A message from Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

Dear Friends,

There are only a few days left to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Won’t you please take a moment, now, to:

  • make a secure, online donation through JustGive.org; or
  • write a check to the Bartow-Pell Landmark Fund and mail to the address above?The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has seen a year of spectacular growth in programming, visitation, and outreach. Now, during the holidays, it beautifully captures the spirit of the season with a sense of possibilities and renewal. We hope that you, our valued members and friends, feel the growing excitement and will support us with an annual gift.

    Among the accomplishments of the past year, Sierra Club volunteers cleared invasive plants along the Carriage House driveway; Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training Academystudents removed downed trees along trails and helped create a seating area overlooking the wildflower meadow; Morningside Nursing Home residents planted a kitchen garden, donating the produce to a Bronx shelter; and a group of international volunteers finished the three-year stonework restoration of our formal 1916 Delano & Aldrich-designed garden with funds from aNational Trust for Historic Preservation grant.
    Work inside the Mansion matched this tremendous outdoor activity. Curators began implementing our 448-page Furnishings Plan, a compilation of primary source documents, site history, and suggestions for interpreting each room as it may have appeared in the mid-19th century. A volunteer exhibition committee, staff, and interns mounted two outstanding exhibitionsFrom Pells to Parks: All About Us and The Boltons of Pelham Priory: A Cultural Legacy from England to America. In addition, a beautiful needlepoint rug made years ago by International Garden Club members was cleaned and blocked to replace the threadworn original on which it was modeled.
    Museum staff continued to increase the diversity of public offerings and to grow our all-important school programs with over 2,000 students participating. In addition, high school interns developed and led new vacation workshops for children focusing on history and the environment, while college and graduate school interns did research and assisted with the museum’s collection.
    In 2011, we will build on all this activity. We ask that you help us maintain this momentum. Please come, get involved, and participate in our exciting new programs and events. And please contribute to our year-end annual appeal with a tax-deductible donation to the Bartow-Pell Landmark Fund. It is through your support that we can continue our legacy and carry the spirit into the future.
    Many thanks and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!


    Marion Cooke, President of the Board           Ellen Bruzelius, Executive Director


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