Annual Appeal 2016

We are deeply grateful for your on-going support of the Society and hope that we may be deserving of your support as we anticipate an exciting new year. Your overwhelmingly positive reaction to the many programs of the past year has been an inspiration as we plan for the year to come. This annual appeal is the foundation for the coming year, providing one third of our operating income. If you are a previous donor, please consider a move to a new gift level. If you are a new donor, please understand that your participation is critical to our success.We are constantly reassessing how to connect with our community and how to provide YOU, our supporters, with experiences that will forge new connections with people and places. What is it about history that stirs up our emotions? Whether feelings of sadness, joy, laughter or excitement? During the past year it has become clear that our mission extends far beyond simply preservation or formal education. Our greatest successes have been programs and events that help our community express and create an emotional connection to this incredibly special town.


2017 will bring some exciting initiatives:

  • The construction of much needed visitor amenities at the Handy House such as restrooms and plentiful parking as well as trails in the woodland surrounding the Handy House.
  • We will also delve into the deep and wide topic of the heritage of water, a theme that literally flows through our history. And of course, continue to offer unique programming such as the Artisan Fair, Westport Summer Passport, Backpack Adventures, and educational opportunities for the local schools.
  • Later in 2017 you will also have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the remarkable Paul Cuffe whose influence as an African- American, Native-American, Quaker, mariner, businessman, visionary extends far beyond the borders of Westport. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his death, in partnership with other neighboring historical organizations, we will introduce new perspectives on his life and family.

Our challenges for the coming year are the following:


  • The ongoing care and management of our priceless collection.
  • Providing programs that are free and accessible to everyone.
  • The ongoing preservation of two treasured buildings, the Bell School and the Handy House.

Diversity of learning opportunities and programming are also key to our continued success. Given the packed community halls at our programs, the delighted reactions to our family activities, and excitement of school kids as they visit the Bell School and Handy House, we have demonstrated a great record of success reaching a diverse array of individuals. With your help, we look forward to crafting a year full of new opportunities to explore our local history!
Thank you!

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Westport Historical Society PO Box N188 Westport MA 02790:

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