Greetings from the Kent Historical Society
It has been an extraordinary year for the Kent Historical Society! 2013 saw several long-term dreams and ideas brought into fruition, with very positive responses from you. For example:
The renovation of one of the Seven Hearths outbuildings from its beginning as George Laurence Nelson’s garage to its new life as “The Art Barn” is progressing well, with a final coat of deep brown stain being applied at the time of this writing. Its doors were opened this summer for the well-attended resumption of our Kids Art Camp. During that “camp” time, we heard requests for adult art lessons there, as well as for various other hands-on family programs. We’re looking forward to their development.
The campaign to raise awareness about GLN began quietly in January and has just reached a crescendo after a successful summer of GLN-related activity – lectures, art exhibits, a wine auction and a gala-fundraising dinner at the Fife ‘n Drum. We’ve attracted the attention of many people who have never been to Seven Hearths before, and who are impressed and intrigued with Nelson’s art and his personal story. The campaign was recently the focus of an interview on NPR’s Robin Hood Radio (WHDD 91.9 FM).
At the same time, we are deep into the process of writing a new strategic plan, as most of you know. With your prompt and thoughtful responses to our planning survey, we’re getting an increasingly clear vision of where we ought to be headed. We’ve yet to fully analyze those responses, but have been able to anticipate and respond to some requests. Social media such as Facebook and Constant Contact are now a regular part of our operations, because you asked for it. We’re developing more family and hands-on programs, because you asked for them. We will continue to welcome your input and comments, including the humorous ones, such as the following that was submitted in a Seven Hearths exit survey this summer that asked what the visitors liked about the house and artwork: The plumb lines! Always enjoy feeling a little tipsy at an art exhibit!
And now we will close this amazing year by happily going back to our historical roots with another living-history performance, this time by actress and educator Sandra Tarbox, who will do an intriguing striptease act at our Annual Meeting at the Kent Community House on Sunday, November 17. Please join us!
We hope you will continue to support the Kent Historical Society by renewing your membership, attending our programs and voicing your opinions!
Marge Smith, Executive Director
And the Staff and Trustees of the greatest historical society in the world!