We invite you to join the
2017 WHM Capital Campaign
to support our move to the
South Center School!
In 1994 the Williamstown Historical Museum (at that time The House of Local History) was designated “the official custodian of town artifacts” at a Special Town Meeting. In order to continue to fulfill this mission, the Museum is now taking an important step. Grateful to have been housed in the town library since our inception in 1941, now that our lease is not renewable we will occupy our own space at the South Center School building (most recently The Little Red Schoolhouse) in South Williamstown.
This move will allow us to maximize our effectiveness in protecting and promoting the history of the Williamstown area. Our five primary activities are:
- Maintaining, conserving and cataloging the valuable materials in our collection
- Presenting permanent and changing exhibitions
- Developing and sponsoring free public programs
- Welcoming additional historic artifacts and documents from the town and townspeople
- Facilitating and carrying out research
The Museum has leased the premises for 50 years from the town, and in order to prepare the building for occupancy both the town and the Museum have been making numerous improvements. We are securing the building envelope and installing energy efficient climate control and a high-quality security system. Aesthetic improvements are being made, including painting, flooring, and window treatments. Other changes will involve creating permanent exhibit space and making improvements that will enhance our temporary exhibits, children’s and research facilities.
We estimate our share of the cost of all renovations to be roughly $75,000. In an early phase of our campaign we have reached more than half our goal. We ask your help now to complete the task. Your generous one-time support (beyond a normal membership contribution) will assure a long-term, museum-quality environment for preserving our town’s history. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space at the Grand Opening in June, 2017. If you have questions or would like to tour the renovation site, please contact us at 413-458-2160 or [email protected]
You can contribute online to the Williamstown Historical Museum’s 2017 Capital Campaign by clicking here: Donate!
Checks may be sent to:
Williamstown Historical Museum
32 New Ashford Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
Thank you for your support!