House! (For details -- and to vote for us every day through May 17th! -- visit www.PartnersinPreservation.com.)
Volunteers can help out for the entire day or for an hour or two. Families are welcome, and you don't need previous gardening experience -- we have all manner of activity to keep folks busy! Healthy snacks and lunch are provided too, so what's not to like? (In the event of rain, "Spruce Up for Spring" will be held on Sunday, April 26th.) Hope you can help!